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Article: Blind centenarian weaves by feel

LINCOLN TIMES-NEWS Lincoln County’s Home Newspaper in North Carolina Blind centenarian weaves by feel MICHELLE T. BERNARD Senior Staff Writer Sep 23, 2019   Instead of the sound of an electric motor running, there’s a steady thwack of fabric being beaten back by the beater as Oscar Winston Norris operates the antique Leclerc loom that sits in the window of House of
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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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Upcoming Iris Network Events

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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01/27/2020 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

12/ 9/2019
The Rainbow Club

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

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12/15/2019 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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12/17/2019
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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12/17/2019 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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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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