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Interpreter Resources

Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) Test
Questions should be directed to Joan Houghton EdD jhoughton@ksde.org.
Dates and locations for the EIPA are posted on the TASK12 website.  Interpreters may test at any site.  Early registration is required.

EIPA Workshops
EIPA Workshops 2019-20 (PDF).
TASK12 (Training and Assessment Systems for K-12 Educational Interpreters) (external link)

Recordings of past EIPA Workshops
DVDs of past EIPA workshops are available for loan.  DVDs are loaned out for up to 30 calendar days. 
Please complete the KSDE EIPA DVD Library Check Out form (PDF). 

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.

National Association of Interpreters in Education, NAIE (external link)
RID’s Standard Practice Papers (SPPs) (external link)
KCDHH Announcement regarding transition to RID & KIDA (PDF)
Categorical Aid information including- Educational Interpreter Prof Dev Plan (link)

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Resources

Kansas Hearing Screening Guidelines 2014 (PDF)
Kansas School for the Deaf (external link)
Kansas Teachers of the Deaf Master's Degree Project (external link)
The Kansas Teachers of the Deaf Master's Degree project supports the training of educators to receive a Master's degree in Deaf Education. This project will fully fund a person to obtain their endorsement as a teacher of the deaf in the state of Kansas.
KDHE School Health Resources including Hearing and Vision Training (external link)
NASDE Deaf/HH Workshop for Admin (Feb 08) (PDF)
National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), 2018. Optimizing Outcomes for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: Educational Services Guidelines. (external link) Alexandria, VA: NASDSE.

Blind and Low Vision

Kansas State School for the Blind

Hearing and Vision Screening Manuals (external site)
Includes the Kansas Vision Screening Requirements and Guidelines, Kansas tiny-K Vision Screening Record, ABCs of Vision Checklist, Recording Form-EyE Check Screener Flipbook for 3 year olds and 4/5 year olds, Vision Screening Referral and Parent Information Letters and Referral Eye Care Professional Report, School Color Vision Screening Results Letter, Eye Care Professional Referral Follow Up

Kansas Teachers of Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired and Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists Preparation and Mentorship (external link)

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

Unified English Braille Timeline for Implementation in Kansas (PDF) posted by the Kansas Instructional Resource Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

KDHE School Health Resources including Hearing and Vision Training

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://aem.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, audio 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 obtaining 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 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, 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.

Special Education, and Title Services Team

Bert Moore

Assistant Director
Doug Boline

Assistant Director
Kerry Haag

Assistant Director
Laura Jurgensen

Assistant Director
Tate Toedman

Coordinator for State and Federal Programs
Dean Zajic


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Special Education
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Fact Sheets
Kansas Integrated Accountability System (KIAS)
Kansas Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) (external link)
Kansas’ Technical Assistance System Network (TASN) (external link)

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