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      Emily Wharton Selected as Director of the Iowa Department for the Blind

      Emily Wharton walks with a long, white cane by the front entrance to the Iowa Department for the Blind.The Iowa Commission for the Blind has chosen Emily Wharton to serve as Director of the Iowa Department for the Blind. Wharton had been serving as the agency's Technology Director since 2013.

      “Emily Wharton brings three key qualities to the position of Iowa Department for the Blind director,” said Peggy Elliott of Grinnell, chair of the three-member Iowa Commission for the Blind, appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Iowa Senate to set policy for the state agency. Read more...

      Accessible Voting Guide Available for Download

      The Voting Is for Everyone project is encouraging Iowans with vision loss to vote through presentations at blind organization and support-group meetings and through a clear, concise guide available in large print, audio, and electronic formats.  The guide covers such topics as blind-friendly methods for registering to vote, casting a ballot, and remedying any violation of voting rights.  Read more...

      Upcoming Conferences of Note

      45th Annual Iowa Governor's Safety & Health Conference  - The purpose of the conference is to develop and promote means and opportunities as well as programs for the continuing education concerning the Occupational Safety & Health Administration's safety and health regulations, laws and best practices regarding the prevention of occupational injuries and illnesses. Keynote presentations by Michael Hingson and Ryan Campbell.

      2016 Care for Caregivers Conference - At no cost, the Iowa Lifespan Respite Coalition wants to provide caregivers across Iowa with tools and resources to help develop a caregiving network and learn more about the benefits of recharging through respite. By taking care of yourself, you’re able to provide emotionally healthier care to those around you. This conference will provide encouraging reminders as to why you give your time to serve someone you love!

      October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

      The NDEAM 2016 poster touts the theme “#InclusionWorks” and includes photos of diverse individuals in workplace setttings.Reflecting the important role disability plays in workforce diversity, this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) theme is “#InclusionWorks.” Observed each October, NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a diverse workforce inclusive of their skills and talents. Visit the U.S. Department of Labor's web site for more information and resources.

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