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      Iowa Public Radio will air Dr. Timothy Schmidt profile Wednesday, October 22

      If you missed Dr. Timothy Schmidt and his daughter Marie's jaw-dropping musical performance at IDB's White Cane Safety Day Open House on Wednesday, October 15, you have another chance to get a taste of the music and the man on Iowa Public Radio. Rob Dillard will profile Dr. Schmidt on Iowa Public Radio at 5:35, 7:35 a.m., and 4:45 p.m. Tune your radio to 90.1 FM or 640 AM. Live streams and a posted version of Dr. Schmidt’s profile will go up tomorrow morning at

      IDB Director Richard Sorey interview to air this weekend on five Cumulus Des Moines radio stations

      Kim Chase, host of Inside Iowa, sat down with IDB Director Richard Sorey Tuesday to talk about White Cane Safety Day 2014, National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and The Iowa Department for the Blind and its services. Catch the 24 minute interview on these stations at these times (links are provided if you want to listen to 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

      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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