IERC (Indiana Educational Resource Center)

Student using a Braille Notetaker

Student using a Braille Notetaker

Student reading a braille book

Student reading a braille book

Student using a Digital Player/Recorder

Student using a Digital Player/Recorder


  • 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.

  • Coming up... the 2019 Registration of Students Who Are Legally Blind, APH Annual Census

    The Annual Student Registration of Legally Blind Students  will be conducted beginning January 7, 2019, the first Monday in January, and will conclude February 15, 2019. The registration will be conducted online via the ICAM web interface. Teachers, working with students who are blind or have low vision, will be completing this process and will receive more information from the IERC in December.

    Parental Consents . Please prepare now for this upcoming Annual Census. Be sure your eye reports for your legally blind students are current and parental consents are on file at the local level in the event of a federal audit. Last year’s 2018 Annual Census was the first year districts were required to have a signed consent on file from parents or guardians allowing school district staff to provide personally identifiable information (PII) (names, birth dates, level of visual functioning, primary language, and primary and secondary reading mediums) to the American Printing House for the Blind (APH).

    Our overall student count sent to APH for the annual census was down last year by 108 students due to the districts unable to either acquire parental consent or parents refusing consent. Of the 767 qualifying students, only 659 consents were on file at the local level. This equated to a $33,000 reduction in available federal quota funding for our students for the upcoming 2018-2019 fiscal year. Nationally, there were 8,217 fewer students registered during the 2018 vs. the 2017 APH annual census as a result of the new requirement for parental consents. We would encourage you to work closely with your families to gather parental consents so we can continue to secure federal quota funding needed to purchase specialized materials from the American Printing House for the Blind for our students.

    UEB News and Updates

    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 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 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 STEM 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.

    The Braille Authority of North America (BANA) continues to post and update information and materials about UEB.

    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.

    Questions regarding the state assessments and accessibility should be directed to Karen Stein, Assessment Program Specialist, at 317-232-0019, email: kstein@doe.in.gov. 

    UEB and NEMETH Math Tutorial

    APH provides a UEB Math Tutorial and a Nemeth Math Tutorial, free-of-charge. The UEB Math Tutorial contains over fifty lessons broken up into 10 chapters that cover the rules of UEB Mathematics. This web-based program runs on any modern computer platform, works well with refreshable braille displays. Each lesson contains four sections: explanation; reading exercises; writing exercises; and proofreading exercises. The Nemeth Tutorial teaches students and teachers how to use the Nemeth code from introductory topics to advanced topics in Mathematics.

    UEB Braille Instructional Programs coming soon!

    APH will be releasing a new Building on Patterns series at the end of 2018. Building on Patterns: Pre-Kindergarten series will provide braille exposure for children, ages 3-5 under the guidance of a trained teacher of the visually impaired. The IERC will release more information regarding this program when it is announced by APH and available for loan via the ICAM.

    The following UEB braille Student Instruction Programs are available for loan from the IERC.

    Unified English Braille (UEB) Practice Sentences: Reading and Writing Exercises to Promote Speed and Accuracy
    Braille Too: The Next Generation
    Building On Patterns
    Mangold Braille Program, Basic Braille 
    Mangold Nemeth Code Number Recognition Program Kit
    Mangold UEB Number Recognition Program Kit 

    Save the Date! 

    2019 Braille Challenge, Willy Wonka and the Braille Factory
    2019 Cane Quest
  • Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST

    Mail:
    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

    eMail:
    IERCEmail@isbvik12.org
  • Upcoming BLV Trainings

    Creating and Producing Braille Tactile Graphics for the Classroom will be a workshop presented by Betsy Scott from the IERC and Brian Goemmer from Lab Computers
    November 28, 2018
    Access to Education 2018 Conference, 10:15 am – 11:15 am
    Crowne Plaza at Historic Union Station, Indianapolis, IN

    The workshop will explore the key elements of a quality tactile graphic. Participants will learn tips and techniques on how to evaluate a print image commonly found in textbooks to determine best design, layouts, braille labeling, adjustments and common mistakes to avoid when creating a meaningful and readable tactile graphic. Various production methods will be reviewed including the use of tactile graphic embossers. 

    Literacy for ALL
    April 12, 2019
    PASS Project
    Embassy Suites by Hilton Plainfield, Plainfield, IN 8:30 am – 4:00 pm  
    Registration questions: please contact Roxanne Toner at (812) 237-2830 or email Roxanne.Toner@indstate.edu

    Making Science Accessible for Students with Visual Impairments
    May 13, 2019
    PASS Project
    Embassy Suites by Hilton Plainfield, Plainfield, IN 8:00 am – 3:30 pm  
    Registration questions: please contact Roxanne Toner at (812) 237-2830 or email Roxanne.Toner@indstate.edu

    Assessments of Young Children (AYC)
    May 13-24, 2019
    An assessment window for children who are blind or have visual impairments, ages 2 -3 
    Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Indianapolis, IN
    Contact ISBVI Outreach and Related Services, P: 317-253-1481, ext. 189

    UEB: A Supported Independent Study Course
    June 3-September 6, 2019 
    PASS Project
    Registration questions: please contact Roxanne Toner at (812) 237-2830 or email Roxanne.Toner@indstate.edu 

    Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Camp
    June 17-21, 2019
    Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Indianapolis, IN
    Ages 9-15. Contact ISBVI Outreach and Related Services, P: 317-253-1481, ext 189

    The 3 C’s of the Digital Workflow: Capture, Convert, Cloud! and Technology for Active Learning and Students with Multiple Disabilities
    July 12, 2019
    PASS Project
    Embassy Suites by Hilton Plainfield, Plainfield, IN 8:00 am – 3:30 pm  
    Registration questions: please contact Roxanne Toner at (812) 237-2830 or email Roxanne.Toner@indstate.edu

  • 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 info@aph.org; 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 sbush@aph.org or 502-899-2306.

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