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      IDB Director Richard Sorey Inside Iowa interview airs this weekend

      Kim Chase, Des Moines radio personality and host of Inside Iowa, sat down with Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB) Director Richard Sorey Tuesday to talk about White Cane Safety Day 2014, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (October), and The Iowa Department for the Blind and its services. Catch the 24 minute interview on one of five Cumulus Des Moines stations at the times listed below. Links are provided if you would like to listen in via live streaming from the station web site.

      Nash FM 97.3 Saturday, October 25th - 5:30 am
      98.3 The Torch Sunday, October 26th - 7:00 am
      95 KGGO Sunday, October 26th - 6:30 am
      92.5 Nash Icon Sunday, October 26th - 5 am
      AM 1700 The Champ Sunday, October 26th - 5 am

      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.

      Senator Tom Harkin sends inspiring message on White Cane Safety Day 2014

      Senator Tom Harkin's letterA letter from Senator Tom Harkin to the Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB) was read by his staff assistant Jule Reynolds during the program observing the 50th anniversary of White Cane Safety Day that was held in IDB's Assembly Room. Read the text of the letter here.

      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.

      Image of the front page of the Iowa Falls Times Citizen,, with an article about Robert Eakin. Seeing the World Differently: Eakin lives blindly, but independently

      October 15, 2014 is White Cane Safety Day. It's a day to recognize the significance of the white cane, which has become an international symbol for the blind and their independence, and to promote public awareness of white cane laws. An Iowa Falls man has shared his personal story to help educate local residents about Iowa's white cane laws.
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      More Feature Stories:
      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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