Iowa plan to create regional centers to serve blind, deaf, and deafblind students is approved

Date Posted: 02/15/2013

A story JVIB has been following, and which it reported on in the January-February 2013 issue, has reached resolution. The Iowa State Board of Regents, which oversees special schools in Iowa, recently accepted a proposal that would create five regional centers, including on existing campuses in Vinton and Council Bluffs, to serve students who are blind, deaf, deafblind, including those with additional disabilities. The proposed new model was presented by a feasibility and planning study committee following a months-long process. The changes are not intended to replace services that already exist, but are intended to add to what students receive, and are projected to save over $2 million once the new system is in place.

The regents charged committee member Patrick Clancy, superintendent of the School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs and head of the statewide Iowa Educational Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, with the task of developing a detailed description for a pilot program that would include one regional center at a location to be determined. The proposal is expected to be presented before the Board of Regents by September 2013, for potential implementation in 2015. For more information, contact: State of Iowa Board of Regents, 11260 Aurora Avenue, Urbandale, IA 50322; website: www.regents.iowa.gov. [Information for this piece was taken from the February 7, 2013, RadioIowa article entitled, "Regents approve concept of regional centers for blind and deaf student services," by Dar Danielson.]

Contact: State of Iowa Board of Regents

URL: http://www.regents.iowa.gov

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