Press Release

New hires at Iris Network

PORTLAND, Maine –  The Iris Network, in its continuing effort to provide the best possible services to people who are blind or visually impaired here in Maine, has announced the following additions to its statewide staff of professionals and administrators.

Aisha Hixon has joined as vision rehabilitation therapy intern and will be assisting clients who have low vision or blindness with adaptations for daily skills in Lincoln, Knox and Waldo counties.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Southern Maine in Therapeutic Recreation holds a Masters of Education Degree from UMass Boston in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy.  Since 2010, Hixon has served as Community Connections Project Coordinator for The Iris Network.

Additionally, Julie Allaire has been hired as grant writer for the organization and will direct her efforts toward generating much needed revenue for The Iris Network’s current and future programs by developing grant proposals and identifying foundation and government funders.  Prior to joining she spent a decade working for the federal government as a diplomat at the US Agency for International Development where she designed, managed and funded international development projects. Allaire holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy.

The Iris Network is a state-wide, community-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with a vision of 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 visually impaired or blind.  Based in Portland, The Iris Network has field-offices in Saco, Lewiston, Bangor, Brewer and Houlton.   For more information about any vision loss related issue, visit The Iris Network at


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