Statewide Instructional Materials Center

  • The Statewide Instructional Materials Center serves as the educational materials distribution center for all eligible students in the state who are blind or visually impaired.  The center manages the distribution and return of all braille and large print textbooks used in South Carolina.


    The center also distributes materials and equipment from the American Printing House for the Blind. It manages registration for the American Printing House for the Blind Federal Quota Program in South Carolina.  


    Located on the Spartanburg Campus of the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind, the Instructional Materials Center’s primary goal is to ensure that students receive braille and large print materials in a timely manner. The center’s cataloging and inventory tracking system ensures that materials can be procured or produced quickly for the state’s approximately 1,000 students who are blind or visually impaired.


    The Instructional Materials Center utilizes the Braille Production Center, located in Greenwood, to obtain braille materials that are not readily available. The Braille Production Center provides K-12 braille textbooks for students served through the State Department of Education. It also produces materials for organizations nationwide that serve individuals who blind or visually impaired.


    Transcribers, working at the Braille Production Center, are certified in literary, Nemeth, Unified English Braille, music, textbook formatting, and/or proofreading. They produce high quality braille and computer tactile graphics using Braillo and Tiger embossers.


  • The Statewide Instructional Materials Center manages the yearly Federal Quota Census in South Carolina for the American Printing House for the Blind. This annual registration of eligible individuals determines a per capita amount of money designated for the purchase of instructional materials produced by the American Printing House for the Blind.

    To be registered during the annual census, students must:

    • Meet the definition of blindness – central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with correcting glasses or a peripheral field of vision no greater than 20 degrees or visual performance reduced by brain injury or dysfunction when visual function meets the definition of blindness as determined by an eye care specialist or neurologist

    • Be enrolled in a formally organized public or private, nonprofit educational program of less than college level

    • Be enrolled with the registering school on the first Monday in January