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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.


Article on Macular Degeneration

Dr. Berlin, ophthalmologist at The Iris Network and founder of the Low Vision Clinic in Portland, has reviewed the following article and extracted a shorter version for you (below). If anyone has more questions, feel free to call The Iris Network at (207) 774-6273 and leave their contact information and the good doctor has offered to get back to you.

Hope for new macular degeneration treatments buoys patients

Boston Globe

By Robert Weisman GLOBE STAFF  September 09, 2018 

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/09/09/hope-for-new-treatments-buoys-macular-degeneration-patients/TNBU9Nib9HWN5DwusJIMAK/story.html?s_campaign=8315 

Thoughts on New Macular Degeneration... Continue Reading

Hope for new macular degeneration treatments buoys patients

Boston Globe

By Robert WeismanGlobe Staff  September 09, 2018

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/09/09/hope-for-new-treatments-buoys-macular-degeneration-patients/TNBU9Nib9HWN5DwusJIMAK/story.html?s_campaign=8315

Orioles to wear Braille jerseys to honor the blind

Please follow the link for a story about the Baltimore Orioles baseball team, and their plans to wear shirts with Braille on it to celebrate the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) being headquartered in Baltimore for 40 years. 

http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/24586211/baltimore-orioles-wear-braille-jerseys-honor-blind

The Iris Network featured on The USM Update

University of Southern Maine – Office of Public Affairs

'The USM Update,' Sept. 4, 2018

Picture of Lori Tully (far left) interviewed by Glen Cummings, President of USM

Lori Tully, Nationally Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (CVRC)/Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) at The Iris Network was featured on an interview as part of the USM Update September 4, 2018. Following is a link to a brief panel discussion with the President of USM, Glenn Cummings. The actual conversation was in depth and included the President talking about his personal experience with individuals with vision loss (his grandmother was blind).  In this clip Glenn is referring to how The Iris Network is one option for employment for University of Southern Maine (USM)... Continue Reading

AIRA, an App Used to Assist with Grocery Shopping

Aira has developed an app to assist people who are blind or visually impaired do their grocery shopping. Wegmans is the first chain to partner with Aira and has it available in all of their stores. Here is the link: https://aira.io/wegmans

Here is a newsclip from a local station in Rochester NY:
https://13wham.com/news/local/app-helps-the-blind-visually-impaired-shop-at-wegmans

DEMONSTRATION DAY hosted by The Iris Network’s Low Vision Clinic!

Demo Day

DATE:                  Thursday September 27,2018 from 10am-2pm

PLACE:                The Iris Network
                               189 Park Ave
                               Portland, Maine 04102

EVENT: Low Vision Solutions Demo Day with Stu Flom from AdaptiVision. Stu will demonstrate the latest technology including: Optelec Clearview C with Speech, the ClearReader + which converts text-to-speech, the Traveller HD 13", Compact 6HD with Speech and Stella low vision lighting. Stu will also be showing the latest in wearable technology including Orcam, and IrisVision in the brand-new RevoSight from Zoomax.

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UMaine Grant

Our own board member, Nicholas Giudice, UMaine professor of spatial informatics, will be granted $748,000 from the National Science Foundation for a project at the University of Maine, in which The Iris Network wrote a letter of support: 

First-of-its-kind learning platform could give students who are blind or visually impaired access to STEM-related graphics 

UMaine News 

Margaret Nagle 

August 27, 2018 

Link to article:

https://umaine.edu/news/blog/2018/08/27/first-of-its-kind-learning-platform-could-give-students-who-are-blind-or-visually-impaired-access-to-stem-related-graphics/

Don't Let Eye Problems Keep You From Painting

Artists with compromised vision have dazzled the world
By Patricia Corrigan Contributing Writer January 16, 2018

LINK TO ARTICLE:
https://www.nextavenue.org/eye-problems-painting/

After blindness, Dan finds work and purpose at Goodwill's warehouse

https://goodwillnne.org/success-stories/after-blindness-dan-finds-work-and-purpose-at-goodwills-warehouse-blind/

 

Iris Sweeps Several Vision Rehabilitation Awards!

Iris Sweeps Several Vision Rehabilitation Awards!

Vision Rehabilitation Award Winners 

The Association for Education and Rehabilitation (AER) of the Blind and Visually Impaired has offered their sincerest congratulations to three Iris Network employees for being nominated and winning awards at the AER International Conference that was held recently in Reno, Nevada. Each of these awards shows a strong dedication and understanding to the field of vision rehabilitation. David Barnwell presented the awards today and adds, "We are all very proud and honored to have each of you on The Iris Network staff and offer our sincerest congratulations!" 

The Bruce McKenzie Award for Lifetime Achievement
The Bruce McKenzie award is a
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  • The Lewiston Auburn Support Group

    The Lewiston Auburn Support Group

    09/ 1/2018

    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

    09/ 2/2018 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 Sunshine Club

    The Sunshine Club

    09/ 4/2018

    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

    09/ 4/2018 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

    09/ 4/2018

    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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  • The Wells Support Group

    The Wells Support Group

    09/ 6/2018

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

  • Bangor Disability Peer Support Group

    Bangor Disability Peer Support Group

    09/ 6/2018 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

    09/ 7/2018 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 Rainbow Club

    The Rainbow Club

    09/10/2018

    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

    09/10/2018 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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  • Behind Our Eyes Group

    Behind Our Eyes Group

    09/16/2018 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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  • Visually Impaired Support Team Alliance or VISTA

    Visually Impaired Support Team Alliance or VISTA

    09/18/2018

    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

    09/18/2018 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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  • 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

    09/24/2018 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

    09/27/2018 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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