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.
Indiana Education Resource Center Brochure
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
Federal Quota Annual Census
The IERC will be conducting the Annual Census for Legally Blind Students and the annual review/edit of all information for students who are blind or have low vision via the ICAM as of January 3, 2022, through February 15, 2022. Appointed designees for the Annual Census will update and add student information during this process. The IERC staff will compile all data for students who function at or meet the definition of legal blindness per the “Act to Promote the Education of the Blind,” and will submit the information, per parental consents, to the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) by March 15, 2022. Students registered during this process will generate federal quota funds for the IERC to use to purchase specialized instructional materials from APH.
For more information about the Federal Quota Annual Census process and parental consents, visit the IERC Federal Quota web page.
Just a reminder...Please continue to register all new students and update existing student’s information as it changes (grade levels, visual acuities, etc.) on the ICAM to keep student information current.
Book Orders SY 2022-2023
It is not too early to submit book orders for braille and large print textbooks and specialized aids and equipment for the upcoming semester and for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year. The earlier orders are submitted, the more time the IERC has to get textbooks and instructional materials into production and transcription.
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. 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.”
Delivery Confirmation Process
Be sure to login to the ICAM as soon as you receive materials from the IERC to confirm your delivery. For more information and step-by-step instructions, visit the IERC web page.
Duplicate Student Error Message on the ICAM
If you have a student who has moved into your system and has already been registered in the ICAM, do not attempt to reregister them. Instead, log into the ICAM and update the student information using the Edit Student function. If you attempt to reregister a student already in the system, you will receive a “Duplicate Student” error message.
Need or forgot your User Name and/or Password?
Please contact the ICAM office directly if you need a user name or password by emailing email@example.com Martha Hammond at the ICAM office.
If you need additional assistance or information, do not hesitate to contact the IERC staff at 800-833-2198 or 317-554-2740 via email. Please visit the IERC web page for additional information about the IERC’s policies and procedures.
Questions regarding digital materials should be directed to Sandy Stabenfeldt, ICAM Digital Services Specialist, 812-297-0282 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information regarding the ICAM staff, visit the ICAMweb page.
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
January 12, 2022 | Everyone Can Code
February 25, 2022 Indiana Regional Braille Challenge, Alice in Wonderland, “We’re All Mad About Braille Here”
February 26, 2022 Indiana Regional Cane Quest, Alice in Wonderland, “The Quest for the Cheshire Cat”
April 13, 2022 | Strategies & Activities for Working with Students with Severe and Profound Disabilities
April 14, 2022 PATINS Tech Expo
September 7, 2022 | Developing SMARTER Goals
April 13, 2022 | Discovering the Joys of Assistive Technology making: A hands-on "AT Makers" Workshop (A training in Partnership with Indiana Deaf-Blind Services)
November 2-3, 2022 PATINS Access to Education