Serving people who are blind or visually impaired since 1905


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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Iris BAKE SALE THIS Thursday, August 8!

We are holding a BAKE SALE in front of Iris Park Apartments (201 Park Avenue – Portland) THIS Thursday, August 8 between 11:30am-2:00pm and we’d love your participation (either in baking, buying, or manning the table)! It’s just at the time when the public is coming to our lot to park for a SeaDogs game, so we should have plenty of customers. All proceeds will go to support 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

08/20/2019
Visually Impaired Support Team Alliance or VISTA

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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08/20/2019 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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08/22/2019 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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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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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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