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.

  • The school year is quickly coming to a close! We hope you have fun plans for your summer and enjoy your time off. As the school year begins to wind down, please keep in mind that the IERC will be open Monday-Friday during the summer months from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. should you need to contact us for any reason. We enjoyed working with all of you this year as we provided needed accessible instructional materials for your students.

    Textbook/Equipment Returns and Ordering

    Thanks to all of you who have been returning your materials to the IERC. For your convenience, return Free Matter for the Blind mailing labels can be found on our website. Please be sure to complete the return address as this helps us sort incoming materials that come off the mail truck. We would appreciate you notifying us of any discrepancies in your shipments using the Inventory Return Forms . This would include missing or damaged volumes or missing or damaged parts of returned kits. Equipment that requires repair will need an Equipment Repair Form .

    Be sure to return any Perkins SmartBrailler and MATT Connects per the loan agreement. Any professional publications need to be returned as well.

    Please submit book orders for braille and large print textbooks and specialized aids and equipment for next school year as soon as possible. Our staff will contact ordering districts if print books are needed for braille transcription or for large print production after we review submitted orders from the ICAM system.

    Be sure to send a course syllabus to the IERC for braille orders that require original transcription. Please include the sequence in which the chapters will be taught by the classroom teacher and the dates they will be taught. This will assist the braille transcriber and the IERC staff to disseminate needed instructional content to the student on a timely basis.

    Placing a Special Request

    If you search the ICAM for an item and your results are unsuccessful, you may place a Special Request for that item. To place a special request, log in to the ICAM. On the main page, select Special Request and enter data or after you have searched the ICAM with the APH catalog number, you will have the option to place a “Special Request.”

    IERC Loan Returns

    Information regarding the Annual Inventory Recall/Reallocation process was disseminated to each BLV teacher in April. Please complete this process by the end of the school year. If you need assistance with this process, please call or email Martha LaBounty

    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.

    IERC Shipment Confirmation

    Step-by-step instructions for items being shipped for school year 2019-2020.

    Free Braille Books

    Seedlings Braille Books for Children provides several special projects. New this year is the TVIP Program. Teachers of the Visually Impaired in the U.S. may order four free one-volume braille books. Visit their website to learn more about the TVIP Program and other special programs offered at http://www.seedlings.org/special.php  

    Braille Challenge Winners

    Congratulations to our 2019 Indiana Regional Braille Challenge winners selected to move on to the finals at the National Braille Challenge competition this summer in Los Angeles.

    Mitchell Bridwell, is from Pittsboro, Indiana and attends the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. He will be competing in the Varsity level category. Mitchell has competed at the National competition for the last ten years. In that time, he has placed twice for 3rd place and three times for 1st place.

    Marie Villaneda, is from Richmond, Indiana and attends the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. She will also be competing in the Varsity level category. Marie has qualified to compete at the National competition four times during her career participating in the Braille Challenge.

    Good luck to Mitchell and Marie at the finals this summer!

    ISBVI Summer Programs

    The Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired will host a number of summer programs. Please visit the ISBVI Outreach Events/Registration for more information.

    Need Assistance?
    Contact the IERC staff
    P: 317-554-2740
    Email: iercmail@isbvik12.org 



  • 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

    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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