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New Display - The History of Blindness in Iowa Project


The History of Blindness in Iowa Project will be on display in the State Library - Main Library during November, 2013. The library is located in the Miller Building at the corner of E. 12th St. and Grand Ave. in Des Moines.

The goal of the project is to capture the history of blindness in Iowa and share that history with all Iowans. This history has been collected in numerous personal histories (written and narrated) and through the collection and cataloging of related historic documents, objects, images, films, and more. A web site serves as a conduit to the histories and historical materials.

Persons with disabilities, including those who are blind, have been noticeably absent from the historical narrative of Iowa. The accounts of the daily experiences and historical achievements of blind Iowans add an important dimension to understanding Iowa's past and the people who shaped it. Iowans will learn how their fellow citizens changed the way blind persons are regarded by American society and its institutions. This project demonstrates that commonly held stereotypes about blindness are a myth and will help educate Iowans about the capabilities of their friends, family members, and co-workers who are blind.

Visitors can listen to the audio of histories of blind Iowans.


Direct questions and comments about the project to:

Rick Dressler
Communications Specialist
Iowa Department for the Blind


Our hours are 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday. For more information: 800-248-4483, 515-281-4102, or For directions and a map click here.

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Annette Wetteland last modified Nov 13, 2013 10:08 AM