Welcome to PATINS!

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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!  Beginning with school year 2014-15, PATINS is going online with all Lending Library forms.  In doing so, we will be able to streamline data collection for the State and expedite your shipment(s) to you for your student(s). Please contact any PATINS staff member if you need assistance completing any of the forms.
PATINS Lending Library webpage

During the 2014-2015 school year, PATINS in collaboration with the UDL Center at OCALI, Michigan (MITS), Texas (TATN), Maryland (MATN) and Minnesota Department of Education will host a series of 40 live webinars.

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Comment from Angie Schepman
Autism Coordinator
Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Learning Specialist
Seymour Community Schools

I just want all of you to know how thankful I am for PATINS!  It has really made a difference in one of my students with ASD.  The IPAD really opened doors for this young man.  Thank you, thank you.  :)

Comment from Linda Dickerson
Self-employed SLP

I thought the speakers that I attended (at PATINS Tech Expo 2014) were outstanding.  The information I got from them was new and exciting and right on target for my field of speech and language pathology.

Comment from Katrina Michael, Occupational Therapist
Robey Elementary, Wayne Township Indianapolis, IN

I just wanted to touch base again with you (Jeff Bond, CE Regional Site Coordinator)  to say THANK YOU again for helping me so much with the laptop problem! You and PATINS are wonderful supports to me!

Comment from Janet Ellis
DRM, Alexandria School Corporation

You (Martha Hammond) and your team have made using the ICAM program so very easy and accessible that I barely even register it on my ‘to do’ list anymore.  The benefits to our students, though, are bountiful.  I so appreciate what your team has done for the students!

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 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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The PATINS Project provides a range of support services for impacting both the organizational capacity and the professional capabilities of Indiana’s 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

New Opportunity from PATINS!

AEMing for Achievement Grant

The PATINS Project-Indiana Center for Accessible Materials (ICAM) will provide: 

1. Intensive, but friendly, and direct assistance with bringing your district into full compliance with Accessible Instructional Materials implementation and data collection for the purpose of increasing student achievement.

2. Dedicated PATINS-ICAM Staff meeting your district where it is currently, both in-person & online, as frequently as you need, for the rest of this grant cycle (school year).

3.  Free Access to the Universal Protocol for Accommodations in Reading (uPAR) for your district's buildings & direct training on using it!  Read more about uPAR here:

4. Focused Assistance to students identified as benefiting from reading accommodations in 2 primary ways.  First, is ensuring your district is in compliance with the seven Quality Indicators for providing Accessible Instructional Materials and second is assisting your staff in the collection and analysis of data to guide accommodations and to demonstrate growth.

Each LEA that is selected will be required to assemble an AEMing for Achievement Coordinating Committee (AEMCC).  PATINS/ICAM will designate staff to work collaboratively with the AEMCC.  All participants should be committed to devising a detailed plan, and to fulfilling the goals of that plan.  Committee members should consist of an administrator, special education staff, general education staff, digital rights manager, and related service personnel, but can include others such as students and parents as well.  We recommend 4 - 7 committee members to begin with. 

1. An initial training face to face will be required on Nov. 20th in Indianapolis for at least 2 committee members from each district. More are welcome!

2. A follow-up collaboration day will be required on April 24, 2015 for at least 2 committee members from each district.  More are welcome!

LEAs interested in this opportunity should COMPLETE AND SUBMIT THIS APPLICATION by November 7, 2014. 

All Indiana LEAs are welcome to apply and the selection of LEAs will be based on the information included in the application.  Please note that applications should be submitted by school district, not the special education cooperative.

2014 PATINS State Conference

"Accessible Learning in Indiana: Materials, Modes, and Measurement"

Top 10 Reasons to attend the PATINS Conference

Keynote Speaker: Josh Blue

November 18 - 19, 2014

Downtown Crowne Plaza
Indianapolis, Indiana

To Register:

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2014 State Conference
 2-day session schedule available.  

Start planning your 2 days!

Check out the 2014 State Conference Booklet with full descriptions of sessions!

PATINS State Conference Flyer

Please Save the Date:

April 23, 2015

PATINS Tech Expo

Wyndham Indianapolis West

2544 Executive Drive

Indianapolis, IN  46241

FREE registration will be available in January.

We hope you can join us for this well-attended annual event.




Training will be held at all 5 PATINS Sites!

We will spotlight one of our Vendor friends on our Featured Vendor Spotlight Page each month. They will also be featured on our PATINS TV channel, complete with product demonstrations and special pricing.  We are proud to welcome Don Johnston, Inc. as our Featured Vendor for October 2014!

Upcoming Featured Vendors:

November: Westminster Technologies
December: Empower Learning
January: GH, LLC
February: Project Discovery
March: BEAMZ
April: Prentke Romich Company
May: ProxTalker


1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month August - May
11:45 a.m. (EST) -
12:00 p.m. (EST)

Our next PATINS TV episode will air on November 4th.  

Julie Kuhn discusses iTunes U and how PATINS is getting involved.  Want to take a course?  Tune in to find out how!

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  

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, both LIVE and archived past episodes, simply visit the PATINS Project Video/PATINS TV webpage.

Tech Tip: Virtual Nerd Update

Back in May 2013, I shared with you Virtual Nerd.  Virtual Nerd provides interactive video tutorials in math and science. Positioned as an alternative to private tutoring, Virtual Nerd's patent-pending tutorial system presents users with in-context information, hints, and links to supporting tutorials, synchronized with videos, each 3-7 minutes long. In this non-linear system, users are free to take whatever path through the material best serves their needs. There are over 1,500 video lessons covering Middle Grades Math through Algebra 2.  Now there's an app!

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.

The newly redesigned has been optimized to help parents and educators gain an inside view into our educational community. CIESC Media Services started by organizing 50+ educational videos into searchable categories. Viewers can search by topic, tags, or by the customized search bar. All of these details help viewers watch more, and learn more. TeachIndy wants to link you only to relevant content, that will help you better engage our community of educators. A teacher blog page has been added to provide an outlet for teacher created and media related information. TeachIndy hopes that you take advantage of our redesigned site, and that you will help spread the word.


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