Learning at the Iowa Department for the Blind
How do I get started?
Find out what you will be reading. Attached to your email
to the program was a list of books to choose from. As soon as you have
made a decision about which book to pursue you can contact Karen Schweitzer
the Librarian of Audio Production for the Iowa
Department for the Blind to let her know what book you have
chosen. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org
or you may call the toll-free
(800)362-2587 number or her direct line at: 515-281-1241.
How do I get to the facility?
Step 2: The IDB will mail a copy of the
book to you, but you may want to
get your hands on the book even earlier so you can put in some good
rehearsal time before that first visit. Check out the holdings at
the Iowa State Library and
the Ames Public Library.
Step 3: Once you have the book you can contact Tim West, Digital Recording
Specialist to arrange your first appointment. Tim responds to
email [email@example.com], but if you are trying to set up a
time to record, it may be easier to do complete that task by
phone to avoid the back and forth that can happen when trying to make
You can call the Iowa Department for the Blind at their toll free
number: 1-800-362-2587 and ask that your call be directed to Tim West
or you can call directly to his line: 1-515-281-1360. Tim
prefers that people call to schedule a week or two in advance, though
it is okay to call to ask if there is time sooner if you happen to have
an opening in your schedule. Remember, their regular operating
hours are 8-5 M-F; if you need to schedule outside those times, you'll
need to plan ahead with Tim West and appreciate any flexibility he can
Step 4: Be sure to keep that first appointment. If your plans go
awry do be
in contact with Tim beforehand to let him know.
Step 5: While you are in Des Moines you may want to set up the rest of
your appointments; take your planner with you.
At any point in the process, feel free to contact Dr. Slagell for advice or
Iowa Dept for the Blind is located in Downtown Des Moines, at 524 4th
Street. It is just a couple blocks south of the Wells-Fargo Arena
and Convention Center so you can follow signs off of I-235 as though
you were heading there. If you have trouble give Tim a call at: 1-515-281-1360
or speak to the receptionist at 1-800-362-2587.
1: Take the 3RD ST exit toward 5TH AVE.
2: Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto 3RD ST. 0.5 miles
Turn RIGHT onto GRAND AVE.
Turn RIGHT onto 4TH ST.
End at Iowa Department for the Blind: 524 4th St, Des Moines, IA 50309
Map Quest says that the Total Est. Time is
41 minutes and the Total
Est. Distance from ISU campus is 37.18 miles
You can do your own MapQuest
request from your departure address to the Iowa Department for the
at the above address.
There are parking garages at 4th and Grand and
also at 5th and Watson-Powell where you can park (see map below).
You can have
your parking ticket validated at the Iowa Department for the Blind so
sure to take it in with you. When you enter the building there is
a receptionist who can direct you to the Digital Recording
Studio. Let them know you have an appointment with Tim West.
What will I
find once I am there?
Friendly people to help you get started.
A state of the art recording studio. Satisfaction of a job well done.
To find out more about the Iowa Department for the Blind and other ways
to become involved, visit
their website [http://www.blind.state.ia.us/]