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The Iris Network - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

The Iris Network
189 Park Avenue
Portland, ME 04102
(207) 774-6273 (Local)
(207) 774-0679 (Fax)
(800) 715-0097 (Toll-Free)
(800) 715-0097 (TDD/TTY)

Brief Description

The Iris Network is a statewide resource and catalyst for people who are visually impaired or blind so they can attain their determined level of independence and integration into the community. It is the only statewide nonprofit that provides an integrated program of vision rehabilitation, technology training and employment services. Our clients currently range in age from 14 to their 90s. The Iris Network Mission: Helping people who are visually impaired or blind attain independence and community integration. Our Vision: Building a world where no person is limited by visual impairment or blindness and everyone is an advocate for eye health and the needs of people who are blind and visually impaired. Services include Low Vision, Orientation and Mobility, Vision Rehabilitation Therapy, Social Work, Counseling, Family Support, Community Connections, Technology, Employment and limited housing services and support through the Iris Park Apartments.

Hours of operation: Mon.- Fri. 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Clients served on average per year: 1,300
Number of staff: 40
Staff description: Full time, part time and volunteers.
Geographic area served: State of Maine
Publications: The Iris Network produces a quarterly newsletter, an annual report, and a variety of brochures about its services. Bert Silverman's "Coping with Macular Degeneration" is also available for sale through the Iris Network.


66 Spruce Street
Presque Isle, ME 04769

5 Mollison Way
Lewiston, ME 04240

45 Oak Street
Suite 2
Bangor, ME 04407


Sherry Boothby, Low Vision Clinic Coordinator, (207) 774-6273 3326,
Rabih Dow, Director of Program Services, (207) 774-7463 3322,
Bonita Gouzie, Director of Access Technology and Employment Services, (207) 774-6273 3306,
Regal Naseef, Director of Development and Public Relations, (207) 774-6273 3316,
James Phipps, Executive Director, (207) 774-6273,
Lisa Rouelle, Residence Director, (207) 774-6273 3331,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Connects people with vision loss to activities around the state and connects other organizations with our services. A monthly newsletter connects activities all over the state with consumers. Connects people with vision loss to activities around the state and connects other organizations with our services. A monthly newsletter connects activities all over the state with consumers.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • The Access Technology and Employment Services Program offers customized and class instruction to individuals with vision loss seeking employment, an expanding career and those who are interested in using access technology to participate more fully in life experiences.
  • Counseling
    • Offers adjustment to vision loss counseling to individuals and their families. Support groups are also offered around the state.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in independent living and mobility in addition to social work and personal adjustment counseling services for adults in their homes, school or work individually or on a group basis. Family Support provides support to parents of children who are blind or visually impaired.
  • Housing Services
    • Iris Park Apartments (IPA)offer a low income, independent living opportunity with supportive services such as light housekeeping, medication administration, one meal a day and a structured recreation program to eligible tenants. IPA offers an affordable assisted living community. Provides recreation services for residents and offers sports and recreation program for interested participants. Provides adapted recreation activities for seniors.
  • Information and Referral
    • Refers to low vision providers and other appropriate services around the State.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Professional clinicians in the Low Vision Clinic provide assessment and training in the use of low vision devices and techniques for maximizing use of residual vision.

Services for Professionals

  • Professional Training
    • The Access Technology and Employment Services (ATES) program is staffed by certified employment specialists and vocational rehabilitation counselors who assist with placement and support services to those seeking employment. ATES also serves as a business resource to companies interested in hiring/retaining employees with visual impairment
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