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Vision Impairment - Iris Network

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The Iris Network helps people meet the challenges of vision loss.  Adjusting is a learning process that takes time and patience.  They design services and programs to meet the unique needs and goals of each person.  All classes are taught by trained and certified specialists.  While the range of services is broad and your individual program may overlap several categories.

They offer many services including support groups, rehabilitation services and connections to communities.  They also offer:

The Low Vision Clinic can assist and empower people with low vision to achieve their maximum level of independence and community integration.

Low vision is vision that cannot be corrected further through the use of glasses, contact lenses, medicine or surgery. However, there is remaining, usable vision. The specialty of low vision within the field of ophthalmology focuses on identifying, defining and optimizing the use of this remaining usable vision.

At The Iris Network’s Low Vision Clinic, a low vision evaluation by an eye doctor will identify your best available remaining vision.  Our occupational and vision rehabilitation therapy services will assist you in maximizing your remaining vision and provide training specific to your daily needs and activities.

A comprehensive team of vision experts will identify the best visual aids to meet your reading and writing goals, provide visual skills training to improve the use of your remaining vision, assist by ensuring safety and independence in your home and community, and recommend lighting and glare solutions and provide training in adaptive aids and technology.

Download a copy of the Low Vision Clinic brochure

Access Technology and Employment Services

The Access Technology and Employment Services (ATES)

  • The ATES program will utilize the most up-to-date adaptive technology products and teaching techniques to provide the training required to gain, or maintain, employment.
  • ATES services are provided to increase participant’s ability to use technology to reach their personal, vocational and educational goals.
  • ATES instruction is personalized and delivered to individuals in the format that best meets their needs.
  • ATES training is provided in the least restrictive environment, whether it is in the client’s home or center based.

In addition to the individual and group access technology training, the ATES program will:

  • Provide job identification, analysis and business consultation services;
  • Help clients of The Iris Network attain temporary work experiences, which we hope become permanent;
  • Benefit employers as this program helps with retention of valued employees who experience a vision loss.

The ATES program will provide the pathways for:

  • Employed individuals to continue employment in their current or new field;
  • Unemployed individuals to become employed
  • Program participants to explore all educational opportunities, be they formal or informal;
  • All program participants to be able to remain fully engaged with their families, friends and communities.

The ATES program will enable visually impaired or blind individuals to actively participate in the information age and not be shut out by the continual advances in technology and the prevailing assumption that everyone should, and can, access needed information through each new technology device.  A brochure for employers and employees can be found here.

For more information:
Bonnie Gouzie
Director of Access Technology and Employment Services
207.774.6273 ext. 3306

Susan Anderson
Job Training Coordinator