Articles by Serena Joyce

Steve, technology tucked under his arm, listens to a student.

Steve Kelley receives prestigious Thomas Caulfield Award

By Serena Joyce on Jan. 18, 2016, at 12:21 p.m.
Steve Kelley, certified vision rehabilitation therapist, has received the prestigious Thomas Caulfield Award. Awarded every two years by the New England Chapter of the Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, it is earned by “someone who demonstrates outstanding personal efforts in assisting persons with …
Sean Baker, new graduate, is flanked by daughters while his sister and niece look over his shoulder.

Poised for professional possibilities

By Serena Joyce on Jan. 18, 2016, at 12:15 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Sean Baker of Bangor graduated recently from The Iris Network Rehabilitation Center in Portland.The 12-week intensive, immersive, individualized program in vision rehabilitation with a demanding curriculum prepares participants who are blind or visually impaired to be competitive in the job market. Baker’s abilities with technology and braille …


By Serena Joyce on Sept. 16, 2015, at 1:15 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Location: Dover, meet at the Court House parking lot on Court Street, Dover, Maine For more information: (207) 563-0036 When: Saturday, October 17 at 11 a.m.Story continues below advertisement. Where: Dover, meet at the Court House parking lot on Court Street …
Regal Naseef, director of development and communication next to her inspiration, Helen Keller.

Regal Naseef Joins The Iris Network

By Serena Joyce on March 06, 2015, at 1:27 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine – Regal Naseef has been named the director of development and communication at The Iris Network. A fundraising and communication professional with over 20 years of experience, Regal has strengthened and built capacity for hundreds of nonprofits both in the State of Maine and internationally. Regal is inspired …
Amber takes time off to ski at the Nordic heritage center in Presque Isle. Not only does she walk the talk, she skis it!

The County Welcomes a Vision Rehabilitation Therapist!

By Serena Joyce on March 06, 2015, at 12:07 p.m.
HOULTON, Me., March 6, 2015 -“I want to push my limits and expand my horizons and to show my clients they can too,” said Amber Mooney. Amber has recently completed her six month internship to become a Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist, capping off a two year Master’s degree program at …

Guide Dogs for the Visually Impaired: Everything You Want to Know!

By Serena Joyce on July 15, 2014, at 8:16 a.m.
Sunday, July 20, 2014 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Location: North Congregational Church – Groveville, Buxton, 22 Church Hill Road, Buxton, Maine For more information: 929-5600; Walter Woitesek is the current pastor at the North Congregational Church in Groveville, a neighborhood of Buxton. He is also a member of …
Working with people who have a visual impairment or blindness since 1905.

You CAN use it!

By Serena Joyce on June 16, 2014, at 12:55 p.m.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Location: The Iris Network, 189 Park Avenue, Portland, Maine For more information: 207-518-5080; iPad, iPhone, E Readers, Laptops and Gadgets Galore: An information morning for people with visual impairmentStory continues below advertisement. Learn what the possibilities are to access technology …
Guide dogs and well behaved dogs are welcome to walk!

White Cane Walk for Independence!

By Serena Joyce on Aug. 28, 2013, at 2:43 p.m.
1.4 miles through Portland’s Old Port, starting and ending at Monument Square. Goal is to raise awareness around white canes as a symbol of independent travel! Registration starts at 9:30, walk at 10:00. Pre-register by calling Terri at 207-518-5003. Adults $15 and under 12 $5. Proceeds provide training, education, and …

The White Cane Awareness Walk

By Serena Joyce on Sept. 26, 2012, at 11:44 a.m.
Saturday, October 13th kick-off at 9:30 a.m. in Monument Square in Portland, Maine. Please join us as we walk for independence and safety awareness! Register for the walk today, on-line, at . Or call The Iris Network with any questions 207-774-6273! This post was contributed by a community member. …