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 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. 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.

      New Stories

      Zoom-Kaboom! New Program for Transition Age Youth

      Starting December 6th, the Iowa Department for the Blind is launching a new program for our transition-aged VR clients! This program, called Zoom-Kaboom, will be hosted on Zoom Sundays from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm featuring various guest hosts who will drop some knowledge and introduce you to new activities, gadgets, fun facts, and so much more! As an added bonus, you’ll be able to spend some time hanging out with friends from all across the state! For more information, contact your VR counselor, your VR teacher, or Activities Coordinator Matt Nemmers at

      Vocational Rehabilitation Stats & Success Story

      This past quarter, our Vocational Rehabilitation Program partnered with 10 clients to successfully achieve their career goals. These 10 clients are working an average of 39 hours per week and earning an average of $22.19 per hour. While having only ten clients exit our employment program in a quarter is less than what we would expect in a typical quarter, these are not typical times. Most importantly, these statistics show our dedication to not only assist individuals in obtaining employment that aligns with their skills and interests, but also our focus on the importance of sustainable employment and financial security, which is always essential, but is crucial now more than ever. Our Business Engagement Specialist, Ashely West, has worked with our VR Counselors to gather success stories that highlight what we do as an agency and the services we provide that assist individuals to reach their career goals. Here is one of those stories:

      Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Rachel Miller, partnered with her client M.S. to successfully achieve her career goal. The client worked with her counselor to develop her plan and made her plan work for her. M.S. began by taking a position as a Board secretary while working to complete her degree in Public Administration. IDB provided tuition assistance. IDB also provided the client with technology services; Rachel, M.S., and the Rehabilitation Technology Specialist, Joe Goode, worked together to determine what technology would work best for her in employment, as the client gained additional hours and responsibilities within her organization. IDB provided M.S. with a Focus 40 Braille Display. She uses a braille display to take notes during meetings and advocates to her employer and coworkers to ensure things are in electronic format. M.S. obtained cane travel training to navigate independently and arranges her own transportation. These are all skills that M.S. gained through working with IDB.

      While M.S. started as the Board secretary, assisting with coordination of Board meetings. As a merger of boards became imminent, M.S. took initiative and figured out how to facilitate this merger. M.S. went from putting in 10 hours per week as a secretary to applying for and getting hired as the Executive Director within 4 years. She now earns $90,000 annually, in addition to working part-time as an Adjunct Professor for a university, earning an additional $12,600 a year. Rachel stated, "M.S. was always the one to drive her plan and never relied on me to tell her how or what to do. M.S. is driven and ambitious and asks for what she needs and wants." IDB was there to provide the training and support and M.S. provided the direction and drive to make her dreams reality.

      Library Programming updates

      The library has added some new programs. Remember to check out the Library Blog,
      and the Instructional Materials Center blog, for up to date information. And you can find the library on Facebook and Twitter.

      Library Chat

      The Library is excited to announce a new podcast starting this month called Library Chat.This will be in addition to the library’s monthly Library News podcast and Braille Bits podcast. The first Library Chat podcast will be released the week of October 19, 2020. During the Library Chat podcast, we will discuss books and other podcasts around different topics. October’s Library Chat will focus on the topic of Halloween. Listen in to hear about spooky books, Halloween traditions and more. We will also discuss the podcast Stuff You Should Know: Where Did Trick-Or-Treating Come From?

      Hooked on Books Virtual Autumn Reading

      Adventures for our patrons 4 years – 18 years, Wednesdays at 4:00pm. While you are “chillin’ and relaxing at this afterschool event, you will be kicking back with games, story times with a twist, celebrations, and so much more.

      Don’t forget

      Denise will be offering our online Braille Bits program for the fourth time starting October 30th. And don’t forget to check out the lessons and podcasts. Our latest Braille Bits Podcasts have featured Terri Wilcox and Enrique Mejia.

      Check out the IDB YouTube Channel to check out our latest programs, tips and informational webinars.

      Coming Soon! Braille Babies program for our youngest – birth to 4 years.