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Iowa Self-Employment (ISE) is a program designed for clients of Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) or Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB) whose vocational goal is self-employment. We provide individualized Self-Employment services to Iowans with disabilities who are interested in starting, expanding or acquiring a business. Referrals to the ISE program are made by IVRS/IDB counselors.

Is Self-Employment Right for You?

Your IVRS/IDB counselor can help you find out if you're eligible for IVRS services and provide the resources you need to discover if self-employment is the right strategy for your career success. To be eligible for services you must have a documented physical, emotional or learning condition that affects work and training.

Contact IVRS to find the office nearest you, or call us at 515-281-4211 (V/TTY) to be referred to an IVRS counselor in your area. Persons who are blind or severely visually impaired should contact the Iowa Department for the Blind Contact IDB or (toll-free in Iowa): 800-362-2587.

Your chances for a successful venture are enhanced by the expertise of your IVRS counselor and the support and services offered by the Iowa Self-Employment program!

Learn More About ISE

IVRS Logo and Link to IVRS Website
Map of ISE Business
Iowa Department for the Blind Logo and link to their website

We provide quality, expert, client-centered services to Iowans with disabilities that embrace diversity, promote successful business ownership
and result in self-sufficiency and economic development.

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services | 510 E. 12th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319 | 515-281-4211