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State Instructional Materials Resources

These state instructional materials resources are provided to include information on statutes and policies, special education responsibilities, and more.

Instructional Resource Centers for the Blind and Visually Impaired
A current list of state centers is available from the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB). "Instructional Resource Centers for the Blind and Visually Impaired (IRCBVI) are nonprofit organizations or governmental agencies that have a primary mission to provide specialized services relating to training, education, or adaptive reading or information access needs of blind or other persons with disabilities in local school districts or special school settings. Additional services are often included. These Centers and their respective representatives are considered authorized entities by the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) for the production and delivery of textbooks and instructional materials to students who are blind or have low vision." (from the web site).

State Textbook Adoption Policies

State Textbook Adoption
In 2013, the Education Commission of the States (ECS) compiled a comprehensive overview of state and territory policies regarding textbook adoption. This includes information about whether each state or territory has state-level textbook adoption or local education agency-level adoption, and whether that state or territory has a free textbooks provision.

State Textbook Adoption Resources and Organizations

Instructional Materials Adoption
From the Association of American Publishers’ School Division, their instructional materials adoption page gives an overview of state and local adoptions and provides resources.

State Instructional Materials Review Association (SIMRA)
SIMRA provides information regarding state textbook adoption, presentations and conferences for and about textbook administration.

Additional Resources

State-level resources may be helpful in identifying local organizations and companies that can support content development.

State Assistive Technology Act Programs
This listing of state assistive technology programs is hosted by the Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP) and includes a complete listing in Excel format available for download as well as a state-by-state (and territory) list in HTML.

American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

Non-profit organization that expands possibilities for people with visual impairments.

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Instructional Resource Centers for the Blind and Visually Impaired (IRCBVI)

Support provision of specialized services for blind or other persons with disabilities in local school districts or special school settings.

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Authorized Entity

Non-profit organization or governmental agency with primary mission to provide specialized services to blind or other persons with disabilities.

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American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

Largest non-profit organization creating products and services for people who are visually impaired.

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Local Education Agency (LEA)

Agency legally authorized to provide administrative control or direction of publically funded schools.

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Association of American Publishers (AAP)

Largest trade association of publishing companies in the United States.

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Technology

Equipment or system where principal function is creation, conversion, duplication, control, display, interchange, transmission, reception, or broadcast of data.

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