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Illinois Instructional Materials Center - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Illinois Instructional Materials Center
1850 West Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 997-3699 (Local)
(312) 997-1687 (Fax)
iimc@chicagolighthouse.org
http://chicagolighthouse.org/program/illinois-instructional-materials-center/

Brief Description

The Illinois Instructional Materials Center (IIMC) is a statewide, state funded resource center for students with visual disabilities enrolled in a formal educational program in Illinois public and private schools. The IIMC works with local school systems, textbook publishers, and other public and private agencies to procure and produce alternative format educational materials such as braille and large print textbooks. Our goal is to provide the students of Illinois who are blind or visually impaired the information they need in a form they can read. The IIMC was established by an Act of the Illinois State Legislature, originated by the Superintendent of Public Instruction and began operation in July, 1965. The State Board of Education contracted the operation of the IIMC to the Springfield School District #186 from November, 1979 to June, 2003. On July 1, 2003 The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired began the contracted operation of the IIMC. There is no charge for any services.

Hours of operation: Monday - Friday; 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Clients served on average per year: 4,100
Number of staff: 6.5
Geographic area served: Illinois

Staff

Sue Honda, Coordinator of Instructional Resources, (312) 666-1331 3079, sue.honda@chicagolighthouse.org
Kim Pettit, Database Coordinator, (312) 997-3698, kim.pettit@chicagolighthouse.org
Greg Polman, Senior Vice President/Public Policy, greg.polman@chicagolighthouse.org

Services Offered

Services for Children

  • Education Services
    • Provides specialized instructional materials for students who are blind or visually impaired in Illinois.
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