Facility Access Information

Wheelchair Parking Location
on the norh side of the building
Main Entrance
on 4th St. there are two railings and 12 steps.
Accessible Entrance
on the north side of the building, on Watson Powell, there is a ramp and accessible entry doors.
Accessible Restrooms
All restrooms are accessible
Segways Allowed
Service Animals
Sitting Area Location
in the lobby on the first floor, in the cafeteria on the first floor, in the library reading room on the fourth floor.
Pre-Visit Information
Other Important Pre-Visit Information
If you would like to set up a tour of the building and have more information abou the Department, call 515-281-1333 for an appointment.
Visitor Information Desk
The following items are available. Please ask for them at the information desk
Large-print brochures
Large-print exhibition labels
Braille brochures
Notepad and pencil (for deaf and other visitors)
Staff members trained in sighted guide technique
A staff member who knows American Sign Language (ASL)
Galleries and Exhibits
Tactile or Multisensory Exhibits
Artwork by Ann Cunningham.
Tactile Globe.
Media (You Tube) available for visitors participating in institutions online
The Iowa Department for the Blind serves blind and visually impaired Iowans in the areas of vocational rehabilitation, independent living, residential adult orientation and adjustment center and through the library for the blind and physically handicapped. We teach non-visual techniques our clients apply to everyday life, and in the meantime increase their confidence as living as a person with vision loss. We talk a lot about accessible technology and alternative ways to do things in a sighted world, and recently we added accessible art to our repertoire. Tactile artist Ann Cunningham created seven works for the Department's permanent collection that aim to teach those who can't see the concepts of perspective and composition. The artworks are hung on the first floor and the fourth floor in the building and are open to the public to touch.