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      Students of the Orientation Center carve and display their Halloween pumpkins with great camaraderie.

      Orientation Center students explore alternate pumpkin carving techniques

      The afternoon of Tuesday, October 28 found the students of the Orientation Center getting ready for Halloween by exploring non-visual techniques for preparing, designing,and carving pumpkins. Three teams tackled the task of producing a unique Jack O' Lantern, all starting with the removal of the squishy, slimy, seedy material inside. From there a variety of methods of mapping out facial features on the surface of the pumpkins were employed, using push pins, string, the sense of touch, and much consultation amongst the team members. Everyone took a turn with the knife during the carving phase and now the three distinctive results are on display in the lobby of the Iowa Department for the Blind, ready for the big day.

      IDB Director Richard Sorey's Inside Iowa interview

      Kim Chase, Des Moines radio personality and host of Inside Iowa, sat down with Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB) Director Richard Sorey Tuesday,  October 21, 2014  to talk about White Cane Safety Day 2014, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (October), and The Iowa Department for the Blind and its services. Listen to the 24 minute interview.

      Iowa Public Radio profile of Dr. Timothy Schmidt online

      An excellent Iowa Public Radio (IPR) profile of  Dr. Timothy Schmidt, IDB client, advocate, and concert pianist, was aired this week on IPR. Dr. Schmidt gave a  jaw-dropping musical performance with his daughter Marie at IDB's White Cane Safety Day Open House on Wednesday, October 15. Rob Dillard, reporter for IPR and producer of Being in Iowa, attended the event, caught the Schmidt's concert, and conducted an interview. Listen to "A Concert Pianist Adapts to Blindness" online on IPR's web site.

      Thinking Outside the Employment Box

      A publication of the Iowa Department of Human Services, developed under contract by the Center for Disabilities and Development, introduces eighteen Iowa entrepreneurs. Three of these individuals are former Iowa Department for the Blind clients. Download the pdf file to read about their continued successes.

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      More Feature Stories:
      Senator Tom Harkin sends inspiring message on White Cane Safety Day 2014
      Seeing the World Differently: Eakin lives blindly, but independently
      Blind Americans Equality Day 2014 Proclamation
      Read the White Cane Magazine, Special Edition 2014 online
      Director Sorey promotes IDB's White Cane Safety Day Open House on ABC-5
      White Cane Safety Day 2014 proclaimed in the City of Des Moines
      Director Sorey featured in Des Moines Register's Pulse of the Metro
      IDB observes National Disability Employment Awareness Month
      IDB participates in new U.S. Currency Reader Program
      Audio news from the Library for Fall 2014
      September 13, 2014 Iowa Commission for the Blind board meeting audio

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