FARMINGTON – Two learning opportunities will be offered in June by the Healthy Community Coalition and the Franklin Resource Network.

The first is “Brain Injury: The Silent Epidemic,” to be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 2, in the Ben Franklin Education Center’s Bass Room at Franklin Memorial Hospital.

Nancy Findlan, executive director, Brain Injury Association of Maine, will be the presenter. There will be a short film and topics will cover what brain injury is, the scope of the problem, causes, types, symptoms and living with brain injury.

The second presentation is an opportunity to learn more about the Iris Network (formerly the Maine Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired) and resources available for those who have lost their sight or are visually impaired.

The presentation will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 9, in the Ben Franklin Education Center’s Bass Room. Samantha Green of the Iris Network is the presenter.

The Iris Network’s mission is to empower persons who are blind or visually impaired to attain their self-determined level of independence and integration into the community; to provide rehabilitation, training, education and other related services for individuals, their families and other support systems; and to be a resource regarding issues related to blindness and visual impairment in Maine.

Both presentations are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Lisa Laflin at 645-3136, ext. 5103.


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