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 will be having a Special Meeting of the Board of Directors May 16th, 2019. The meeting will begin at 10:30 am.

IESDB is Hiring! Come Join Our Team

  • Sign Language Interpreter, Gooding, open until filled
  • Instructor for the Blind/Visually Impaired, Gooding, open until filled
  • Pre-K Instructor, Meridian, open until filled
  • Physical Education Instructor, Gooding, open until filled
  • Special Needs Instructor, Gooding, open until filled
  • Cottage Supervisor, Gooding, 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.

ASD 200 anniversary quilt

The American School for the Deaf (ASD) in Hartford, Connecticut is celebrating its 200th year anniversary (1817-2017). The ASD is the very first school for the deaf established in the United States of America, and also the first on the North American continent. This school has a long and rich history. As part of their 200 year anniversary celebration, the American School for the Deaf pursued a project to make a commemorative quilt, asking other schools for the deaf in the USA to contribute a quilt square to be included in the quilt.

The Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind is one of the contributors of a quilt square for this 200 year anniversary quilt. Dorothy Ogden, who has worked in the Library and Copy Center for many years, agreed to apply her artistic talents in designing and completing the quilt square to represent the Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind. The ISDB quilt square shows the school mascot, a Raptor, bouncing a basketball, and it shows the founding year for ISDB. If you look at the entire quilt, the ISDB square is in the second row from the top, near the left side. Administrator Brian Darcy, Director of Education Gretchen Spooner, and Director of Outreach Paula Mason attended the CEASD conference hosted by ASD in Hartford in April. They enjoyed participating in the anniversary celebration and learning about the history of the school, and took this picture of the quilt.

Thank you, Dorothy Ogden, for creating this beautiful quilt square to represent our school. And congratulations to the American School for the Deaf upon their 200th year anniversary. The legacy of establishing schools for the deaf in America started with this very first school in the year 1817!