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      IDB participates in new U.S. Currency Reader Program

      Free currency readers will be available to patrons of IDB's Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped thanks to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing's (BEP) U.S. Currency Reader Program. The program partners the BEP and the Library of Congress National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS). IDB's library is a regional library of the NLS..... Read more

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      IDB welcomes new Rehabilitation Technology Specialist

      Helen Stevens, Rehabilitation Technology Specialist

      Meet IDB's newest staff member, Helen Stevens. She has been hired as the Rehabilitation Technology Specialist for the Independent Living program. Helen has worked for Blindness: Learning In New Dimensions, Inc. in Minneapolis, Minnesota since January of 2013. She provided students with training in the areas of adaptive technology as well as Braille and she also served as the Network Administrator. Helen earned her national certification in Literary Braille in 2013, and she has obtained certifications in a variety of computer applications. Helen earned her BA from Harvard in December of 2011, and she completed a variety of internships in the field of blindness rehabilitation while pursuing her degree. Helen is bright, energetic, and she will provide outstanding services to blind Iowans. Helen began work at IDB on September 15.  Please join us in welcoming her to the agency. 

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      IDB's iOS training program article featured on VisionAware web site

      The American Foundation for the Blind’s VisionAware web site features an article submitted by the Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB) about the department's ongoing iOS training program. You may read the article at

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      More Feature Stories:

      IDB Staff August Arrivals
      Audio news from the Library for Summer 2014
      September 13, 2014 Iowa Commission for the Blind board meeting audio

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