Iowa Department for the Blind

524 Fourth St.
Des Moines, IA 50309


524 Fourth St.
50309 Des Moines , IA
United States
Phone: 515-281-1333
Iowa US
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.

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: