Our Mission: Education, Communication and Independence For Life!

Picture of Brian DarcyGreetings! My name is Brian Darcy and it is my privilege to serve as the Agency Administrator. Whether you are a parent of an ISDB student, are someone served by the IESDB Outreach programs, or are just an interested guest simply looking to learn more about us, it is my sincere pleasure to welcome you. Please feel free to contact us directly for more information about any of our programs or services.

Notice: The IESDB Board of Directors will be holding a Regular Board Meeting August 13th, 2019. The meeting will begin at 2:0 pm.

IESDB is Hiring! Come Join Our Team

  • Paraprofessional – 19.5 hours, Gooding, open until filled
  • Custodian/Bus Driver, Gooding, open until filled
  • Sign Language Interpreter, Meridian, open until filled
  • Cottage Supervisor Assistant, Gooding, open until filled

Find out more, see full job descriptions and download an application.


New! 2019 Idaho Youth Leadership Forum

blue italic I to note informationThe Idaho State Independent Living Council (SILC) has extended the deadline for the 2019 Idaho Youth Leadership Forum. The forum will be held at Boise State University, July 28th-August 2nd, and is open to youth with disabilities, ages 16-21, who would like to take part in an all-expenses paid opportunity to develop leadership skills and learn how to reach academic, career and independence goals. The deadline has been extended to May 17th. Students or families who would like more information at the SLIC website, or may contact SILC at 800-487-4866.

santa waves and holds a christmas list with a student on his lap

Santa came to the Region 5 Christmas get-together held on the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls….and Matthew was ready! Matthew brought his 7-page Christmas list, handwritten in dark marker. Jill Andrus, IESDB Consulting Teacher of the Blind/Visually Impaired, reported that during his braille instruction time, he practiced writing items from his list.

Matthew, along with his mom, dad, and sister, were one of seven families that attended, with 40 people in all. Children with a hearing and/or vision loss and their families were invited. Santa (a.k.a. John Philips who works at Seastroms) chatted with children using sign language. Matthew asked about Mrs. Clause and types of cookies Santa preferred (chocolate chip) with Kristy Buffington, Elf, interpreting (she is also the IESDB Post-Transition Coordinator). Matthew listened closely, asking follow-up questions as needed (is warm or cold milk the best?).

santa and his elf talk with student

Lorna Irwin, Hands and Voices Coordinator, oversaw a popular craft activity: making ornaments with plastic beads and a heated iron. Other crafts were cookie decorating and coloring Winter pictures with our IESDB Consulting Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Heather Burgen and Tammy Wilhoite. Jenny Hirai (IESDB Consulting Teacher of the Blind/Visually Impaired) had a table of pipe cleaners, fruit loops, noodles and string for original creations.

Happy Holidays to all! Matthew, we look forward to hearing what Santa left under your Christmas tree this year!