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      Elected Committee of Blind Managers Meeting

      Iowa Department for the Blind, 524 4th Street, Des Moines, Iowa, Director’s Conference Room

      The next meeting of the Elected Committee of Blind Managers will occur at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at the Iowa Department for the Blind, 524 Fourth Street, Des Moines, Iowa. The tentative agenda is as follows:

      1. 3:00 Call to Order
      2. 3:05 Approval of the October 3, 2017 Meeting Minutes
      3. 3:10 Director’s Report
      4. 3:20 Carol Voss
      5. 3:45 Inventories
      6. 3:55 Statewide Meeting Update
      7. 4:05 Roadside Update
      8. 4:15 Set Aside/Administration Rules Update
      9. 4:25 Victor/DM Vending Route Bid Discussion
      10. 4:35 Other
      11. 4:45 In consideration of holding a closed session to
      review or discuss records which are required
      or authorized by state or federal law to be
      kept confidential as a condition for that
      governmental body’s possession or continue
      receipt of Federal fund.
      12. 5:00 Committee Recommendations
      13. 5:05 Time and Place of Next Meeting
      14. 5:10 Adjourn

      Braille Challenge

      With Braille You Can Build Anything

      Save the Date for the 2018 Braille Challenge and Braille Literacy Day

      Saturday, January 27, 2018 at the Iowa Department for the Blind

      (Snow Date will be Saturday, February 3, 2018)

      The 2018 program, “With Braille You Can Build Anything,” is a Lego themed day
      that includes the Regional Braille Challenge and also learning sessions and
      activities for braille readers of all levels and their families.
      Braille is an important tool for both students who are blind or who have low vision
      and it is essential to independence, academic achievement and employment.
      For our Master Braille Builders, the day will include the 2018 Regional Braille
      Challenge where students compete in a series of 5 skills contests: Braille reading
      and comprehension, speed and accuracy, spelling, proofreading and charts and
      graphs. Levels for the Braille Challenge include: Apprentice, Freshman,
      Sophomore, Junior Varsity and Varsity. Students are competing for a spot to
      participate in the National Braille Challenge.

      For our Braille Builders, those who are new and beginning Braille readers, the
      day will focus on hands on activities to start students on their way to braille
      literacy. No braille experience is required and is for all ages. Activities will
      include: learning the braille code, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and
      Math) activities and using braille to help us build all sorts of different things.
      Sessions for parents, family members and siblings will also be held throughout
      the day.

      Join us for a fun day of Braille!

      Employer Summit: "Beyond the Hire: Hiring, Retaining, and Promoting People with Disabilities"

      On October 24, 2017, the Employers Disability Resource Network (EDRN) hosted an

      Employer Summit titled: "Beyond the Hire: Hiring, Retaining, and Promoting People

      with Disabilities". This event is the bi-annual round-table discussion with our

      business and community partners in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness

      Month (NDEAM). Approximately 20 businesses and partners attended and had great

      discussions of their successes and challenges when it comes to the employment of

      individuals with disabilities. The format was a guided conversation facilitated by

      Shannon Myers at Iowa Department for the Blind with opening remarks from Michelle

      Krefft at Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services. ENRN members Jim Plorins at Aging

      Resources of Central Iowa, Diane Hernandez at Iowa Workforce Development, and Laura

      Gibson at Central Iowa Center for Independent Living all provided their expertise

      and helped to plan and execute the event. The businesses and partners who attended

      decided on the topics and had an engaged discussion of the issues and opportunities

      each of their organizations face in hiring individuals with disabilities. EDRN is

      grateful to have such dedicated business and community partners. It was clear that

      our business partners value relationships with EDRN and have a strong commitment to

      finding employment solutions for individuals with disabilities. The next EDRN event

      is the Reverse Job Fair which will be hosted by CICIL and held at Park Fair Mall on

      November 07, 2017 from 9-11am.