Primary Tasks

    Secondary Tasks

      IDB is offering some in person services in a responsible and cautious manner. We continue to encourage clients and patrons to reach out via phone and internet rather than coming to the building whenever possible. In order to maintain optimal staffing in all areas, our main door is unlocked and front desk is staffed Monday through Friday from 9:00-2:00. If you are needing assistance with entry to the building between 8:00-9:00 or 2:00-4:30, please call 515-452-1335.

      We know that some clients are wanting to resume training and meet counselors in person while others are not ready to do so. We respect this and will work to provide the best services possible in the given circumstances. Click here to view our in person services rules and guidelines. we are still taking referrals via the phone or through our website. To make a referral, you may call 800–362–2587 or complete the referral form To contact the library, call 515-281-1323.

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      Frequently Asked Questions Page for the Young Adult Transition Program (4+)

      We have added a new FAQ regarding our new Young Adult Transition Program that will begin later this month. Click here to read this FAQ. We will be updating this page to answer more questions as they arise.

      IDBBuilding Chimney Repairs Require Scaffolding Over Main Entrance

      In order to make needed repairs to our chimney, the construction workers will be putting scaffolding over the main entrance for several weeks starting August 10th. We are hoping to have this project wrapped up in time to perform needed repairs to our ramp before the snow flies

      Iowa Commission for the Blind Special Meeting

      On Monday, June 29th, the Iowa Commission for the Blind will meet at 12:00 pm. via Zoom and ICN conference line.
      Click here for the agenda which contains call in information. In addition to considering Gifts and Bequests application(s) from individuals in closed session, the Commission will consider the below request from the Iowa Department for the Blind in open session.

      In January, Governor Reynolds included a total increase of our state appropriation of $231,202 in her budget proposal. This included $64,865 for salaries and $166,337 to support our new young adult (4+) program. In February, we gave a joint presentation with IESBVI to the Education Appropriation Subcommittee regarding the need for our 4+ program which was well-received. In March, the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic dramatically altered the economy, government operations, and so many aspects of daily life. This catastrophic event forced the legislature to take a very cautious approach to the 2021 state budget. As a result, the majority of agencies, including IDB, received level funding.

      Because of these unprecedented and unforeseeable events, IDB is asking for a grant from the Gifts & Bequests fund in the amount of $231,202. This is the increase recommended by the Governor in her original budget. This additional funding will allow us to better maintain current staffing levels in the face of rising personnel costs. Because the Independent Living Program depends so heavily on state dollars, it is the most vulnerable when we are flat funded or de-appropriated. We feel that cuts to these services would be devastating to those we serve. We also need to fund our young adult (4+) program through its first year of operation. There are young adults in need of this program currently we very much need to serve. This is a one-time request and IDB will seek additional appropriation in SFY22 to cover all of these costs moving forward.