Iowa Department for the Blind
Independent Living Program
The Iowa Department for the Blind is the state agency that provides comprehensive services to Iowans with vision loss.† Services are confidential, free and available statewide.
The Independent Living Program is an
important part of the over-all package of services available from the Iowa
Department for the Blind.†† Rehabilitation
Teachers and project specialists travel throughout the state to help
clients obtain the confidence and techniques they need to live independent,
As you may have guessed, the
Independent Living Program draws on other agency programs to provide
comprehensive services to
THE LIBRARY FOR THE BLIND AND PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED
The library provides reading materials free of charge to Iowans who cannot use standard print because of blindness, physical disability, or reading disability.† Books and magazines are available on cassette tape, in Braille, and in large print to eligible borrowers throughout the state.
The library also circulates videos enhanced with audio descriptions, known as descriptive videos.† Videos are available for all ages and range in subject from popular movies to documentaries.† For more information, visit http://www.blind.state.ia.us/Library/index.htm.
AIDS AND DEVICES STORE
Located at the Department for the Blindís
VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION SERVICES
At times, during the process of receiving independent living services, a client will express the desire to return to work.† If this happens, the rehabilitation teacher will request assistance from a vocational rehabilitation counselor.
Vocational rehabilitation (VR) services help individuals to prepare for, obtain, and retain employment.† Applicants are made eligible based on their visual disability, their need for VR services, and their intent to work. The VR counselor and the eligible individual jointly identify a vocational goal and the services needed to achieve it. Services may include:
v Assessment, demonstration, and training in the Assistive Technology Resource Center
v Job placement services
v Rehabilitation technology services
v Post-employment follow up
For more information, visit http://www.blind.state.ia.us/employment/overview.htm.
ADULT ORIENTATION AND
The Adult Orientation and
v Blindness skills
v Job readiness
v Public education
For more information, visit http://www.blind.state.ia.us/orient.htm.
If you know someone who could benefit from the services available through the Department for the Blind, if you would like to set up an in-service with a Department for the Blind representative, or if you simply want more information, call the Department for the Blind at 800-362-2587 or visit our web site at www.blind.state.ia.us.†
To find out what is happening at the Department and in your area, choose the Upcoming Events link.
INDEPENDENT LIVING PROGRAM NEWSLETTER
is published by the Iowa Department for the Blind. Please direct questions and
suggestions to the Iowa Department for the Blind,