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Rocky Road for Ride Hotline

Rocky road for ride hotline Startup helping clients without smartphones faces hurdles San Francisco Chronicle 18 Nov 2019 By Carolyn Said  Mike Levinson of Daly City, who is legally blind and doesn’t have a smartphone, uses GoGoGrandparent to book ride hail services. State regulators are challenging the startup. Link to full article below:
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GIVING TUESDAY Dec 3!

Although you can do this anytime of the year, GIVING TUESDAY , coming up December 3 rd (after Thanksgiving) is a reminder that you can conveniently shop online for the holidays (to avoid traffic and crowds at the malls) giving to your family and friends, while giving back to The Iris Network at no extra cost to you! Simply go to https://smile.amazon.com to shop, set up an account
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From the Top musicians November 21 at Iris!

A music non-profit that features young talented classical musicians (below age 18) on National Public Radio (NPR) https://www.fromthetop.org/      Iris Park Apartments 201 Park Ave – Portland, Maine COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT DAY November 21, 2019   YOU ARE INVITED! 12:30-1:30 Musical Performance/Presentation (Dining Room)
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January Demo Day

DEMO DAY! Come in for a one-on-one demonstration and hands on exploration of low vision devices Thursday, January 16/2020 10am/12noon/2pm Sponsored by New England Low Vision Register now!  THE IRIS NETWORK Brick building under blue awning in the back of the Iris parking lot 189 Park Ave – Portland, Maine Meeting in the Board Room  Contact
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SUPPORT GROUP MEETING

What : Cumberland County Support Group Where : The Iris Network - 189 Park Avenue - Portland When : Wednesday, November 20, 2019 from 10am-noon Who : People who are visually impaired and loved ones  This month’s topic: Open Discussion   FMI: Randy Bellavance at (207) 212-8613 or   rbellavance@theiris.org   To Teleconference, call (515) 603-4910 PIN:
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Upcoming Iris Network Events

11/25/2019 01:00 PM to 02:30 PM
A support group for clients with low vision is available in the Bangor area

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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12/ 9/2019 01:00 PM to 02:30 PM
A support group for clients with low vision is available in the Bangor area

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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12/23/2019 01:00 PM to 02:30 PM
A support group for clients with low vision is available in the Bangor area

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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01/13/2020 01:00 PM to 02:30 PM
A support group for clients with low vision is available in the Bangor area

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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Upcoming Community Events

11/19/2019 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM
Waterville Disability Peer Support Group

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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11/27/2019
The Wells Support Group

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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11/28/2019 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Visual Impairment Service Team (VIST) Education and Support Group

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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12/ 1/2019 08:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Behind Our Eyes Group

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 Iris Network is a community-based, Maine nonprofit 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation. Our vision is to build a world where no person is limited by visual impairment or blindness. The Iris Network is accredited by the National Accreditation Council for Blindness and Low Vision Services.

 
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