Oregon Textbook & Media Center
Oregon Textbook and Media Center (OTMC)
Braille and Large Print Textbook Production
OTMC is a state and federally funded center serving all regional programs, the Oregon School for the Deaf, and the Oregon Commission for the Blind. Students served by the above mentioned programs must be eligible as a student with a vision impairment as identified in the Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR 581-015-2180). OTMC provides textbooks and supplementary materials in a format selected to match individual student needs (Braille, large print, or audio recordings). The supplementary materials may include, Braillers, recorders, paper, rulers, abacus, and computer software. For younger students, equipment include toys and manipulatives to support concept development and pre-reading skills.
The center is administered by the Willamette Education Service District. OTMC is housed at 2060 Vista Avenue SE, Suite 100, Salem, OR 97302. It is open from 8:00 - 4:00 weekdays year round, except holidays, Christmas Break, and Spring Break.
Books and Materials
Books and materials available from OTMC are obtained one of three ways:
- OTMC receives Federal Quota money. A per student dollar amount is received based on the number of eligible students with vision impairments in regional programs statewide. The money is then used to purchase books, materials, and equipment from the American Printing House for the Blind. The money can’t be used to purchase materials from other sources. OTMC purchases the materials at the request of the regional programs. The materials are housed at OTMC and available for checkout through the regional teacher of students with vision impairments. Materials are selected for use with an individual student and their educational team.
- OTMC acquires Braille and large print textbooks from around the country. A search is conducted to determine if the book is already available in the format desired (Braille, large print, audio). If the book is available, OTMC purchases the book and delivers the book to the student’s regional vision teacher.
- If a search determines the book is not available, OTMC, will reproduce the book in the correct format. OTMC does not produce audio recordings. OTMC produces Braille and large print books.
Support for Teachers
Support for Oregon Teachers of Vision Impaired and O&M only. For interested personnel outside of Oregon, please contact the OTMC.
- Ordering Textbooks
- Ordering APH Materials
- Manuals - Guidelines for Assessment and Program Planning
- Standards for Serving All Students with Vision Impairments (coming soon)
- Learning Media Assessment
- Low Vision Notebook
- Assistive Technology
- Transition Planning
Oregon Lions Statewide Low Vision Clinic
The Oregon Lions Statewide Low Vision Clinic is a unique service provided to children with visual impairments through the generous support of the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation.
The purpose of the clinic is to provide low vision assessments that are directed toward your child’s educational and environmental needs. The clinic works in cooperation with state Regional Programs in providing services to children age birth through twenty-one years. The goal of the clinic is to help gain a better understanding of your child’s vision and to make recommendations that will assist him or her in the educational setting. When appropriate the optometrist will recommend and dispense low vision devices; and if necessary the optometrist will provide a follow-up assessment in your child’s educational setting, or a variety of settings.
- Low Vision Clinic: Parent Info (pdf)
- Low Vision Clinic: Referral Process Checklist (pdf)
- Low Vision Clinic: Referral Fill-In Form (pdf)
- Low Vision Clinic: Referral Fill-In Form (doc)
- Low Vision Clinic: Evaluation of Service (pdf)
- Low Vision Clinic: Evaluation of Service (doc)
Order Statewide Assessments
Access Electronic Books
Learn Braille (links):
- National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)
- Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired (TSBVI): Braille Instruction Resources
- The Hadley School for Professional Studies: Introduction to Braille
- Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE)
- Special Services
- Regional Services
- K-12 Classrooms
- Statewide Services
- SpEd Staff Resources