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News & Events

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The Iris Network is always looking for new information and events in support of the blind and visually impaired. If you have some, send information to Regal Naseef, Director of Communication at rnaseef@theiris.org.


Adaptive Summer Sailing & Music Activities!



IMPOSSIBLE DREAM is the world’s only catamaran designed form the keel up to be universally accessible.
 

Join us for an open-house in support of our Horizons Adaptive Sailing Program and The Impossible Dream – a 60’ fully accessible catamaran from Miami, Florida, will be docked at SailMaine for tours! Entertainment and light refreshment will be provided. 

August 2

4pm-7pm

SailMaine

58 Fore St

Portland, Maine 

Sailing Trips (10am-1pm or 2pm-5pm):

July 29

July 30

August 1

August 2 


 

HORIZONS ADAPTIVE MUSIC FEST

JULY 26

Empowering ability through music. 

Hosted at L.L. Bean Discovery Park, Freeport, Maine

11am-4pm 

Horizons Music Fest is a part of the Horizons... Continue Reading

Anthem-USABA National Fitness Challenge


Anthem-USABA National Fitness Challenge!
 

A grant from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation enabled The Iris Network to become one of only 17

organizations nationwide to participate in a National Fitness Challenge for people with vision impairment to live actively. 

4 participants averaged over 10,000 steps a day for the entire program

16 visually impaired residents of Iris Park Apartments participated

9,323.8 miles

101,007 active minutes

23,240,522 Steps 

In 2019, the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation awarded The Iris Network and the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) a $20,000 grant to empower its members to participate in the National Fitness... Continue Reading

WGAN Broadcast for Golf Tournament


If you missed it, here is the WGAN Morning News radio interview by Matt & Ken with Bob Wakefield, board member of The Iris Network
and Charlie Prinn – about the upcoming golf tournament.
https://wgan.com/morning-news/iris-lions-charity-golf-tournament/ 

And here is the link to “enter to win” a chance to golf with Matt & Ken at the tournament. Please share today!
https://wgan.com/2019/05/31/you-could-golf-with-ken-matt/ 

See more information, registration fee, and link to register below.
 

Want an opportunity to golf at Maine’s Premier course,

The Woodlands Club in Falmouth? 

 

 

 Tee up & take a swing for
The Iris Network and Maine Lions! 

Monday, June 10
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Falmouth Lions AUCTION Saturday, June 1

It’s time for SPRING CLEANING & RENEWAL! 

Free up some space by DONATING used items you want out of a house or business
or
Come and FIND NEW TREASURES at an amazing deal! 

 

2019 FALMOUTH LIONS ANNUAL AUCTION 

Saturday, June 1, 2019 

100 Woods Rd. – Falmouth, Maine 

INCREDIBLE auction deals on: boats, cars, mowers, furniture, exercise equipment, sporting items, plants, white elephant tables

(books, jewelry, cameras, dishes, etc.) ... and MORE! 

All proceeds go to the Falmouth Lions charitable donation fund.

The Lions can pick up your donated items at your house (John at jpwcraftsman@maine.rr.com or 207-671-5050 after 5:00pm)

or arrange for a time to transfer item(s)... Continue Reading

Aira app helps the visually-impaired navigate the system

The Iris Network campus in Portland is a location that provides free access to Aira for clients and students attending the Rehabilitation Center (preparing people who are blind or visually impaired for employment and independent living.) Aira connects people who are blind or low vision to a trained professional agent who is dedicated to further enhancing their everyday experience - assistance at the touch of a button. 

Elise Tabor, Access Technology Specialist gave a live demonstration this month to our Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapists (CVRT) along with an agent who did an outstanding job of answering all of their questions including how to keep safety/privacy in the

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An Act To Require Public Transit To Be Accessible

An Act To Require Public Transit To Be Accessible to Riders who are Blind or Visually Impaired

Public Hearings: Thursday, May 2, 2019 1:00 PM, State House, Room 126 for LD 1166 

SUMMARY

This bill requires that all state and municipal vehicles that operate on a fixed route system for the purpose of public transportation must be equipped with an automated announcement system that delivers audible messages to passengers regarding transit route, current and next stop and destination of the vehicle. The bill provides an exemption for vehicles that cannot reasonably be equipped with an automated announcement system. 

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 23... Continue Reading

PIZZA for the greater GOOD

ORDER PIZZA IN THE MONTH OF MAY TO SUPPORT THE IRIS NETWORK!

 Leonardo’s Fresh Quality Pizza

415 Forest Ave

Portland, Maine

(207) 775-4444

http://leonardosonline.com/order-online.html

or download Leonardo’s Pizza mobile app

 The Iris Network supports people who are blind or visually impaired; For more information, contact us at (207) 774-6273 or www.theiris.org.


White Cane Coffee

Providing Great Coffee to our Customers and Providing Sustaining Jobs for People with Disabilities - A Job Insights Spotlight
Blind Abilities
 
Listen to an interview on Blind Abilities about a father and daughter entrepreneur team started White Cane Coffee out of Pennsylvania: http://blindabilities.com/?p=4827. The daughter, Erin uses a white cane and started this company to provide great coffee to their customers and provide self-sustaining jobs for people with disabilities. They plan to start an affiliate program, so they'll be paying for online referrals. They can be reached on their website: https://whitecanecoffee.com or by phone at (814) 218-2837.

Coffee for a Cause Partners with The Iris Network!

Coffee ME Up

Our friends at Coffee ME Up221 Cumberland Avenue in Portland by Franklin Street and the Cathedral Grace Church is having a fundraiser for The Iris Network on Monday and Tuesday, April 29 and 30th … we hope to see you there!! 

100% of drink sales will be donated to support our mission to help people who are visually impaired or blind attain independence and community integration. In doing so, we aim to help build a world where no person is limited by visual impairment or blindness. 

Click Here to visit the link on Facebook (if you have an account):

LOW VISION CENTER Spring Sale

Low Vision Center Logo

 The Iris Network

LOW VISION CENTER Spring Sale

Wednesday – Friday, April 17-19

20-30% off selected items

Contact Diane: (207) 774-6273

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  • The Sunshine Club

    The Sunshine Club

    07/ 2/2019

    The Sunshine Club, Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month from 11:00 to 1:00 at the Lobster Trap on 25 Bay St. Winslow.  Contact Betty Soule for more information about the Sunshine Club or to participate at (207) 872-2967 or (207) 557-5181. Click here for more information.

  • VIP Group of Boothbay Harbor

    VIP Group of Boothbay Harbor

    07/ 2/2019 01:00 PM to 02:30 PM

    Visually Impaired Persons (VIP) group in Boothbay Harbor meets the first Tuesday of every month from 1:00-2:30pm at the Community Center located in the Meadow Mall, 185 Townsend Ave, Boothbay Harbor, Maine. There is no meeting in July. For more information, contact Mollie Moore at 207-633-3810 or Joan Stark at 207-633-2498.

  • Visually Impaired Support Team Alliance or VISTA

    Visually Impaired Support Team Alliance or VISTA

    07/ 2/2019

    Originated in the Augusta area, allowing people with a vision impairment to meet in an informal environment to talk about our challenges and how we overcome those challenges.  We mentor and support one another by listening to one another, offering encouragement, and praising one another for overcoming and achieving.  No achievement is ever too small!  We meet on the First and Third Tuesdays of each month.  The time is 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm EST.  We welcome you!  for more information, please call or write: Leona McKenna 207-333-7087

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  • Bangor Disability Peer Support Group

    Bangor Disability Peer Support Group

    07/ 4/2019 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM

    Bangor Disability Peer Support Group 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m at Advanced Modifications in Hermon; the number is 848-8226 This group meets on the first Thursday of each month. FMI: contact Alpha One in Bangor at 207-941-6553, TTY 877-229-8954

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  • DOVER LOW VISION GROUP

    DOVER LOW VISION GROUP

    07/ 5/2019 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

    Who are we?

    We are a support group.  We provide connection to others who are blind or visually impaired as well as their spouses, partners, friends etc.

    Employees of the Division of the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBVI) also attend to provide information and access to services to anyone experiencing visual impairment or blindness.

    MEETING TIME AND PLACE

    We meet on the FIRST FRIDAY of each month.  We meet from 10:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. in the community center at Thayer Parkway, Dover-Foxcroft.

    PLEASE JOIN US!  Any questions, contact:

    Nancy, 564-0036 OR  Marlana, 564-0332.

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  • The Lewiston Auburn Support Group

    The Lewiston Auburn Support Group

    07/ 6/2019

    The Lewiston Auburn Support Group meets from 12-1 the first Saturday of the month at George’s Pizza in Auburn. FMI please call Leon Proctor at 212-1455.

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  • Behind Our Eyes Group

    Behind Our Eyes Group

    07/ 7/2019 08:00 PM to 09:00 PM

    April 3rd, 2011: Behind Our Eyes 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. This group meets through phone calls to discuss writings, listen to speakers and network with fellow writers. Meetings are held the first and third Sunday of each month. Contact Elisa Busch at 571-257-7355 or glbusch@comcast.net for more information.

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  • The Rainbow Club

    The Rainbow Club

    07/ 8/2019

    The Rainbow Club, Meets the 2nd Monday of each monthat the American Legion Post 205, 396 Eastern Ave. in Augusta Lunch cost is $7.00. Please contact Barbara Potter for more information and to R.S.V.P. at (207) 622-3512 Click here for more information

  • A support group for clients with low vision is available in the Bangor area

    A support group for clients with low vision is available in the Bangor area

    07/ 8/2019 01:00 PM to 02:30 PM

    In collaboration with Maine’s Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBVI) and The Iris Network, a support group for clients with low vision in the Bangor area has formed with an initial six members and is open for new members to join. They meet at the Career Center on the second and forth Monday every month at 1-2:30pm.  Family and friends are also invited. Sessions are now led by DBVI or The Iris Network staff, addressing participants’ areas of interest where members share their experiences and needs. For more information, contact Sue Summers at ssummers@theiris.org.

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  • Visually Impaired Support Team Alliance or VISTA

    Visually Impaired Support Team Alliance or VISTA

    07/16/2019

    Originated in the Augusta area, allowing people with a vision impairment to meet in an informal environment to talk about our challenges and how we overcome those challenges.  We mentor and support one another by listening to one another, offering encouragement, and praising one another for overcoming and achieving.  No achievement is ever too small!  We meet on the First and Third Tuesdays of each month.  The time is 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm EST.  We welcome you!  for more information, please call or write: Leona McKenna 207-333-7087

  • Waterville Disability Peer Support Group

    Waterville Disability Peer Support Group

    07/16/2019 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM

    Waterville Disability Peer Support Group 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Pleasant Street
    United Methodist Church. This group meets each month on the third Tuesday of the month. For more information, contact Alpha One in Bangor at (207) 941-6553 or TTY (877) 229-8954.

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  • Behind Our Eyes Group

    Behind Our Eyes Group

    07/21/2019 08:00 PM to 09:00 PM

    April 3rd, 2011: Behind Our Eyes 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. This group meets through phone calls to discuss writings, listen to speakers and network with fellow writers. Meetings are held the first and third Sunday of each month. Contact Elisa Busch at 571-257-7355 or glbusch@comcast.net for more information.

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  • A support group for clients with low vision is available in the Bangor area

    A support group for clients with low vision is available in the Bangor area

    07/22/2019 01:00 PM to 02:30 PM

    In collaboration with Maine’s Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBVI) and The Iris Network, a support group for clients with low vision in the Bangor area has formed with an initial six members and is open for new members to join. They meet at the Career Center on the second and forth Monday every month at 1-2:30pm.  Family and friends are also invited. Sessions are now led by DBVI or The Iris Network staff, addressing participants’ areas of interest where members share their experiences and needs. For more information, contact Sue Summers at ssummers@theiris.org.

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  • Visual Impairment Service Team (VIST) Education and Support Group

    Visual Impairment Service Team (VIST) Education and Support Group

    07/25/2019 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

    Education and Support group hosted by the Visual Impairment Services Team at VA Maine: 4th Thursday of the month from 10-11:30am (except Nov. and Dec. when it occurs the 3rd Thursday).  This is a closed group for veterans enrolled in the VA Maine Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) program.  Contact Amy Tague at 1-877-421-8263, ext. 5944 for more information on how to participate.

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  • The Wells Support Group

    The Wells Support Group

    07/31/2019

    The Wells Support Group, For people with vision impairments and their significant others, Wells Congregational Church, Post Road (US Route 1) last Wednesday of the month from September until June (except July and August), from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. FMI call Brenda Bacon 207-646-7079.

 
 
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