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      IDB Director Emily Wharton to be Radio Guest Sunday, February 19

      Michael and Lynne Golder, hosts of Blind and Beyond, pose with radio show guests David Hillebrandt and his wife, Brenda.Iowa Department for the Blind Director Emily Wharton will be a featured guest and interviewed on a radio show about blindness this weekend. She is scheduled for a 15 minute segment on Sunday, February 19th at 8:00 pm Eastern Time, 7:00 pm Central Time, on the show that broadcasts out of Florida.

      Michael and Lynne Golder are co-hosts of the Blind and Beyond Radio Show which broadcasts live every Sunday night from 7:00 to 9:00 pm Eastern Time on, 1680 AM in Orlando, Florida. It is a fun and informative show that features different topics every week. The show can be streamed from or Tune-in Radio or listen only via 518-712-0057 (no app needed!). Learn more about the show and its hosts at

      Blind and Beyond is sponsored and endorsed by the Lighthouse Central Florida in Orlando as well as World Services for the Blind in Little Rock, Arkansas. The show also has a Facebook page and shares posts from other organizations for the low vision and blind communities nationwide. You may also visit their web site at to listen to past, archived shows.

      May the Braille Be With You!

      Braille Challenge contestant Zach Nolin poses with members of the Central Garrison of the 501st Legion.Blind and low vision youth in grades 1-12 from across Iowa gathered at the Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB) in Des Moines on Saturday, January 28th to compete in the 2017 Iowa Regional Braille Challenge. The fun-filled day blended serious academic competition with engaging and informative activities for parents, family members, and students new to Braille.

      For more information and contest rankings...

      New Aids & Devices Store Hours Begin February 6

      A variety of helpful items for blind and low vision kitchen users are shown in a display case at the Aids & Devices Store at IDB. Included are kitchen timers, large print measuring cups, talking thermometers, and measuring spoons.Effective the week of February 6, 2017, the Aids & Devices Store will be open with reduced hours for walk-in service. The new hours will be from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.


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