Letter: Iris Network's loss of contract is dismaying

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Thank you for David Harry’s article, “Iris Network contests award of state bid,” in the June 22 Portland edition of The Forecaster.

As a former vision rehabilitation teacher, I was shocked to learn that the bid for community-based vision rehabilitation services for adults was recently awarded to a provider of special education services for children, rather than to The Iris Network.

The vision rehabilitation professionals of The Iris Network are nationally certified to provide high-quality vision rehabilitation services to adults in their communities. Their experience and encouragement results in effective, timely skill development for roles of adults, and an outlook focused on independence.

The Iris Network has received many testimonials of high levels of consumer satisfaction for this service, which it has provided for over 35 years. I’m dismayed about this apparent setback to this qualified agency’s provision of these crucial services. I support The Iris Network’s appeal regarding the basis for the scoring behind the award.

Deann Marsh