Serving people who are blind or visually impaired since 1905


Get Up and Go

Hadley Presents Get up and Go! A Podcast with Randy Pierce   Here's a great interview with New Hampshire native, author, and athlete  Randy Pierce .  Click here to hear the recording
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How to Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits with Vision Loss

More than 25 million people in the U.S. suffer from vision loss each year. If you experience vision loss that is so severe that you can’t work, you could qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Disability benefits can help people who cannot work because of an illness or medical condition pay for basic living expenses. The only requirement that you have to meet in order to file a
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More Resources

R etail Blind Mice Mega Mall is designed for use with a screen reader and low vision software for visually impaired shoppers. Each store is an independent business owned/managed by someone who is visually impaired. Browse & shop and you will find great items and unique offerings from merchants. Every purchase benefits the low vision/blind community.  www.blindmicemegamall.com  
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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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Upcoming Iris Network Events

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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02/10/2020 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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02/24/2020 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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03/ 9/2020 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

01/23/2020 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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01/29/2020
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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02/ 1/2020
The Lewiston Auburn Support Group

The Lewiston Auburn Support Group meets from 12-1 the first Saturday of the month at George’s Pizza in Auburn. FMI please call Leon Proctor at 212-1455.

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02/ 2/2020 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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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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