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L.D. 765 Press Release

April 7, 2011

LD765 Funding Critical to Mainers  Who Are Visually Impaired or Blind

Portland, Maine – As funding priorities are debated in Augusta, The Iris Network has thrown its support behind a bill which would assure funding to improve the deplorable inadequacy of educational and rehabilitation services for the blind and visually impaired here in Maine.

LD765, An Act to Address the Documented Educational and Rehabilitation Needs of Persons Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired, would secure $468,678 in FY2012 and $511,987 in FY2013 to fund seven FTE professional staff. Positions include two teachers of the visually impaired at Catholic Charities Maine, one mobility instructor and one blindness rehabilitation specialist at Maine’s Division for the Blind, as well as two vision rehabilitation therapists and one program design and evaluation specialist at The Iris Network.

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