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IDB Thanks Legislature and Governor for SFY22 Appropriation

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      The Iowa Department for the Blind wishes to express our deep gratitude to Governor Reynolds and the General assembly for providing a SFY22 Appropriation of $2,780,724. This will enable us to put a seventh Independent Living Teacher into service; reducing wait times for clients and windshield time for current teachers. It will also allow us to continue our Young Adult Transition Program into the 2021-22 school year. This program assists high school students who have completed their academic goals but need additional training to complete their IEP goals and move on to post-secondary education or or employment.

      Director Emily Wharton stated: "We just can't thank the Governor and Legislators enough for their willingness to invest in blind Iowans. They understand the financial and human benefits of getting blind people off the couch and into careers where they can contribute to Iowa's economy. This appropriation respects the dignity of older Iowans who have lost their vision by providing the tools they need to remain in their homes and enjoy their retirement in their communities."

      IDB would also like to extend our thanks to stakeholders who shared their support of IDB's programs and services throughout this process including the Governor's Olmstead Taskforce, the State Independent Living Council, the IDB Independent Living Advisory Council,, members of the National Federation of the Blind of Iowa, members of the Iowa Council of the United Blind, and other groups and individuals.