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How Legally Blind Mom Regained Independence Thanks to New Device

Sponsored Ad Content by OrCam Inc. August 19, 2019 - Inside Edition Staff  A legally blind mother of two is reclaiming her independence because of a brand-new device. When Holly Bonner, 39, lost her vision in 2012, she was devastated. Bonner said it took months for her to relearn some of the most basic tasks. "It was probably the darkest time of my life, quite literally," she said. Now,
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AIRA Accessibility Update!

AIRA (a service that connects someone who is blind or visually impaired to a real person instantly to simplify daily life) has just made a portion of their service free for everyone with the AIRA app on their phone! Any user or guest can make a daily call, under five minutes entirely free of charge. This is great news and an incredible step forward for the blindness community. For more
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Architect says going blind has made him better at his job

Architect says going blind has made him better at his job 60 Minutes - CBS January, 2019 Correspondent: Lesley Stahl  Chris Downey lost his sight in 2008 after brain surgery. But instead of letting blindness ruin his career, Downey says it’s given him insight into aspects of design he's never thought of before. A social worker tried to tell him about "career alternatives"
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Portland Support Group

SUPPORT GROUP MEETING What :       Cumberland County Support Group Where :      The Iris Network, 189 Park Avenue, Portland When :       Wednesday, August 21, 2019 from 10:00AM-noon Who :         Local residents who are visually impaired and their loved ones  This month’s guest speaker: Greater Portland Metro  FMI: Randy Bellavance at (207)
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Speak! Free AI App for Android phones

Speak! and Envision AI, Two Text and Object Recognition Apps for Android Steven Kelley, CRC, CVRT, CATIS August, 2019   Here is a link to an article about free tools that Android phone users may want to consider using:  https://www.afb.org/aw/20/8/16738   DISCLAIMER: This article posted on the American Foundation for the Blind website does not represent the views of the staff at The
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Upcoming Iris Network Events

08/26/2019 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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09/ 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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09/23/2019 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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10/12/2019
2019 White Cane Walk for Independence


The White Cane Walk for Independence is an event organized to promote a better understanding of Maine’s White Cane Law and to increase public awareness of safe independent travel for people who use white canes or guide dogs. By participating in the Walk, you help raise money for The Iris Network's programs. Every bit counts!

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Upcoming Community Events

08/28/2019
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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09/ 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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09/ 3/2019
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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09/ 3/2019 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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