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Serving people who are blind or visually impaired since 1905


Haben Girma Attorney, Global Inclusion Leader

Seismic Shifts – Women’s Leadership Forum The Ad Club 2019 The first Deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School, Haben Girma advocates for equal opportunities for people with disabilities. President Obama named her a White House Champion of Change. She received the Helen Keller Achievement Award, and a spot on Forbes 30 Under 30. Haben travels the world
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Iris Network – Vision with no limits – Insight Impact Report – Spring 2019

Click Here for the complete newsletter in PDF Format Thanks to you: 848 total people were served in Fiscal Year 2018 31 people graduated the Rehabilitation Center 39 people were served through Access Technology & Employment Services 601 people were served through Vision Rehabilitation Services 35 residents were provided with 24/7 supportive housing services at Iris Park
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Blind runner, guide dog trio makes history in NYC Half Marathon

By Emily Welch Updated 2:10 AM ET, Mon March 18, 2019  (CNN) Thomas Panek and his running guide dogs Westley, Waffle and Gus made history on Sunday in the 2019 New York City Half Marathon. Panek, the president and CEO of Guiding Eyes for the Blind , was the first blind runner to complete the half marathon with guide dogs.  For full article and video, go to link:
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Google Doodle pays tribute to Japanese inventor Seiichi Miyake

His invention, the tenji block, changed the way the visually impaired interact with the world. by Jackson Ryan March 17, 2019 4:48 PM PDT  When Seiichi Miyake found out a close friend was losing the ability to see clearly, he wanted to help. That desire led to an entirely new way for the visually impaired to navigate big cities, railways and parks.  In 1965, Miyake invented
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Sea Dogs Tickets to Benefit NFB

Get SeaDogs Tickets ($9-10 each based on seating) for Saturday, June 22nd @ 6:00pm to support the NFB Greater Portland Chapter! On Saturday, June 22nd, the Portland Sea Dogs, AA affiliate of the World Champion Boston Red Sox are happy to be teaming up with the National Federation of the Blind, Greater Portland Chapter for a fundraiser and group outing. After the game, you're invited to
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Upcoming Iris Network Events

04/ 8/2019 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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04/22/2019 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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05/13/2019 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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05/27/2019 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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Upcoming Community Events

03/27/2019
The Wells Support Group

The Wells Support Group, People experiencing vision loss or newly diagnosed with an eye condition are encouraged to attend, 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. Coffee and snack will be provided. Speakers will present on topics relevant to vision loss and aging and time will be available for open conversation and questions. FMI call Brenda Bacon 207-646-7079.
The Wells Support Group will be reconvening April 24th

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03/28/2019 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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04/ 2/2019
The Sunshine Club

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.

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04/ 2/2019 01:00 PM to 02:30 PM
VIP Group of Boothbay Harbor

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.

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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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