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      Click here to view our in person services rules and guidelines.

      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 515-281-1333.

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      Center Naming Survey Open Until November 14th

      Please help spread the word that the Center name survey is open until November 14th. The results of the survey will be given to the Commission Board and they will vote at their December meeting. Back in the winter and spring, we met with center staff and students for a brainstorming session and followed that up with two public listening sessions open to all who were interested. From all these suggestions, Center Director Karly Prinds and Director Emily Wharton created a list of six names and the center students and staff narrowed it down to the final list of three. To register your vote, visit:

      Construction on Building Ramp starting October 11th

      The work on our accessible ramp on the Watson Powell side of the building will begin on Monday, October 11th. Starting on Monday, October 11th this will no longer be a functioning entrance or exit for our building. The door that leads into the mailroom on the west side of the building will act as our temporary entrance while the ramp work is being completed. Members of the Library Team will staff a desk in the mailroom area between 9:00am – 2:00pm, Monday – Friday, just as they do now, to assist patrons and clients and accept deliveries.

      Street parking will not be available in front of our building on the Watson Powell and the ADA parking meter will be moved toward the west away from the construction.

      We apologize for the inconvenience, but we are happy that we will soon have a new ramp that will serve us well for many years to come. We anticipate the project will be complete by the end of November and will provide updates as they become available.

      IDB Thanks Legislature and Governor for SFY22 Appropriation

      The Iowa Department for the Blind wishes to express our deep gratitude to Governor Reynolds and the General assembly for providing a SFY22 Appropriation of $2,780,724. This will enable us to put a seventh Independent Living Teacher into service; reducing wait times for clients and windshield time for current teachers. It will also allow us to continue our Young Adult Transition Program into the 2021-22 school year. This program assists high school students who have completed their academic goals but need additional training to complete their IEP goals and move on to post-secondary education or or employment.

      Director Emily Wharton stated: "We just can't thank the Governor and Legislators enough for their willingness to invest in blind Iowans. They understand the financial and human benefits of getting blind people off the couch and into careers where they can contribute to Iowa's economy. This appropriation respects the dignity of older Iowans who have lost their vision by providing the tools they need to remain in their homes and enjoy their retirement in their communities."

      IDB would also like to extend our thanks to stakeholders who shared their support of IDB's programs and services throughout this process including the Governor's Olmstead Taskforce, the State Independent Living Council, the IDB Independent Living Advisory Council,, members of the National Federation of the Blind of Iowa, members of the Iowa Council of the United Blind, and other groups and individuals.