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
Welcome back to the 2020-2021 school year!
We hope you and your students have had a great start to the school year regardless if you are in-person, virtual or a hybrid approach to instruction.
The IERC staff has had a very busy summer processing, producing, and shipping orders received via the ICAM amid the COVID-19 environment.
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.
BLV Teacher Directory for 2020-2021
A warm welcome to our new BLV’s! We had BLV teachers retire this year, so there are lots of changes and new faces. I know our new teachers will have questions as they get started servicing their students who are blind or have low vision. Please reach out to our IERC staff. We are here to help you!
The IERC has begun updating the teacher address list for the 2020-2021 school year to include all teachers who currently work with students who are blind or have low vision in Indiana. We will be reaching out to the BLV teachers for their current contact information. The 2020-2021 list will be disseminated to teachers working with blind or low vision students later in the fall.
Annual Census and Parental Consents
Just a reminder, as you hold case conferences this fall, please have parents sign the Parental Consent forms for those students who meet or function at the definition of legal blindness. This will allow us to submit the student’s personally identifiable information (PPI) during the Annual Census of Legally Blind Students with the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) this coming January to generate federal quota funding. Please note, that if you already have secured a signed parental consent form for a student, you do not need to complete this process again.
Return of Inventory
Please gather up and return materials from the last school year, no longer being used by students, to the IERC. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, it would be preferable to return materials via mail service so we can follow our mail handling protocol prior to opening boxes. However, for those who prefer to hand deliver returns to the IERC, please call ahead and schedule a time with our staff for your delivery or drop off. We are following mask and social distancing protocol.
Please clean all materials before returning to the IERC. IERC staff will also be performing an additional deep cleaning of materials prior to putting them on our shelves for reuse or recirculating the materials. To view our mail handling protocol, please visit our webpage.
Visit our webpage to print off return Free Matter for the Blind mailing labels if needed. Be sure to complete the return address on the label as this helps us sort incoming materials that come off the mail truck. Notify us of discrepancies (i.e. missing or damaged volumes or missing or damaged parts) in your shipments using the Inventory Return Form .
Thank you assisting us in the effective and efficient reuse of AEM.
The IERC has received an increased volume of new orders as teachers return to the classroom. Materials that are on shelf to fill orders are being shipped out immediately but expect delays on orders that are being ordered from out-of-state vendors or produced/transcribed in large print and braille. Materials are shipping “Free Matter for the Blind.” Please anticipate possible longer ship times with mail services due to COVID-19. The USPS shipments are taking 6-8 weeks, so please order early!
If you have questions about any of your orders, please contact our IERC staff. You can review the status of your orders placed on the ICAM under the Review Orders and Special Request History. For more information on how to review the status of your orders visit the IERC web page.
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.”
Packing List 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.
If you need additional assistance or information, do not hesitate to contact the IERC staff at 1-800-833-2198 or via email. Please visit the IERC policies and procedures for additional information from the menu on the right.
Questions regarding digital materials should be directed to the ICAM staff. For more information regarding the ICAM staff, visit the ICAM web page.
Need or forgot your User Name and/or Password?
Please contact the ICAM office directly if you need a user name or password email Martha Hammond.
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
Mark Your Calendars
The Art of Teaching the ECC w/ Carmen Willings. October 15 – 30, 2020
This prerecorded Webinar will provide suggestions and strategies for teaching the ECC. It includes tips for collaboration, how to know the students’ unique visual needs, instructional techniques and strategies, suggestions for material preparation, and Carmen’s favorite resources.
2020 Indiana Vision Conference. October 26-27, 2020
Due to COVID-19 the 2020 Indiana Vision Conference will be virtual this year. Visit the PASS Project for more information about the upcoming trainings and events.