[Tall-Corn] There's still time to make it to today's Iowa Department for the Blind budget hearing

Jerad S. Nylin jerad.nfbi at gmail.com
Thu Nov 15 15:53:48 UTC 2018

Good morning all, You will recall an email from Michael Barber last week regarding the Department for the Blinds budget hearing. I wanted to follow up with that and share the below information for today's budget hearing.The Iowa Department for the Blind will be presenting its budget request to the Governor on today, November 15th from 12:00 to 12:30 pm in the Robert Ray Conference room at the Iowa State Capitol. This presentation will highlight achievements over the past year and
 outline the priorities for the coming year.

IDB has requested a state appropriation increase of $79,877. This increase is being requested in order to add an additional Independent Living Teacher. "Our IL teachers have been working really hard to implement a new cluster-based service model" explains IDB
 Director Emily Wharton. "This new service model is enabling us to more quickly and efficiently help clients get the training and tools they need to remain independent in their homes. Adding another teacher to our team would reduce teacher territories. This
 would in turn reduce the number of clusters each teacher serves and the wait time between cluster sessions. This would result in clients feeling more confident in their ability to take care of their homes and remain active in their communities."

The budget presentation is a public meeting and open to all who wish to attend.  Jerad S. NylinPresident, National Federation of the Blind of Iowa 319-535-3723 jerad-nfbi at gmail.com  Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S® 6, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
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