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      Nicole and Marcie, both job candidates from the Iowa Department for the Blind, pose at the Reverse Career Fair on March 9, 2016, surrounded by the booths of other exhibitors.

      Successful Reverse Career Fair/Talent Showcase

      The Iowa Department for the Blind was proud to partner with staff from Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Aging Resources of Central Iowa, Iowa Employment Solutions at DMACC, Candeo, and Easter Seals Iowa to hold the Reverse Career Fair on March 9, 2016. This new model turns the table on the typical job fair format, so that the employers stop by the booths of the job candidates! In this format, the job candidates have a better opportunity to showcase the talents and skills they can offer to an employer, in a setting that is more conducive to making a real connection. The employer also benefits from being able to quickly identify which job candidates are most likely to have the skills, abilities, and personality that will fit well into the position they are looking to fill. It is a classic win-win situation. Read more...

      Library reports smooth transition to new system

      The Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is happy to report that the transition to the new library system during the first half of the month of March went well and normal services have resumed. In addition, the new On-line Public Access Catalog (OPAC) is live and operational. As always, patrons may call the library with any questions at 515-281-1368 or, in Iowa, 800-362-2587, ext. 1-1368. You can also send questions via email to library@blind.state.ia.us.

      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

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      March 22, 2016 Iowa Commission for the Blind Meeting Part 1 mp3
      March 22, 2016 Iowa Commission for the Blind Meeting Part 2 mp3
      March 22, 2016 Iowa Commission for the Blind Meeting Part 3 mp3
      March 22, 2016 Iowa Commission for the Blind Meeting Part 4 mp3
      Iowa Commission for the Blind - Meeting Recordings and Minutes
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