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 2018-2019 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 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 in any way we can.
BLV Teacher Directory for 2018-2019
The IERC has begun compiling an updated teacher address list for the 2018-2019 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.
VISIONS in Indiana Newsletter
The IERC will no longer be compiling the VISIONS in Indiana newsletter. Any new updates will be placed on the IERC web page. Please visit the website ongoing to keep up to date on news and information.
Unified English Braille Code
Indiana has actively been working on the transition to UEB from the EBAE since the vote to adopt the new code in 2012, with a six-year plan developed by shared stakeholders in 2013. This coming school year marks the sixth and final year of our state’s plan, with a complete UEB transition for all grade levels projected for June of 2019. As of the coming 2018-2019 school year, all new requests for school-age instructional materials will be produced in UEB and/or Nemeth Code within UEB Contexts, and all students who read braille will be expected to access materials in UEB. The IDOE will provide state assessments in UEB and/or Nemeth Code within UEB Contexts only for all grade levels as of the Spring of 2019.
Each LEA, per the state timeline, has been responsible for developing a plan for the transition to UEB at the local level to meet the 2018-2019 school year implementation target date. As UEB is one code for literary, mathematics, and computer science text elements, and the use of the Nemeth Code for Mathematics and Science Notation will continue, a process has been established for the case conference committee to determine and document in the IEP, if UEB or Nemeth Code within UEB Contexts better meets the math instructional needs of the student.
The transition to UEB has been comprehensive and strategic, covering student instruction, transcription, teacher training, and assessment. We know we may face UEB implementation challenges, as with any new braille code, in the coming years but we look forward to solving those issues in the best interest of our students who are blind and use braille as their literacy mode.
Year Six of Implementation Plan
- Complete UEB transition. 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.
- 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 visit 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.
Unified English Braille (UEB) Practice sentences: Reading & Writing Exercises to Promote Speed and Accuracy
Provides comprehensive practice sentences for each braille contraction, set up in a sequential, easy-to-learn format. All UEB contractions are included, as well as many of the more commonly used punctuation and symbols. Only preciously taught contractions are used in each sentence. This tool can be used for any aged student who is familiar with the braille alphabet, parents or anyone who would like to learn the braille code. Visit: https://www.actualtactuals.com/
Reviewing the Status of Your Orders
Please review any Braille, large print and equipment orders placed through the ICAM. 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..
Book Orders SY18-19
Please submit book orders for braille and large print textbooks for the school year. Read more...
Equipment and Supplies SY18-19
Please submit orders for specialized aids and equipment for the school year. Read more...
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
Indiana Vision Conference
November 5-6, 2018
Wyndham Indianapolis West, Indianapolis, IN
The Indiana Vision conference is a joint conference sponsored by the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the PASS Project. Contact PASS Project 800-622-3035
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) have partnered to provide services to persons who are blind. Key programs founded by the AFB are now being overseen and managed by the APH moving into the 21st century. These programs include the AFB Press, Family Connect, Career Connect, Vision Aware, Braille Bug and the Information and Referral Line. Read more here. Visit the new APH Connect Center webpage on the APH website.
WayAround is an iOS and Android free Smart app for simple tag-and-scan approach to labeling everyday items using stickers, magnets, buttons, and clips.
Pinterest redesigned its App for persons who are blind. Read story here.
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.