About the Project

Our Mission:

Our mission is to assist Indiana’s local educational agencies meet their obligation under IDEIA 2004 to ensure that a free appropriate public education (FAPE) is available to children with disabilities and to enable them to participate in the general curriculum consistent with their Individual Educational Plan (IEP).

Project Overview:

In October 2006, the Indiana Department of Education, Department of Special Education, established a grant to fund the Indiana Center for Accessible Materials (ICAM) Project with the mandate to provide a state repository to coordinate with the National Instructional Materials Center (NIMAC) for obtaining accessible textbooks and core instructional materials, in the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS), for use by students with print disabilities. 

The NIMAC, in Louisville, Kentucky, will receive and catalog publishers' electronic files of print instructional materials in a standard format: the NIMAS. The center will provide these standardized files to those who have been authorized by states to obtain the files to produce textbooks and other core print instructional materials for blind, visually impaired and print disabled students.

The Central Indiana Education Service Center (CIESC) PATINS Project, has been appointed by the Indiana Department of Education, to serve as the oversight agency for the ICAM operations and as the authorized agency for coordinating with the NIMAC for the state and its local educational agencies.

ICAM services are available to Indiana educational agencies at no cost, and the staff will work to assist Indiana’s educational agencies in building their capacity to provide access to print instructional materials in specialized formats for the student who has been determined as having a print disability.

ICAM Services to Local Education Agencies:

  • Serve as a state repository for textbooks and core curriculum instructional material in specialized formats and tangibles for K – 12 students with qualifying print disabilities.
  • Provide requested accessible formats of textbooks and core curriculum instructional materials to local educational agencies in a timely manner.
  • Provide a tracking system.
  • Assure protection of copyrighted material.
  • Report data on ICAM requests filled from local educational agencies to the Indiana Accessible Materials Coordinating Council.
  • Provide training and technical assistance to local educational agencies on accessible technology tools and the use of accessible content in curriculum delivery.