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.

  • Welcome back to the 2016-2017 school year!  We hope you and your students have had a great start to the school year.  The IERC staff has had a very busy summer processing and shipping orders received via the ICAM.  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 in any way we can.

    The Miami Accessible Media Project (MAMP) and the Braille Project at the IERC, have been busy producing accessible formats to fill orders for these materials.  Hard copy braille (literary and Nemeth) and large print textbooks, as well as accessible formats that include electronic brf, ePub and HTML files to be used on technology devices. We appreciate the hard work of both these shops as they produce needed educational materials for our students.

    VI Teacher Address List for 2016-2017

    The IERC is compiling an updated teacher address list for the 2016-2017 school year that will include all teachers who currently work with students who are blind or have low vision in Indiana.  The updated list will be disseminated to teachers working with blind or low vision students later in the fall.

    Unified English Braille Code

    The IERC continues to rollout braille materials in UEB per the Indiana State Implementation Plan.  Our transcribers have received certification in UEB and are transcribing all original orders for instructional materials in the new braille code. To read more about the state plan and state UEB updates and initiatives, please visit the IERC UEB web page.

    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.

    To read more about the UEB, please visit the Braille Authority of North America (BANA) website.

    Packing List Process is now Online!

    Receipt for instructional materials ordered on the ICAM and shipped from the IERC is now a quick and easy online process.  As in past years, a packing slip will still be enclosed in each shipment for braille, large print and aids and equipment, but you will no longer be required to sign a copy and return to the IERC.  Instead, you will be instructed to log in to the ICAM web ordering system and confirm delivery of each shipment.

    Please make note of this new process and 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 webpage.


    Orders for IERC materials

    Please submit orders for braille, large print, or digital materials that you will be needing for the remainder of the school year as soon as possible to allow the IERC enough lead time for production, ordering and processing.  It is the goal of the IERC to provide needed Braille, large print and digital educational materials to our eligible students who are blind or low vision in a timely manner.  Please be reminded that it takes a minimum of three months to transcribe a Braille book (depending on the subject area and grade level) and 6 to 8 weeks to produce large print or accessible digital format. 

    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.”

    Reviewing the Status of Your Orders

    Please review any Braille, large print and equipment orders placed through the ICAM. There are 2 links under Review Orders to take a look: Review Orders and Spec. Request History.  To review each line of the order, please click on Review.

    Under the Review Orders you may see one of the following statuses:  Cancelled, Shipped, Waiting to Ship, Pending DRM Approval, Pend Approval, and Approved IMC.  Approval from the DRM of teacher placed orders is required prior to the Pend Approval from the IERC. The status of Approved IMC means we ordered a copy and are waiting for it to arrive to fill your order.

    Under Spec. Request History you may find the following statuses: Processed, Pending DRM Approval, Not Processed, Waiting DRM Response and Inkprint Request.  Again the DRM must approve any teacher placed orders prior to the IERC processing your orders.  Ink print requests will require copies for production of Braille or large print.

    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 Assistance?

    If you need additional assistance or information, do not hesitate to contact the IERC staff at 800-833-2198 or via 
    email. Please contact Martha LaBounty directly for Order assistance, Student Registration and Special Request assistance. Please visit the IERC web page for additional information about the IERC’s policies and procedures and select IERC from the Home menu. 


    Questions regarding digital materials should be directed to the ICAM office staff by calling 1-800-795-9271.

    Need a User Name and/or Password?

    Please contact the ICAM office directly if you need a user name or password by calling 1-800-795-9271 or emailing Martha Hammond at the ICAM office.

    Need to Add or Remove a DRM?

    Visit the ICAM DRM registration web page to add or remove a DRM. 
  • 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: Telephone: (317) 554-2740
    Toll-free: (800) 833-2198
    Fax: (317) 475-9181
    Voice Mail:(317) 253-1481, ext. 195

    eMail:

    Leslie Durst, IERC Director
    Betsy Scott, IERC Braille Project Manager
    Martha LaBounty, IERC Librarian
    Robert Eutz, Director, Miami Accessible Media Project
  • Upcoming BLV Trainings



    Other Events…

    Nemeth Code Course
    January 16-April 14, 2017
    A free 13-week supported independent study course on the Nemeth Code
    For Indiana teachers who work with students who utilize braille
    To register, visit:
    http://bit.ly/2dIO71c. Registration Deadline: December 19, 2016.
    Contact Robin Thoma, PASS Project, for more information
    Robin.Thoma@indstate.edu

    Braille Challenge
    Saturday, February 11, 2017
    Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
    Contact: Toni Hughes, Outreach Director
    Email: thughes@isbvik.org 

    Phone: 317-253-1481 x221
    Web: https://sites.google.com/site/isbvik12/outreach/training-resources

  • Digital Tactile Graphic Interactive Display

    The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) has announced “Graphiti”, an interactive digital tactile graphic display developed by Orbit Research for APH.  It was developed in conjunction with the Transforming Braille Project.  Graphiti allows students and adults to access a wide variety of on-screen graphics by touch depicted by means of an array of variable-height pins.  For more information, visit the APH website.

    Music Braille Code

    BANA is pleased to announce the publication of the new Music Braille Code, 2015. This completely revised publication is available for free download in two electronic versions: PDF and BRF. Hardcopy versions will also be produced and sold by the American Printing House for the Blind.

    To access the Music Braille Code in a PDF file, go to http://www.brailleauthority.org/music/Music_Braille_Code_2015.pdf.

    To access the Music braille Code in a BRF file, go to http://www.brailleauthority.org/music/music.html.
     

    Guidance for Transcription Using the Nemeth Code within UEB Contexts

    BANA approved the new Guidance for Transcription Using the Nemeth Code within UEB Contexts June 2016.  This new guidance will replace the “Nemeth-UEB Provision Guidance” issued earlier by BANA regarding the method of switching between the Nemeth Code and Unified English Braille.

    Ballyland Magic App

    The Ballyland Magic app is an educational and fun iPad game specifically designed for children who are blind or have low vision, to learn and practice a number of touch gestures for VoiceOver, Apple’s built-in screen reader. It is available from iTunes for $2.99. To access this information, go to http://www.pathstoliteracy.org/technology/ballyland-magic-app.

    Apple Previews New Accessibility Features 
    Apple recently previewed some of the new accessibility features coming to its iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS platforms later this year. With that said, below is what Apple has announced will be coming for users of accessibility features:
    • iOS 10
    • VoiceOver will include a pronunciation editor, allowing users to customize how the speech synthesizer says particular words.
    • VoiceOver will gain the option to send audio to multiple sources.
    • A new Magnifier feature will allow one to magnify objects using the camera on your iPhone or iPad.
    • A number of new color filters will be available to assist users with color blindness and other vision challenges.
    • Speak Screen and Speak Selection will gain the ability to highlight sentences along with words.
    • Users of Switch Control will be able to control other connected devices from an iPhone or iPad.
    • Software TTY will allow users who are deaf or hard of hearing to place and receive TTY calls without the need for traditional hardware.
    To read the article and individual links to additional information, go to http://www.applevis.com/.

    APH has worked with Orbit Research to produce the Orbit Reader 2.0, a 20 cell portable, refreshable braille device.  APH anticipates the availability of the new Orbit Reader 2.0 in late 2016.  For more information, visit http://www.aph.org/orbit-reader-20/.

    The Hadley School for the Blind is now the Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired.  To learn more about Hadley and check out their new website, visit http://www.hadley.edu/.

    Humanware has announced the BrailleNote Touch, an 18 or 32 braille cell note taker, that combines the benefits of KeySoft, and the accessibility of a note taker with the power and efficiency of a modern smartphone or tablet.  It is the first certified braille tablet providing Play Store access and supports Google Play store for accessible third party apps.  It supports braille translation in contracted or uncontracted braille, including UEB and multiple languages.  TouchBraille allows the user to type braille on a touchscreen, while also providing a smart keyboard cover to allow for 6-key access. Cost: $5495.00.  For more information, visit www.humanware.com; phone: 1-800-722-3393; or email: info@humanware.com.

    The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) has announced the release of "JAWS and MAGic Software Student Edition" for K-12 students.  These special JAWS and MAGic software subscriptions will be sold exclusively by APH and will allow students to install full versions of JAWS and/ or MAGis on ANY computer the access (up to three machines).  This will allow students to have 24 hour, 365 days-a-year access to their computers at both school and home!  Visit the APH website for more detail on these annual subscriptions and how to order them on Quota or contract APH's customer service department at 1-800-223-1839. 

    Paths to Technology-- A new assistive technology website, Paths to Technology, has been launched by Perkins eLearning. The website will help teachers, parents, and students understand and use the best new technology. 

    'iOS in the Classroom: A Guide for Teaching Students with Visual Impairments, iOS 9 Edition'
    by Larry L. Lewis, Jr. 

    This organized, illustrated, and easy-to-read guide explores the extensive accessibility options available in iOS, where to find them, and how to configure them. 

    'iOS in the Classroom' was created with the goal of allowing students with visual impairments to use an iPad to complete the same classroom activities as their sighted peers.  

    The book discusses a variety of tasks and features that promote both efficiency and independence.  

    Available now in paperback ($29.95), online ($17.95), e-book (ePub format) ($20.95), or e-book (Kindle format) ($20.95) from www.afb.org/store/

    Send To Braille is a free tool to create a quick and dirty braille file from the American Printing House for the Blind.  It  adds a shortcut to your Send To folder, so you can point at a file, right click and pick Braille. It creates a braille version of the file with minimal formatting in the same folder with .brl appended to the end of the original file's name.  It keeps the original extension to help you see the original file's source, so if you translate test.doc, you end up with test.doc.brl.

    Send To Braille Shortcut produces "quick and dirty" braille.  It is a translation only, much like you get from screen reader output.  It is not formatted in any way except to try to preserve paragraphs.  Headings and list items are generally on their own lines, but exact results depend on the original file.  Pandoc converts the file into plain text before sending it to the Liblouis translator.  

    Correct braille transcription depends on a human to make several decisions and provide additional value to titles that are not generally accessible in some way.  Some documents, however, may have enough information without the additional attention to justify a quick and dirty translation.  Instructions are available for Installation, How to Use, How it Works, and Customization Tables.

    To read more and access the instructions, go to http://tech.aph.org/lt/

    F123 Access is software which reformats website pages so that the pages are more accessible to blind people.  F123 Access is a web-browser "extension" which is installed in your Mozilla Firefox or (soon) Google Chrome browser.  F123 Access improves the formatting of pages for those with a visual impairment who use screen-reader software. 

    "F123 Access is compatible with a wide variety of screen-readers, including JAWS, NVDA, Orca, VoiceOver, and Window Eyes.  The current version is designed for use with the Mozilla Firefox browser although we will be releasing a Google Chrome version soon.  F123 Access contains a library of "scripts" which are applied to web-pages as they are received by your browser from a web-site.  These scripts inspect the page for flaws which hinder accessibility, and then do their best to correct those flaws.  At the moment we have three custom sets of scripts for each of these popular sites: Facebook, Web WhatsApp, and YouTube.  In addition we have a set of "auto" scripts which attempt to make fixes to images, links, navigation, forms, etc. as they are found on any web-site.  F123 Access's default way of operating in the browser does not transmit any information to our servers about what web-pages you look at.  An exception is if you allow F123 Access to ask our servers about the availability of any special data for a specific web-site which is not contained in the default scripts you downloaded for use with the software.  Another exceptions is if you want to request that our development team take a look at a particular issue on a wev-site which you think is a problem worthy of attention. 

    F123 Access is available with an interface in Portuguese, Spanish, and English--and partly in Italian.  We will add more languages if enough people will benefit, but we do need to find effort with our limited resources." 

    To read more and access the download app, go to http://f123access.com/what-is-f123-access/.

    "Huge Cheat Sheet That Tells You Everything You Can Do with Google Now Voice Commands" article can be found at http://bgr.com/2016/04/01google-now-ok-google-commands/

    Question about the accessibility of a Google product?  Email accessible@googlegroups.com

    Check out "Blindfold Games: iOs Games for the Visually Impaired" at http://blindfoldgames.com.
     
    Read a summary of the numerous accessibility features built into Facebook for users of different screen readers:
    http://www.afb.org/living-with-vision-loss/using-technology/using-social-media-with-a-visual-impairment-or-blindness-facebook-twitter-and-linkedin/accessibility-and-facebook/1235

    Glasses That Make a Difference: Reading with OrCam http://www.orcam.com/.

    Every Pixar film is now available with Mobile Audio Description from Disney using the Disney Movies Anywhere app.  Visit the iTunes store at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/disney-movies-anywhere-watch/id76689492?mt=8.

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