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Encouragement Video

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Published on Jun 3, 2019

A You Tube video with a message of encouragement has been produced for those losing sight, are blind, legally blind, visually impaired, or low vision. It can be a struggle, but with encouragement, support, technology, and resources, you can live a great, fulfilling, happy life.

To watch video, click on the following link: https://youtu.be/imGC0Tg8Vro


To celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day #GAAD (in mid-May), here is the most commonly needed accessibility support contact information: http://www.lowvisiontech.com/global-accessibility-day/ on the Low Vision Tech website.


Based on conversations with community leaders across the US, many seniors are unaware of the available care options and programs that can help maintain their independence and quality of life. A group of senior advocates from Caring.com, a senior care organization that supports family caregivers and their loved ones, put together a free resource that provides comprehensive information on topics like financial support, organizations, and available care options that are in every city (in Maine) that can help senior citizens stay connected with their community. Call (800) 973-1540 or find out more on their website at the following link: ... Continue Reading

New Support Group!


The first meeting of the Cumberland County Support Group will take place on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 from 10:00AM-noon at The Iris Network, 189 Park Avenue, Portland. We invite any who are blind or have low vision and their family members. Come make friends and share resources. At this the first meeting, we ask that you please bring your ideas and goals for the group that you would like to see. FMI please contact Randy Bellavance at (207) 212-8613 or rbellavance@theiris.org.

Alternative Wellness Services on 207

The Iris Network was mentioned on the 207 show on News Center Maine this past week. The feature highlights Amber Elliott and her award winning business, Alternative Wellness Services, providing mental health support and personal adjustment counseling to our clients who are blind or visually impaired. 

Alternative Wellness Services

Amber Elliott started Alternative Wellness Services with those struggling with addiction and homelessness in mind. She's expanding her services to provide help to those like her, who are losing their vision. 

Updated: 10:51 AM EDT May 13, 2019 

Click Here to access the short video segment

List of this Summer’s Great Maine Reads

Did you have an opportunity to listen to Maine Calling’s broadcast about Summer Reading on June 1, 2018? By all means listen! It was a great show with several Maine authors and great selections to add to your reading list. More

Steve Kelley Interview

Steven Kelley, a certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (CVRT) sat down with Portland Media to talk about vision rehabilitation services throughout Maine. With the approach of Vision Rehabilitation Awareness Week, April 8-14, 2018, in honor of Anne Sullivan’s birthday, one of the pioneers of vision rehab, it is a great opportunity to talk about how Mainers experiencing a vision loss can get connected to services through Maine’s Division for the Blind (DBVI) and The Iris Network.

Highly trained Vision Rehab Therapists are available statewide to work with individuals experiencing a vision loss to teach adapted skills for reading, employment, leisure activities, managing the home,... Continue Reading

31 Days of Braille: Day 31

Here they are, in one convenient place, the links to 31 Days of braille! More

31 Days of Braille: Day 30

Braille training at no cost... More

31 Days of Braille: Day 29

Not a braille reader myself, I never had any idea that reading braille could be done at the same speed or grace as reading print. More

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