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      ID Action Local Capitol Days grant encourages advocacy

      ID Action will provide eight (8) Capitol Day grants up to $500 each for advocacy training and support to local advocacy groups who are interested in meeting with their legislators at the Iowa State Capitol and advocating on behalf of disability related issues. Get the details!

      Update concerning the IDB FY2017 Budget

      The Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB) operating budget for Fiscal Year 2017 will be $2,298,358. This amount is the equivalent of what we received in Fiscal Year 2016. A budget increase for the IDB was not recommended by the governor.

      IDB Budget Fact Sheet - December 2015

      The 2016 Iowa Regional Braille Challenge took place at IDB on January 30, 2016. Photo shows Todd Frank of the Iowa Braille School singing the annual song about all the contestants to an Assembly Room full of students and families..

      The 2016 Regional Iowa Braille Challenge & STEAM Activities

      The 2016 Regional Iowa Braille Challenge was held on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at the Department for the Blind in Des Moinesa. Here are the results of this year's competition.

      IDB on Iowa Public Radio!

      Listen to IDB's Technology Director Emily Wharton and Iowa Braille Challenge contestant Gabe Urbano interview with Iowa Public Radio's Talk of Iowa: "Even with Technology, Learning Braille Still Important for Blind Students".

      The Return of "Turning the Pages"

      The Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped's blog is again available for your reading pleasure. Here is the link to "Turning the Pages".

      An Invitation to the Public from Workforce System Partners

      Offer your input and guidance at one of two public meetings that will outline Iowa's Unified State Plan.

      More Feature Stories:

      Audio news from the Library for Winter 2016
      December 12, 2015 Iowa Commission for the Blind board meeting audio - Part 1
      December 12, 2015 Iowa Commission for the Blind board meeting audio - Part 2
      December 12, 2015 Iowa Commission for the Blind board meeting audio - Part 3
      Hilker-Pedretti grant aids services to blind Iowans
      Connections - A Peer Support Social Network

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