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.
Welcome back to the 2019-2020 school year! We hope you and your students have had a great start to the school year.
The IERC staff has had a very busy summer processing and shipping orders received via the ICAM. The Miami Accessible Media Project (MAMP) and the IERC Braille Project, have also been busy producing accessible formats to fill orders for these materials that include hard copy and large print textbooks, as well as accessible formats that include electronic brf, ePub and HTML files to be used on technology devices. We appreciate the hard work of both these shops as they produce needed educational materials for our students.
If you need assistance with braille, large print, and/or specialized aids and equipment for your students who are blind or have low vision, please do not hesitate to contact our IERC staff. We welcome the opportunity to assist you.
New IERC Staff
We welcome Eric Kindler and Lauren Dresen to the IERC team. Eric manages orders on the ICAM, processes new materials and fields phone calls from the districts. Lauren handles all incoming and outgoing shipments as well as assists the IERC braille transcription department with pre-braille formatting of publisher and Word files.
BLV Teacher Directory for 2019-2020
The IERC has begun compiling an updated teacher address list for the 2019-2020 school year to include all teachers who currently work with students who are blind or have low vision in Indiana. The updated list will be disseminated to teachers working with blind or low vision students later in the fall.
Unified English Braille Code
The six-year transition to UEB from the EBAE is complete. All new requests for school-age instructional materials produced in UEB and/or Nemeth Code within UEB Contexts, and all students who read braille having access to materials in UEB.
UEB is one code for literary, mathematics, and computer science text elements, however, the use of the Nemeth Code for Mathematics and Science Notation will continue. The decision regarding which code better meets the math instructional needs of the student, UEB technical code or Nemeth Code for Mathematics and Science notation within UEB Contexts, must be determined during the case conference committee and documented in the IEP. Please review Indiana Nemeth or UEB: Factors and Considerations for Math Code. The IERC will provide the braille math code for math and science textbooks, based on the individual student math decision.
• UEB transition is complete. All school-age materials will be produced in UEB and/or Nemeth Code within UEB contexts. All students who read braille will be expected to access material produced in UEB.
• Based on availability of UEB, existing materials transcribed in EBAE may continue to be provided for older students proficient in EBAE.
• IDOE provides state assessments in UEB and/or Nemeth Code within UEB Contexts for all grades.
To read more about the state plan and state UEB updates and initiatives, please visit the IERC UEB web page or the Braille Authority of North America (BANA) website.
If you have questions or need additional information about the UEB, please do not hesitate to contact Leslie Durst at 317-554-2740 or 800-833-2198 or via email.
Packing Slip/Delivery Confirmation
Receipt for instructional materials ordered on the ICAM and shipped from the IERC is a quick and easy online process. A packing slip will be enclosed in each shipment for braille, large print and aids and equipment. Upon receipt, log in to the ICAM web ordering system and confirm delivery of each shipment. This will automatically update our system to document receipt and timely access.
For step-by-step instructions
Orders for IERC materials
Please continue to submit orders for braille, large print, or digital materials that you will be needing for the current school year to allow the IERC enough lead time for production, ordering and processing. It is the goal of the IERC to provide needed braille, large print and digital educational materials to our eligible students who are blind or low vision in a timely manner. Please be reminded that it takes a minimum of three months to transcribe a braille book (depending on the subject area and grade level) and 6 to 8 weeks to produce large print or accessible digital format.
Braille or Large Print read more and Specialized Aids and Equipment read more
Reviewing the Status of Your Orders
Duplicate Student Error Message on the ICAM
If you need additional assistance or information, do not hesitate to contact the IERC staff at 800-833-2198 or via email. Please contact Eric Kindler directly for Order assistance or Martha LaBounty for Student Registration and Special Request assistance. The IERC Policies and Procedures are located in the menu on the right.
Questions regarding digital materials should be directed to the ICAM office staff by calling 1-800-795-9271. For more information regarding the ICAM staff, visit the ICAM web page.
Need a User Name and/or Password?
Please contact the ICAM office directly if you need a user name or password by calling 800-795-9271 or email Martha Hammond at the ICAM office.
DRM Student Registration, Ordering Process and Teacher Management
Visit the ICAM web page for newly updated information for DRM’s regarding student registration, ordering process and teacher management.
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
Indiana Vision Conference. October 28-29, 2019 Indianapolis, IN
Just released, Considerations for States Providing Materials in Braille, by NCEO, the National Center on Educational Outcomes, Brief Number 19, October 2019.
The purpose of this brief is to provide information on, and recommendations for, appropriate braille materials for students.
The Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AERBVI) and the Council of Schools for the Blind (COSB) have written The Bill of Rights for All Children with Visual Impairments [ ENG] [ SPAN], a resource for parents, professionals and legislators regarding the basic educational rights of children with visual impairments. This document is provided in English as well as Spanish. For more information about this resource, take a moment to read the document and view the You Tube video from Paul Olsen, President of COSB.
The Braille Institute has announced the release of the iBraille Challenge App. The iBraille App is a free app created to bring braille and digital literacy together. Through the app, using an iPad and a refreshable braille display, students can practice and hone their braille literacy skills anywhere, anytime.
CVi Connect has launched an iPad application for use by families, educators, medical professionals and others in support of children with Cortical Visual Impairment.
The American Printing House for the Blind (APH)’s Braille Blaster, v. 1, is a free braille translation program for braille transcribers, teachers and others who need to produce high-quality braille materials quickly and efficiently. BrailleBlaster takes advantage of the rich markup contained in NIMAS (National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard) files to automate basic formatting and gives the user tools to make advanced tasks quicker and easier. Designed primarily for editing textbooks that meet the specifications published by the Braille Authority of North America, the purpose of BrailleBlaster is to help braille producers ensure that every student has their braille textbooks on the first day of class. Features include: translate braille accurately in UEB or EBAE; format braille; automate line numbered poetry and prose; split books into volumes; add transcriber notes; describe images; automate braille table of contents, glossaries, preliminary pages and special symbols pages; automate a variety of table types; translate and edit single line math.
APH ConnectCenter. The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) has partnered with the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) to become the steward of several key information resources founded by AFB. The APH ConnectCenter resources include: APH ConnectDirect information and referral 800 number at 1-800-232-5463, email email@example.com; Director of Services; FamilyConnect.org; CareerConnect, and VisionAware.org.
The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) has taken stewardship of the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) Press publications. Titles can now be ordered from the APH website at https://www.aph.org/afb-press/. These publications are not available for sale using federal quota funds. For more information regarding any of the publications, contact Sarah Bush at firstname.lastname@example.org or 502-899-2306.