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.
Welcome back to the 2017-2018 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 IERC Braille Project, have been busy producing accessible formats to fill orders for these materials that include hard copy 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.
New IERC Staff
The IERC welcomes three new staff members!
Erica Bair recently joined our staff as our Orders and Materials Specialist. Erica is a graduate of the University of Indianapolis and has worked for a number of years overseeing programming with the Boys and Girls Club of Indianapolis. Erica will be responsible for processing your ICAM orders and assisting you as you call into our office.
Beth Slater also recently joined our staff as our Shipping and Receiving Specialist. Beth came to us from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles where she worked as a customer service representative. Beth will be responsible for the receipt and dissemination of ordered specialized educational materials throughout the state.
Nonna Cortez joined out staff last September as a Braille transcriber in our IERC Braille Project. Nonna has spent many years in education and working with children. Nonna will be responsible for transcribing and producing instructional materials in braille to fulfill orders from the LEAs.
VI Teacher Address List for 2017-2018VI Teacher Address List for 2017-2018 The IERC will compile an updated teacher address list for the 2017-2018 school year to 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 Unified English Braille Code
The IERC continues to rollout braille materials in UEB per the Indiana State Implementation Plan. This marks year five of our six year plan! All original orders for instructional materials have or are currently being transcribed 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
Please do not forget to account for all materials you are receiving from the IERC. Receipt for instructional materials ordered on the ICAM and shipped from the IERC is a quick and easy online process. A packing slip will be enclosed in each shipment for braille, large print and aids and equipment. Upon receipt, log in to the ICAM web ordering system and confirm delivery of each shipment. This will automatically update our system to document receipt and timely access.
Please make note of this new process and again, 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.
Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST
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
Upcoming BLV Trainings
VIISA Training Course
November 12-15, 2017
March 18-21, 2018
The VIISA (Vision Impaired Inservice in America) Project will provide inservice training to early intervention and early childhood personnel serving young children, ages birth to five, with blindness and visual impairments. Participants will become familiar with intervention strategies and materials appropriate for use with this population of children in all areas of development and programming. This course will combine onsite sessions with home-study assignments where participants apply what they learn with actual children on their current caseloads with vision loss. Participants are provided with written feedback from the instructor. A certificate of attendance will be awarded and college credits can be purchased from Utah State University.
Presenter: Bess Dennison
Contact PASS Project 800-622-3035
Nemeth: An Independent Study Course
The purpose of this thirteen week independent study course is to train educators of students who are blind or have low vision to become proficient in the use and transcription of Nemeth Code in the UEB context.
Contact PASS Project 800-622-3035
A new free iOS app called Seeing AI, developed by Microsoft, has been released to the Apple App Store. The app harnesses the power of artificial intelligence to open up the visual world and describe nearby people, text and objects. The app uses artificial intelligence and the camera on your iPhone to perform a number of useful functions: reading documents, identifying a product based on its barcode, recognizing people based on their face, providing a description, and recognizing images within other apps.
Breakthrough Price! Available for Order Soon: Orbit Reader 20. New refreshable braille technology in the Orbit Reader 20™ will make it possible for APH to offer this high-quality, feature-rich unit for the incredible price of $449 plus shipping! Developed by APH, Orbit Research, and the Transforming Braille Group, the Orbit Reader 20 stands alone or connects to a computer or mobile device. Watch the APH News and APH social media for upcoming information about ordering!
HIMS Inc. has announced the release of BrailleSense Polaris, the first virtual braille tablet for the blind. Polaris is the latest in the popular BrailleSense Notetaker family and features state-of-the-art hardware and software including Androids’s Lollipop operating system and the Polaris Office Suite found on millions of Smart Phones worldwide. Polaris integrates a touch-sensitive Braille display with Miracast connectivity to the mainstream computer or tablet of choice. It weighs less than 2 pounds and has access to mainstream applications and Google Services such as Docs, Drive, Slides, Sheets and Classroom.HIMS Inc. has announced the release of BrailleSense Polaris, the first virtual braille tablet for the blind. Polaris is the latest in the popular BrailleSense Notetaker family and features state-of-the-art hardware and software including Androids’s Lollipop operating system and the Polaris Office Suite found on millions of Smart Phones worldwide. Polaris integrates a touch-sensitive Braille display with Miracast connectivity to the mainstream computer or tablet of choice. It weighs less than 2 pounds and has access to mainstream applications and Google Services such as Docs, Drive, Slides, Sheets and Classroom.
The ElBraille, developed by Elita Group and available from Freedom Scientific, is a portable braille computer designed for users who are blind or deaf-blind. The ElBraille-14 and ElBraille-40 combine the power of a modern mainstream computer running Windows 10 operating system with JAWS 18 and a braille display with a full braille keyboard.
Bookshare is now offering their books in an ePub format. Users can now download and read books on both MacOS and iOS. For more information, visit Bookshare’s website.
Enabling Technologies announced a new partnership with Humanware. Humanware is now the exclusive distributor in North America for all of Enabling Technologies Braille products. Enabling Technologies is known for the Romeo and Juliet embossers as well as the Braille BookMaker, Braille Express 150 and BraillePlace. Enabling recently updated their embosser line with new models that include the Romeo 60, a single sided embosser, the Juliet 120, a double sided (interpoint) embosser, and the Phoenix, a multi-function Braille and Tactile Graphics System. For more information about the Enabling Technologies line of Braille embossers, or any other Humanware products, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1-800-722-3393.
The APH NIMAC website has been redesigned for ease of use.
Humanware’s BrailleNote Touch combines the accessibility of a note taker with the efficiency of a modern smartphone or tablet. The BrailleNote Touch is the first certified braille tablet providing Google Play Store access. The BrailleTouch allows the user to use Google Drive and Docs, read PDF files, use KeyWord for daily writing tasks, download and read books in braille, send and received emails through KeyMail, web browsing with KeyWeb web browser, use Google Playstore to download and use apps.
The web-based Tutorial for the Nemeth Braille Code for Mathematics and Science Notation (Nemeth Code) is available, at no charge, to anyone who has access to the Internet, from a Windows or Macintosh platform (including on devices such as the iPad, iPhone, and Android-based cellular phones), using any assistive technology software or hardware (including any screen reader or magnification program and any keyboard, including electronic refreshable braille devices.) It resides on the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) website and was developed in partnership with APH and funding through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
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. .
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. Hard copy 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
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.