Primary Tasks

    Secondary Tasks

      All staff and members of the public, with the exception of anyone age 2 and under, are required to wear face masks in the IDB building as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). If a person is unwilling or unable to wear a mask, they should continue to do business via phone and email. IDB is committed to protecting its employees, clients, patrons, and the public during the pandemic.
      our main door is unlocked and front desk is staffed Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. If you are needing assistance with entry to the building between 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., please call 515-452-1335. Click here to view our in person services rules and guidelines.

      To make a referral, you may call 800–362–2587 or complete the referral form to contact the library, call 515-281-1323.

      New Stories

      Orientation Center Potential Name Change Listening Session

      During business class on January 13th, Center Director Al Bickell, Commissioner Sandi Ryan, and Director Emily Wharton talked with students and staff to get ideas for a possible name change for the center. We all call it the center or some folks who have been around longer call it the "OC." But, when we are writing up a flyer or presentation, the Adult Orientation & Adjustment Center doesn't give potential students, families, educators, or legislators much of an idea about what the center does or why it is so vital. Director Wharton discussed this with the ICUB and NFBI presidents at their monthly call and she brought the discussion to Director's Forum in January and February. Some of the keywords that people liked thus far have included: blindness, individualized, discovery, independence, learning, training, rehabilitation, and comprehensive.

      on Wednesday, March 24, , we held our first evening Zoom public brainstorming session We will be holding another on April 7, 2021. If you are unable to attend this listening session or Director’s Forum, please send any ideas or thoughts you have to

      To receive Zoom meeting information please email or call (515) 380–1944

      Building Naming Task Force

      The Iowa Commission for the Blind has established a task force to explore the establishment of an official name for the Iowa Department for the Blind building located at 524 4th St. in Des Moines. An initial meeting will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, April 21, at 12:30 p.m. Anyone wishing to serve on the task force who is unable to attend this first meeting should contact Board Secretary, Janice Eggers by April 15th to ensure that their contact information is shared with the task force.

      This task force will undertake the following tasks:

      • Compile suggestions of building names
      • Gather feedback from all stakeholders regarding names being considered
      • Propose a name to the Iowa Commission for the Blind for approval
      • Determine the process needed to change the name on all historic registries and with the State of Iowa
      • Complete all paperwork necessary and attend whatever meetings are necessary to complete these registrations of the name
      • Raise funds for any fees associated with updating name registries and make the necessary payments
      • Obtain designs for any plaques or signage that will be installed
      • Obtain approval from the Iowa Commission for the Blind to install any plaques or signage
      • Raise funds for the purchase of any signs or plaques that will be installed

      Process for Creating the Task Force

      at the first meeting, the volunteers will:

      • Elect a Chair, Vice-Chair, and Note taker
      • Set time and place for next meeting
      • Handle any additional logistical concerns

      This will be a completely volunteer driven and lead task force. IDB will provide Zoom hosting if requested, but all other support will be provided by volunteers. After the initial meeting, the Board Secretary will have no further logistical or organizational responsibility for this task force. IDB staff wishing to participate must use lunch or approved flex/vacation time to attend.

      Roles and Responsibilities


      • Sets meeting agenda
      • Runs meetings

      Vice Chair:

      • Runs meeting in absence of Chair
      • Becomes chair if chair is no longer able to serve

      Note Taker:
      * Takes notes
      * Emails notes to all task force members

      To receive Zoom meeting information please email or call (515) 380–1944

      IDB Presents to House Education Appropriation Subcommittee

      IDB is excited to speak with this committee regarding our SFY22 appropriation request. This request has been supported by Governor Reynolds in her budget. We greatly appreciate the Governor's support for our agency and her recognition that an investment in services that empower blind Iowans is an investment that will pay dividends for all Iowa taxpayers.. View the ask overview and other presentation handouts