Courtesy Posting: ICUB - Des Moines Chapter Monthly Meeting

Government and Politics

August 9, 2022

This is a courtesy posting on behalf of  the Iowa Council of the United Blind. This is a separate entity from the Iowa Department for the Blind. This message does not represent the views or policies of the Iowa Department for the Blind. Any inquiries, comments, or concerns should be sent to Carrie Chapman at president@icublind.org.

You are invited to meet with members and friends of the Des Moines Chapter, Iowa Council of the United Blind (ICUB), Monday evening, August 8, 2022, at the Department for the Blind building, 524 Fourth St.  The doors to the Assembly Room will open at 5:00 p.m., so come mix and mingle prior to our meeting.  The meeting will begin with call to order promptly at 5:30 p.m.

This month our speaker will be Director Emily Wharton with the Iowa Department for the Blind. (IDB).  Director Wharton will be speaking about the recent decision by the Department of Education to end their materials contract with the Iowa Department for the Blind. 

The materials contract, worth $575,000, allowed for the Education Department to be billed for Iowa students who are blind and low vision being provided braille and other accessible educational materials.

Being able to read and write has a direct relationship with an individual's well-being, quality of life and future.  Director Wharton will discuss the importance of braille for literacy and the impact this change will have for our blind students.

Please join us on Monday night.

***Please note: To attend in person you must enter on the north side of the IDB building, the Watson-Powell side. Doors will only be unlocked for a limited time, between 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM.  If you arrive prior to the 5:30 PM meeting time, you are asked to please wait in the IDB library on the first floor or in the Assembly Room.

If you arrive early or late and the doors are locked please use the following numbers to contact someone for entrance:

-Prior to 4:30 PM, 515-281-1333

-After 4:30 PM 515-249-6328

If you are unable to attend in person this month, you can join via Zoom.  Members and friends have been sent an email with the Zoom information.  If you do not receive email and would still like to join please call 866-436-0141 to request Zoom sign-in information.

Membership dues are $15, and we are still collecting for the 2022 calendar year.

We look forward to having you join us at our chapter meeting.  We seek and value your participation and support.