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The Iris Network

Vision with no limits

aka The Iris Network   |   Portland, ME   |  http://www.theiris.org

Mission

The Iris Network helps people who are blind or visually impaired attain independence and community Integration. Founded in 1905 as the Maine Institution for the Blind, The Iris Network is a leading independent resource for visual impairment, low vision, and vision rehabilitation services.

Ruling year info

1936

President/Executive Director

Dr. David Barnwell

Main address

189 Park Ave

Portland, ME 04102 USA

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Formerly known as

Maine Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Maine Institution for the Blind

EIN

01-0196359

NTEE code info

Eye Diseases, Blindness and Vision Impairments (G41)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Help people with vision impairment or blindness attain independence and community integration.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

The Iris Network

We design our range of services to meet the unique needs and goals of each individual. Rehabilitation Services is designed to reach clients in their homes and workplaces helping them adapt to vision loss and access community resources or clients can come into our Low Vision Clinic in Portland, Maine. In addition, we offer Access Technology and Employment Services along with supportive housing at an assisted living facility called Iris Park Apartments in Portland, Maine.

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments
Adults

When a person loses vision, it often can’t be fixed. That is when vision rehabilitation can help.

Vision rehabilitation services are offered by a team of professionals who assist you in getting to your goals with the vision you have or don’t have.

With vision rehabilitation services you can expect increased independence.

We will meet with you to assess your needs and to customize a plan based on your personal goals and activities.

We will connect you to services regardless of where you live in the State of Maine.

Population(s) Served

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

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.

Population(s) Served

Being able to use business software, the Internet and other technology can make the difference between productive employment and unemployment.

Access technology is the term used to describe the tools and methodology for persons who are visually impaired or blind to access and use the computer and peripheral devices.

Our goal is to put the employer and the employee "at ease” with the technology.

Population(s) Served

-Low income living
-Independent housing
-Designed specifically for people who are visually impaired or blind
-30 independent living apartments with either 1 or 2 bedrooms
-Support services available and provided by The Iris Network professionals
-Residents live as independently as they desire, schedule their own activities, and create a personal plan for assisted living services.
-AVESTA determines eligibility and their preliminary application is available on our website
www.theiris.org

Population(s) Served

Intensive vocational development for the 21st century, driven by technology. Expect 30-plus hours of comprehensive instruction each week provided by highly-trained, experienced, and certified staff. The program is a collaborative effort between The Iris Network staff, the consumer and her or his vocational rehabilitation counselor. The Center opened its doors in 2015.

Designed to deliver cutting edge vision rehabilitation, it has everything from a model apartment to learn independent living skills to a technology center where participants learn how to integrate technology into every facet of their lives. The campus also boasts a low vision clinic.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of Facebook followers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people on the organization's email list

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To build 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.

The Iris Network recognizes the diverse aspirations and abilities of people who are visually impaired or blind; Our services are based on respect for each individual’s right to self-direction through informed choices; We believe that the education and integration of all individuals will result in a stronger society.

Our certified professionals listen to the client's needs and guide them in developing a path to achieve their goals with dignity. Our experts show new ways to do daily tasks without depending on sight. We can introduce clients to various magnifiers and devices that will make life easier.

We provide the following:
Assistance with adaptive tools and training through our Low Vision Center
Help in maintaining independence so clients can stay safe in their home, community, and beyond.
Pre-vocational training for individuals who plan to attend college, a vocational program, or become employed. Educate clients on accessible technology and help them explore employment opportunities.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The Iris Network

Board of directors
as of 02/23/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Pauline Lamontagne


Board co-chair

Dr. Holly McCarthy

Holly McCarthy

Doris Dennee

David Stuchiner

Robert Wakefield

Jonathan Nathans

Nicholas Giudice

Adam Sise

Andrew MacLean

Pauline Lamontagne

Merrill Barter

Mara Pressman

Todd McKee

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/23/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/27/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.