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Deaf-Blind Resources

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      The Deaf-Blind program at the Iowa Department for the Blind helps individuals obtain information about the resources available to assist with everyday life. This may include information on technology and/or communication aids such as the Tellatouch, TTY, American Sign Language, Personal FM systems, phone amplifiers, technological aids, vibra-calls, writing guides and more.

      VR Services for the Deaf-Blind Available from IDB

      A screenshot from the video that describes IDB's VR services for the deaf-blind.The video linked below presents information about vocational rehabilitation services available to individuals who are Deaf and Blind through the Iowa Department for the Blind.

      https://youtu.be/K9cwnTUWQtg

      Iowa Resources

      • Relay Iowa
        Relay Iowa is a telephone relay service that links deaf, hard-of-hearing, speech-impaired, deaf-blind and hearing users to each other for communication over the telephone. Relay Iowa is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year and does not have restrictions on the length or number of calls. These calls can be placed by dialing 7-1-1.
      • Iowa Equipment Distribution Program
        The Iowa Equipment Distribution Program, administered by Telecommunications Access Iowa, helps individuals pay for specialized telephone equipment. Qualified individuals can receive a voucher for approximately 95 percent of the average cost of specialized telephone equipment.
      • Iowa's Deafblind Service Project
        A grant-funded project whose mission is to build the capacity of families and service providers to improve the outcomes of children and young adults (birth - 21) who are deaf-blind.

      National Resources

      A Guide to Closed Captioning Technology

      Hearing Aid Resource List

      For more information on IDB's deaf-blind services, contact:

      Kim Barber
      Independent Living Supervisor
      (515) 281-1299
      kim.barber@blind.state.ia.us

      Keri  Osterhaus
      Vocational Rehabilitation Program Supervisor
      (515) 281-1281
      keri.osterhaus@blind.state.ia.us