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.

  • IERC Protocol for COVID-19 Mail Handling and Cleaning 

    Anyone seeking authoritative information about COVID-19 in accessible formats may find useful the resources produced by the Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation (CIDI) at Georgia Tech

    Spring 2022

    Ordering Textbooks for 2022-2023 School Year

    Now is the time to start ordering braille and large print books for next school year!  Getting orders in now helps to ensure your students will have their educational materials on time when school begins next year. Visit our IERC webpage for more information regarding ordering large print and braille instructional materials as well as supplies and equipment on the ICAM for your students who are blind or low vision.

    Please contact our IERC staff if you have any questions regarding the ordering process.  

    IERC Annual Inventory 

    Information regarding the Annual Inventory Recall/Reallocation process will be disseminated to each BLV teacher this spring.  This process will allow us to effectively reuse textbooks and equipment. Please complete the annual inventory process by the end of the school year. If you need assistance or have questions, please call, or email Martha LaBounty at 

    Returning IERC Loan Materials

    All materials not designated for reassign or renewal for the next school year must be returned to the IERC no later than July 1. 

    When shipping textbooks and equipment to the IERC, please use the following guidelines:

    • Indicate a school corporation on the return address, completing the return address helps us sort incoming materials off the mail truck.  
    • Keep volumes of a title in one box if possible.
    • Enclose an  Inventory Return Form indicating what items are in each box. Please identify any discrepancies on the form, i.e., volumes/parts lost, consumed, or damaged. 
    • If returning books in more than one box, please number the outside of the boxes, i.e., Box 1 of 6, along with your name and district.
    • Ship materials via Free Matter for the Blind. For your convenience, return  Free Matter for the Blind mailing labels  are on our website. Please be sure to complete return address.
    • Return through insured and trackable postage APH Perkins SmartBraillers, MATT Connects, and Jupiter Portable Magnifiers per the loan agreement.
    • Return all loaned professional publications.

    As always, thanks for your time and assistance to complete this very important procedure! 

    IERC Shipment Confirmation

    A packing slip will be enclosed in each shipment from the IERC. When you or a designated staff member receives a shipment from the IERC, please log into the ICAM to confirm delivery.

    Need Assistance?

    If you need additional assistance or information, do not hesitate to contact the IERC staff.

    P: 317-554-2740 Email:

    IERC Summer Hours

    Our office will be open from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm Monday-Friday except state holidays.

  • Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST Monday-Friday

    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 and Conferences

    APH Access Academy Webinars

    APH Hive eLearning

    June 6 – September 9, 2022 – Nemeth-An Independent Study Course, PASS Project 

    September 7, 2022 | Developing SMARTER Goals

    October 25-26, 2022 – Indiana Vision Conference

    November 2-3, 2022 PATINS Access to Education

    April 20, 2023 – PATINS Tech Expo

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