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.
Federal Quota Annual Census
The IERC is 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. The Census portal opened on January 2, 2017, the second Monday in January and will close on February 15, 2017. Thanks to all of our designees for logging onto the ICAM to update and add student data for the APH Annual Census. The IERC staff is compiling 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 be submitting the information to the American Printing House for the Blind by March 15, 2016. Students registered during this process will generate federal quota funds for the IERC to use to purchase instructional materials effective October 1, 2017.
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 – Order NOW for next year!
Please submit book orders for braille and large print textbooks and specialized aids and equipment for next school year. As we continue our transition over to the UEB, our priority will be on the transcription of instructional materials that have not been previously transcribed into UEB. There are limited transcribers who are producing UEB at this time, so the sooner we can process orders the better. 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.
Course Syllabi for Original Braille Transcriptions. 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.
Annual Inventory - Coming up soon!
As in past years, the IERC will be requiring school corporations to report and account for all materials ordered and currently on loan and in use. BLV teachers/DRMS can renew and reassign borrowed materials online via the ICAM web renewal and reassign function. Users can login and see all the materials they have borrowed and then renew for the same student for another school year or reassign to another student for the next school year. For items that you will be returning please review Return of Educational Materials and Equipment.
The following items cannot be renewed, but must be returned at the end of the school year. These include professional library books, the VisioBook and the Perkins SmartBrailler. Please be sure to account for all contents in the original shipment when returning, i.e. cords, manuals, etc. These items may be requested again for the following year via the ICAM. We do require that these items are shipped back using UPS, FedEx or USPS, and insured for their replacement value (excluding professional library books).
Need a User Name and/or Password?
Please contact the ICAM office directly if you need a user name or password by calling 800-795-9271 or emailing Martha Hammond at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
Leslie Durst, IERC Director
Betsy Scott, IERC Braille Project Manager
Martha LaBounty, IERC Librarian
Robert Eutz, Director, Miami Accessible Media Project
Upcoming BLV Trainings
Psycho-Educational Assessments of Students who are Blind/Low Vision, Deaf-Blind, or Bilingual with Vision Loss
April 20, 2017
Contact: Robin Thoma
APH’s Tactile Graphic Image Library (TGIL) Webinar
April 26, 2017
Contact: Robin Thoma
Web: www.passprojectisu.orgInfusing Technology and Manipulatives with Math and Science Education for Students with Visual Impairments
May 9, 2017
Contact: Robin Thoma
Nemeth Code Review 1: Basics Workshop
September 12, 2017
Contact: Robin Thoma
Nemeth Code Review 2: Advanced Workshop
October 26, 2017
Contact: Robin Thoma
Web: www.passprojectisu.orgIndiana Vision Conference
November 9, 2017
Contact: Robin Thoma
STEP (Student Training and Employment Program)
June 18-July 21, 2017
Contact: Judy ReynoldsP: 317-253-1481 x307
ISBVI Expanding Your Horizons Summer Day Camp
June 19-23, 2017
Contact: Tiffany Sanders
P: 317-253-1481 x105
ISBVI Summer Enrichment 2017
July 10-21, 2017
Contact: Jay Wilson
P: 317-253-1481 x140
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.
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: email@example.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."Read a summary of the numerous accessibility features built into Facebook for users of different screen readers:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out "Blindfold Games: iOs Games for the Visually Impaired" at http://blindfoldgames.com.
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.