IERC (Indiana Educational Resource Center)
The Indiana Educational Resource Center (IERC) is a statewide, centralized depository of specialized formats for school-age students who are blind or visually impaired enrolled in local education agencies. These formats include braille and large print instructional materials, as well as tangible aids and equipment specifically designed for use by students with visual impairments.The IERC collaborates with the PATINS Project, Indiana Center for Accessible Materials (ICAM) for the provision of services. Request for instructional materials, for school-age students who are blind or have low vision, are submitted to the ICAM by the LEA appointed Digital Right’s Managers (DRM) and are processed by the IERC. All materials are provided at no cost to eligible students and are on loan to the ordering local education agencies.
In addition to the centralized, statewide depository, the IERC also houses and manages a Braille Transcription Project and oversees the Miami Accessible Media Project located at the Miami Correctional Facility in Bunker Hill, Indiana.
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The Annual Inventory Recall/Reallocation of loaned IERC materials for the 2017-2018 school year will be conducted now through May 15th.
If your school corporation will no longer be part of a Cooperative or Interlocal at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year, and you will no longer be the teacher/DRM, we are requesting that ALL items currently on loan from the IERC to the respective school corporation/s, be returned to the IERC by June 15, 2018. The newly designated teacher/DRM will need to reorder materials on the ICAM for students.
If you have any questions regarding the annual inventory recall process, please do not hesitate to contact our IERC staff.
As always, thanks for your time and assistance to complete this very important procedure! It allows us to effectively and efficiently reuse materials and keep our costs down.
VisioBook Loan Policy Change
The VisioBook: Portable Electronic Magnifier and Distance Viewer (1-03913-01) has been discontinued by the manufacturer and the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) will no longer be selling or repairing the units.
As a result, the IERC is making the following changes to its VisioBook lending policy , effective immediately.
1) VisioBook devices currently on loan from the IERC will not be required to be sent back at the end of the school year but can be renewed and retained for the same student, if needed, on the ICAM web interface at the end of the school year.
2) VisioBook units still operable, but not needed by the student for the next school year, would need to be returned to the IERC by June 15th via a trackable mail service. Please ensure the unit is returned in its original container/packaging and all parts are accounted for (i.e. cords, power supply, manual).
3) VisioBook units that malfunction or stop working, would be required to be returned to the IERC so we can follow the appropriate steps to remove it from our state inventory. The units can no longer be repaired.
4) New or replacement orders for the VisioBooks will be accepted via the ICAM until the IERC inventory is depleted, at which time ordering districts will receive an email indicating that the order is not able to be filled.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the IERC office.
Book Orders SY18-19
Please submit book orders for braille and large print textbooks now for next school year. Read more...
Equipment and Supplies SY18-19
Please submit orders for specialized aids and equipment now for next school year. Read more...
Packing Slip/Delivery Confirmation
A packing slip is enclosed in each shipment the IERC sends out. When you receive a shipment from the IERC, please confirm delivery. Read more...
The IERC will be open Monday-Friday during the summer months, from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Please feel free to call the Center during this time if you have any questions or need information or want to return materials.
If you need additional assistance or information, do not hesitate to contact the IERC staff at 800-833-2198 or IERCemail@isbvik12.org.
Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST
Indiana Educational Resource Center
7725 North College Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46240-2504
Phone: (317) 554-2740
Toll-free: (800) 833-2198
Fax: (317) 475-9181
Upcoming BLV Trainings
Nemeth: An Independent Study Course
The purpose of this thirteen week independent study course is to train educators of students who are blind or have low vision to become proficient in the use and transcription of Nemeth Code in the UEB context.
Contact PASS Project 800-622-3035
DictationBridge version 1.0, is a free, open source dictation solution for use with a screen reader that allows persons who are blind to dictate text and to control the computer using voice. It can be used with NVDA and/or Jaws screen readers and either Dragon Naturally Speaking or Windows Speech Recognition. Read more.
Microsoft Soundscape, is a free iOS navigation app for iPhones available in the US and UK. The app offers a 3D audio experience crafted specifically for exploration. It features an unobtrusive, roaming narrator reading the names of businesses, intersections, and points of interest in stereo. Read more.
The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) has announced the availability of JAWS-ZoomText-MAGic Suite. For the same $300 price as the previous JAWS and MAGic Student Edition, students can now have access to any combination of three programs for use at home and at school. The software bundle can be purchased using federal quota funds, http://www.aph.org/products/jaws-zoomtext-magic-suite-quota/ or with regular funds (such as a credit card), at http://www.aph.org/products/jaws-zoomtext-magic-suite/ or call 800-223-1839.
The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) has announced the release of the Orbit Reader 20 refreshable braille device. Due to high demand for the Orbit Reader 20, APH is limiting initial orders. It is available with federal quota funds or cash. For more information, contact customer relations at 800-223-1839 or email email@example.com.
A new free iOS app called Seeing AI, developed by Microsoft, has been released to the Apple App Store. The app harnesses the power of artificial intelligence to open up the visual world and describe nearby people, text and objects. The app uses artificial intelligence and the camera on your iPhone to perform a number of useful functions: reading documents, identifying a product based on its barcode, recognizing people based on their face, providing a description, and recognizing images within other apps.
HIMS Inc. has announced the release of BrailleSense Polaris, the first virtual braille tablet for the blind. Polaris is the latest in the popular BrailleSense Notetaker family and features state-of-the-art hardware and software including Androids’s Lollipop operating system and the Polaris Office Suite found on millions of Smart Phones worldwide. Polaris integrates a touch-sensitive Braille display with Miracast connectivity to the mainstream computer or tablet of choice. It weighs less than 2 pounds and has access to mainstream applications and Google Services such as Docs, Drive, Slides, Sheets and Classroom.HIMS Inc. has announced the release of BrailleSense Polaris, the first virtual braille tablet for the blind. Polaris is the latest in the popular BrailleSense Notetaker family and features state-of-the-art hardware and software including Androids’s Lollipop operating system and the Polaris Office Suite found on millions of Smart Phones worldwide. Polaris integrates a touch-sensitive Braille display with Miracast connectivity to the mainstream computer or tablet of choice. It weighs less than 2 pounds and has access to mainstream applications and Google Services such as Docs, Drive, Slides, Sheets and Classroom.
The ElBraille, developed by Elita Group and available from Freedom Scientific, is a portable braille computer designed for users who are blind or deaf-blind. The ElBraille-14 and ElBraille-40 combine the power of a modern mainstream computer running Windows 10 operating system with JAWS 18 and a braille display with a full braille keyboard.
Bookshare is now offering their books in an ePub format. Users can now download and read books on both MacOS and iOS. For more information, visit Bookshare’s website.
Enabling Technologies announced a new partnership with Humanware. Humanware is now the exclusive distributor in North America for all of Enabling Technologies Braille products. Enabling Technologies is known for the Romeo and Juliet embossers as well as the Braille BookMaker, Braille Express 150 and BraillePlace. Enabling recently updated their embosser line with new models that include the Romeo 60, a single sided embosser, the Juliet 120, a double sided (interpoint) embosser, and the Phoenix, a multi-function Braille and Tactile Graphics System. For more information about the Enabling Technologies line of Braille embossers, or any other Humanware products, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1-800-722-3393.
The APH NIMAC website has been redesigned for ease of use.
Humanware’s BrailleNote Touch combines the accessibility of a note taker with the efficiency of a modern smartphone or tablet. The BrailleNote Touch is the first certified braille tablet providing Google Play Store access. The BrailleTouch allows the user to use Google Drive and Docs, read PDF files, use KeyWord for daily writing tasks, download and read books in braille, send and received emails through KeyMail, web browsing with KeyWeb web browser, use Google Playstore to download and use apps.
The web-based Tutorial for the Nemeth Braille Code for Mathematics and Science Notation (Nemeth Code) is available, at no charge, to anyone who has access to the Internet, from a Windows or Macintosh platform (including on devices such as the iPad, iPhone, and Android-based cellular phones), using any assistive technology software or hardware (including any screen reader or magnification program and any keyboard, including electronic refreshable braille devices.) It resides on the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) website and was developed in partnership with APH and funding through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) has announced Graphiti, an interactive digital tactile graphic display developed by Orbit Research for APH. It was developed in conjunction with the Transforming Braille Project. Graphiti allows students and adults to access a wide variety of on-screen graphics by touch depicted by means of an array of variable-height pins. .
BANA is pleased to announce the publication of the new Music Braille Code, 2015. This completely revised publication is available for free download in two electronic versions: PDF and BRF. Hard copy versions will also be produced and sold by the American Printing House for the Blind.
To access the Music Braille Code in a PDF file, go to http://www.brailleauthority.org/music/Music_Braille_Code_2015.pdf
To access the Music braille Code in a BRF file, go to http://www.brailleauthority.org/music/music.html
BANA approved the new Guidance for Transcription Using the Nemeth Code within UEB Contexts June 2016. This new guidance will replace the “Nemeth-UEB Provision Guidance” issued earlier by BANA regarding the method of switching between the Nemeth Code and Unified English Braille.