Resource Center Dr. Kathy Segers

RCVI Ramps up for Summer Circulation Escalation

The RCVI is ramping up for its busiest time of the year, when all of the books checked out by local school districts from across the state that are no longer needed by that district, come back to be checked back in and redistributed to other students who need them.  During this time, it is not uncommon for a large box truck to arrive dailyAPH Federal Quota Count Phase 1 Completed by RCVI with as

many as 15 gurneys of books and materials that districts are returning. 
In addition to this, new materials that were ordered for local school districts are arriving as well and have to be received, barcoded, and shipped out to the districts.  It is all-hands-on-deck, and everyone at the RCVI is doing their part to make this a smooth process.  During the summer, we usually receive assistance from TSB Educational Assistants and Youth Service Workers who want to work.
The RCVI administers the federal quota funds from the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) for the State of Tennessee.  Local school districts and TSB are able to access these funds by placing orders with the RCVI for their students who are legally blind and that are registered with APH.  Materials such as braille and large print books, digital files, and educational products for the blind are available for purchase using federal quota funds.
The RCVI also houses the TN Braille Production Center (BPC). This center is staffed by a full-time braille transcriber, a braille proofreader, and a clerk. The BPC has a repository of braille files that they can emboss on demand for local school districts and TSB and is able to emboss up to four copies of a book at a time along with computer-generated and collage-tactile graphics. 
The new prison braille program at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville is well underway and will soon be producing braille materials for students in Tennessee.  Twenty offenders are learning the Unified English Braille Code and are working toward Library of Congress Certification as a braille transcriber. The name of the program is For TN Accessible Media Producers. An agreement was entered into by the TN Department of Education, TN Department of Corrections, and TRICOR Prison Industries to create this program that will produce braille books for Tennessee students at no cost as soon as they are certified.  It is projected that first transcriptions will begin in the fall. Stay tuned for more information on this program as it develops.

Kathy Segers,
Dr. Kathy Segers,
Director of Accessible Instruction Materials and Outreach