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Interpreter Resources

EIPA Test

Testing dates for the EIPA test have been posted on the TASK12 website.  Interpreters may test at any site.  Early registration is required. Contact for current and future EIPA workshops is Karen Maddox kmaddox@ksde.org.

Recordings of the EIPA Workshops
DVDs of past EIPA workshops are available for loan.  DVDs are loaned out for a 3 week time period.  For a list of available DVDs, or to check out a DVD, contact Victoria Hart vhart@ksde.org.

TIPS Training
Training of Interpreters in Public Schools (TIPS) is an advanced, invitation-only training for interpreters who score a 3.0-3.4 on the EIPA.  For more information, contact LeeAnn, TASK 12 TIPS coordinator, at LeeAnn.Lundgreen@usu.edu or visit http://www.taese.org/cms/index.php/tips.

Announcement regarding transition to RID & KIDA (PDF)
Categorical Aid - Educational Interpreter Prof Dev Plan
Educational Interpreters for the Deaf and Categorical Aid FAQ (PDF)
EIPA Registration; Training and Assessment Systems for K-12 Educational Interpreters (TASK12)
EIPA Workshops 2013-14 (PDF)
Overview of K-12 Educational Interpreting Standard Practice Paper - RID

Blind and Low Vision

Kansas State School for the Blind

"Dear Colleague" letter from OSEP concerning the use of Braille in educating students who are blind or visually impaired.

National Instructional Media Accessibility Standard (NIMAS)
A technical standard utilized by curriculum and other instructional publishers to produce XML source files that are used to present content in a variety of specialized formats, such as braille or audio books.  These specialized formats are used by students who are blind, have low vision, or have a print disability.  To learn more about NIMAS, go to http://aim.cast.org.

The National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC) is the electronic file repository where NIMAS files are converted to printed instructional materials, and made available to authorized users in each state.  Authorized users are responsible fro distributing the accessible formats (e.g., braille, auido books, or large print) to students who meet eligibility criteria defined in IDEA (2004).  To learn more about NIMAC, go to http://www.nimac.us/.

Kansas school districts, special education cooperatives, education service centers, and interlocals will access student ready specialized instructional publications through the Kansas Instructional Resource Center (KIRC).  Additionally, NIMAC student-ready materials may be accessed from Learning Ally or Bookshare.

Kansas Instructional Resource Center (KIRC)

The Kansas Instructional Resource Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired assists, school districts in botaining braille, large print, recorded textbooks, and other educational materials.  The services provided by KIRC are available only to Kansas students.  More information about specialized instructional materials for students who are blind, have a low vision loss, or have a print disability can be found at: http://www.kirc.org/.

InfiniTEXT
InfiniText is a program to provide digital text for qualified K-12 students with print disabilities.  This program is available to the Infinitec Assistive Technology Coalitions and K-12 schools across Kansas.  To learn more about InfiniText go to http://www.infinitec.org/ or http://www.myinfinitec.org/home.

Learning Ally

Learning Ally (formerly Recordings for the Blind & Dyslexic) is a nonprofit, volunteer organization that houses the largest audio textbook library for students with print disabilities.  Visit Learning Ally at http://www.learningally.org/.

Bookshare
Bookshare, www.bookshare.org, is the world's largest online accessible library for individuals with print disabilities, such as blindness, low vision, a physical disability, or a reading disability that makes it difficult or impossible to read standard print.  The library has tens of thousands of books including fiction, non-fiction, textbooks, educational reading, newspapers and magazines, plus free software applications that read digital content.

Early Childhood, Special Education, and Title Services Team

Director
Colleen Riley
criley@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Doug Boline
dboline@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Sandy Guidry
sguidry@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Kerry Haag
khaag@ksde.org

Assistant Director
Jana Rosborough
jrosborough@ksde.org

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