The Kentucky Instructional Materials Resource Center (KIMRC) provides textbooks in braille and large print and other educational materials needed by students who are blind and visually impaired for use in local school programs. The resource center also conducts an annual registration of students who are blind and visually impaired in Kentucky .
Two programs are administered by KIMRC. The state textbook program for children with impaired vision who are attending public school (grades K-12) provides funding for textbooks. The federal quota program provides supplies, textbooks, and other material for students (preschool through less than college level) who are legally blind attending a public or private, nonprofit school. Blind infants are eligible from birth if enrolled in an early intervention program. All orders for materials must be sent to the KIMRC.
Material provided to students who are blind and visually impaired are the property of the KIMRC and should be returned when no longer needed. These materials are then assigned to another student when requested.
Here are some resources that you may find useful for students who are blind and visually impaired and/or their teachers and service providers:
American Printing House for the Blind (APH) This is the largest printing house for the blind in the world. They produce instructional and lifestyle materials for individuals who are blind and visually impaired and textbooks in accessible formats. In addition, they have numerous resources to benefit students and teachers.
Common Core State Standards Web Pages These pages contain a list of APH products aligned with CCSS mathematics and other resources.
Guide to Visual Disabilities: How Colleges Help Visually Impaired Students Succeed This guide explores how visual impairments impact the educational experience, what colleges are doing for the visually impaired, and includes numerous resources, as well insight and tips from experts and a list of scholarships and grants.
Learning Ally This organization provides support for individuals with dyslexia and print disabilities.
Bookshare This is an accessible on-line library for individuals with print disabilities
KSBCF Programs This page provides a list of programs that are available to Kentucky students and adults with visual impairments through the Kentucky School for the Blind Charitable Foundation.
Transition Services The Kentucky Office for the Blind supports high school students and their families in planning for activities beyond high school such as post secondary training, employment, and independent living.
Blind Services Coalition of Kentucky This is a connection to blindness and low vision services in Kentucky.
Kentucky Deaf-Blind Project This program provides statewide technical assistance an training to persons who have both vision and hearing challenges in combination. Services are offered to persons birth to 22 years of age, their families and service providers.
Kentucky Accessible Materials Database (KAMD) Kentucky requires that any publisher of a textbook adopted for use in K-12 public schools provide those textbooks in an accessible electronic format in order to assist schools in meeting their obligation to provide equal access to the general curriculum for students with disabilities. The Kentucky Accessible Materials Database (KAMD) was established to facilitate the timely delivery of these accessible digital textbooks to schools. The KAMD is managed by the University of Louisville’s School Research Partnership.