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Causes: Disabilities, Eye Diseases, Blindness & Vision Impairments, Eye Diseases, Blindness & Vision Impairments Research, Health

Mission: The iris network helps people who are visually impaired or blind attain independence and community integration.

Programs: Vision rehabilitation services program: the rehabilitation services program evaluates consumer needs based upon vision loss and develops a program of services which allows the individual to carry on the functions necessary to maintain the level of independence desired. Program services may include one or more of the following components: social work/counseling; personal adjustment counseling; and vision rehabilitation therapy. The vision rehabilitation therapy component addresses multiple areas of learning including communications, adaptive kitchen skills, home management, personal management, recreation, orientation and mobility training, and the use of video magnification equipment.

assisted living program: the iris network provides assisted living services to certain visually impaired or blind residents of iris park apartments. Iris park apartments features (30) one and two bedroom independent living apartments which are separately owned but managed by the iris network. Visually impaired or blind tenants are able to live as independently as they desire, schedule their own activities, and create a personal plan for assisted living services. The iris network offers vision rehabilitation therapy to provide tenants support in all areas of independent living.

low-vision clinic program: the low-vision clinic provides visually impaired persons with the skills and tools to better utilize their remaining vision. After a low-vision examination, an ophthalmologist or optometrist develops a specialized treatment program for each client administered by an occupational therapist with specialized training in low-vision services. The program helps individuals maximize the use of their remaining vision by training each client in the skills required to use optical aids and equipment such as magnifiers to read the newspaper, telescopes to focus on distant signs, and light-filtered lenses to reduce glare.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I interviewed someone who had received training from this organization. They helped him start his own business and he went on to offer employment to other people who are blind.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Iris Network has received accreditation from the National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services (NAC). NAC is the only accrediting body that solely focuses on standards and best practices for blind and low vision services with the consumer in mind. The Iris Network has demonstrated that it meets or exceeds the standards set by NAC for delivery of blind and low vision services. The determination for accreditation is a rigorous process that involves self-examination by the organization, an on-site peer review to verify processes and procedures by a team of professionals serving in the field and a review of the findings by the NAC Accreditation Committee. NAC congratulates The Iris Network on its accredited status.

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