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The PATINS Project is a state-wide technical assistance network for the provision of assistive/accessible technology for assisting local educational agencies in the utilization and creation of accessible learning environments and instructional materials. As a sole source provider for the IN Dept. of Administration and the IN Dept. of Education, the PATINS Project provides a complete state NIMAS delivery process designed to support the IDOE and LEA's in addressing the statutory and final regulatory requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004.



PATINS offers a free service that loans assistive technology devices, software, resource materials, etc. to school personnel at Indiana local educational agencies. These items are used for the purpose of preview and/or trial periods with students.  Items are loaned for a six week evaluation period.  PATINS cannot guarantee immediate delivery of requested equipment, so it is the school's responsibility to look for other avenues to obtain necessary equipment if it is required by an IEP and not available from PATINS.  Check it out!  NEW! You can now search for iTunes apps!  See all of our purchased apps available by entering apps, iPad, or Apple in the Item Name Field via the link below.
PATINS Lending Library webpage

Upcoming Featured Vendors:

Apr:    Technology for Education
May:   Teachtown & Three Ring
Aug:    SpecTech

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Comment from Angie Schepman
Autism Coordinator/DHH Teacher/Learning Specialist
Seymour Schools

This was my first time using PATINS.  Sandi and staff made this first time experience amazing.  I was highly impressed on how they responded to all of my emails and questions in a timely fashion and assisted me when I needed help.  Wonderful experience!

Comment from Cindy McDonald
Teacher of the Deaf

I attended the 2012 PATINS Conference in which Ms. Sweeny (OnionMountain Press) presented how to utilize Adobe Acrobat Pro. Since then I have implemented using Adobe Reader for a student who has been using a scribe; however, now that we have been able to apply what I learned last year from the conference, the student is independent now and does not have to use a scribe any longer. She is only in second grade, but what a wonderful time to start responding completely on her own, just like everyone else, thanks to Adobe, the presentation offered at the PATINS conference, and my being able to attend! Have questions, contact me and I'd be happy to share!

Comment from Kimberly Kane
Deaf Educator

Thank you so much for the thought and care that you are extending to me for the 2013 PATINS State Conference.  It is so nice to attend a conference offered by professionals who service children with disabilities and who also extend the same thought to adults with disabilities.

Comment from Dave

I REALLY enjoyed your presentation this evening, but especially appreciated your positive energy & attitude!  This really brings a lot of hope to us parents out here...  We have a 14-year old son who has autism.  We've tried many things with some success over the years, but now we're preparing him for public high school in just a few weeks.  I have special interests in Assistive Technology so I'm excited about applying some of the resources you touched on tonight to help shape some sort of program or system of learning, first for my son and then to tell the world what has been most effective.

Comment from Carol Hester
Sunman-Dearborn Schools

Two of the three students (borrowing from PATINS Lending Library) who have used devices from PATINS will have their own iPADS for next year provided by our SPED cooperative because we have been able to show the big role the device can play in impacting their ability to learn.  They have loved having them, and we have loved your support!

Comment from Gail Crowley
Teacher of the Blind and Low Vision
Jennings County and Seymour Community Schools

Thanks SO MUCH for your (Sandi Mahl, SE Regional Site Coordinator) help.  I got together with Chadd Smith, ICAM IT Consultant) yesterday and we're going to be working the next couple of Tuesdays and Thursdays on downloading these books. I'm so glad I went to the Tech Expo and I'm especially glad you had me speak with him. I'm really grateful!

Comment from Michele Gillman
Director Special Education, School City of East Chicago

Jim, we are so excited to have the opportunity to work with you.  These in-services have been a highlight to everyone's day!  Thank you for the time and energy.  I know these are long days for you.  We know you make a difference for these students.  I continue to hear wonderful reports from the sessions, again thanks! : )

Comment from Andrea Hausz, MA,CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

Thank you sooo very much for helping with the ICAM registration, digital book requests, and the download - push to IPAD process. I was successful in getting all 6 of the needed textbooks on my new student's ipad.  I'm exhausted, but I did it!!  You were both so very nice and patient with me, and I really appreciate it!  I feel so empowered.  Have a blessed holiday season and happy Christmas shopping. 

Comment from Carrie Welch

Chaz finished second place in the 4th grade science fair.  He was able to use his iPod to give his presentation, then he answered the questions the judges asked.  He will go to Ball State in February.  They were also allowed to use computers for graph & typing information.  Chaz did his experiment by himself. Justin had to help with pictures and helped Chaz make a graph.  Also Chaz is in the classroom all day. They let him use his iPad in both classrooms. He also shares with a group of students listening to stories.  He is doing awesome & becoming more independent everyday.  I just wanted to share & welcome to use!
Chaz Mom
Carrie Welch
PS Thank you for all your help!!!!

Comment from Jill
Elementary Teacher
Indianapolis Public Schools

The 4 computers donated have been a hit for my kids the past and current year. It makes me so happy to see my kindergarteners using the technology they so desperately need. We've been in school for over 20 days now and already each student has learned how to navigate on and and that's all due to having the technology available so thank you!!! This year I only have 4 out of my 25 students that have a computer at home so being able to 'play' with one at school is huge!!

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PATINS 2014 TECH EXPO Success Story

At The Excel Center, we teach students who have dropped out, failed out, or been kicked out of high school at some point in their past. Our students are working to earn a Core 40 high school diploma and range in age from teenagers to elderly adults. A significant number of our students were in special education in the past and/or have learning or other disabilities. Their needs were, obviously, not adequately met in their past schooling experiences and that resulted in failure for them. I brought students with me to the Tech Expo yesterday to allow them to see options available to them to accommodate their disabilities and to encourage them to try out various programs while the company reps were present to give better demonstrations/explanations of the products than I can give while trialing programs on loan from PATINS and INData. My students, some of whom were in self-contained special education in the 1970s and had no previous exposure to even turning on a computer before beginning at The Excel Center in September, didn't stop talking the whole way home about all the exciting things they learned. 

I attended the Premier Literacy Workshop Wizard presentation with my 17-year-old student with SEVERE dyslexia (he can not functionally read or write, despite being very intelligent) and I wanted to share with you... In the middle of the presentation, the student turned and looked at me, with a look of awe on his face, and said, "Miss Jodi, if I would have had this when I was in school before, I wouldn't be at The Excel Center. I never would have dropped out of high school if I would have had this program." 

Thank you for doing what you do. This student now knows he can succeed because I finally found the right tool. He enrolled here this winter and I've borrowed so many software programs from you to try with him and everything helped, but it wasn't the magic button we needed. Now we found the missing piece in helping him. PATINS did this. You made it possible. You've done it many times in the past for my students with severe and low-incidence disabilities, but I readily admit I have always underestimated the impact of AT on students with high-incidence disabilities. I've never had a student put into words so well what assistive technology means and how critical PATINS is to the success of ALL students in Indiana.

Congratulations on a very successful Tech Expo yesterday!

Jodi Click, Special Education Coordinator

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The PATINS Project provides a range of support services for impacting both the organizational capacity and the professional capabilities of Indiana‚Äôs local educational agencies in serving students with unique learning needs.  These services include:

  • Operation of the Indiana Center for Accessible Instructional Materials (ICAM) 
  • Regional Lending Libraries 
  • Technical Assistance and Training 
  • Monthly Featured Vendor/AT Products
  • PATINS Rapid Fire Blog 
  • PATINS Refurbished Computer Program 
  • Family Resources

Front Page News from PATINS

Tech Tip: Adapted Literature - 4/18/14

The Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities has a list of Adapted Literature available through the Sherlock Center Resource Library. These resources are provided for teachers to help students with severe disabilities participate in the general curriculum. 

Starting in August 2013, we will Spotlight one of our Vendor friends on our Featured Vendor Spotlight Page. They will also be featured on our PATINS TV channel, complete with product demonstrations and special pricing.  Check back each month to learn more about our Featured Vendors!

Featured Vendor Spotlight Webpage

Cadan Assistive Technologies

Thank you for attending the 2014 PATINS Tech Expo!  
Please pencil us in for next Spring to attend our next Tech Expo.

Follow Up Survey


PATINS TV - Join us for our next episode on May 6th, 2014 at 11:40 EST

Our next episode will air on May 6, 2014.  Details will follow.  

Plan to join 5 minutes early if you can.  You'll be prompted to install an optional piece of software the first time, which will make the video run smoother.  We welcome questions, concerns, comments, AND SUGGESTIONS for future PATINS TV Topics that YOU want to have us cover!   Email Jeff Bond at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  

At the scheduled times, the PATINS TV Videos should start playing automatically with the link below.  Alternatively, you can visit "View Live Schedule".  To View PATINS TV, simply visit the PATINS Project Video/PATINS TV webpage.

ISTEP+/End of Course Assessments: Computer-Based or Paper Pencil Mode?

This document will assist with the challenge educators face when deciding whether a student should be taking the computer-based ISTEP+/End of Course Assessments or if there should be a request submitted to the Indiana Department of Education, Office of Student Assessment, to allow a student to take the state assessment in a pencil-paper format.

Future of Indiana Modified Achievement Standards Test (IMAST)

This document from Dr. Michele Walker, Director of Student Assessment and Becky Bowman, Director of Special Education explains assessment options which must be explored with Case Conference Committees that have already selected IMAST for 2014-15, as well as those Case Conference Committees which have yet to meet to determine 2014-15 assessment-related decisions.

Did you know?

PATINS has a prize drawing for all those that participate in the training follow up surveys.  Dianne Bradley from Kankakee Valley School Corporation, Jeanene Goebel from Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation and Karen Shelley from Harrison County Exceptional Learners Cooperative were chosen as the lucky winners for the past two quarters. Dianne and Karen won a leather iPad case,  Jeanene won a copy of Don Johnston's Snap&Read.   Congratulations!

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