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National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS)

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires school districts to provide instructional materials to blind persons or other persons with print disabilities in a timely manner. This means that districts must take all reasonable steps to provide print instructional materials in accessible formats to children with disabilities at the same time as other children receive those materials.

What is NIMAS?

The National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) is a technical standard that curriculum publishers began using in 2006. NIMAS is designed to make it easier and faster to obtain accessible instructional materials. Publishers will send NIMAS files to the National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC), when requested to do so through a purchasing contract with a school district. The NIMAS files can then be used to produce alternate formats, including braille, large print, digital text, and audio books, for students with disabilities.

The NIMAS Center maintains and updates the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS), which guides the production of alternate versions of textbooks and related instructional materials.

What is the National Accessible Instructional Materials Center?

The National Accessible Instructional Materials Center works with key stakeholders to support the implementation of NIMAS and effective uses of Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM).

The National Accessible Instructional Materials Center is a site that serves as a resource to State and district level educators, parents, publishers, accessible media producers, and others interested in learning more about and implementing AIM and NIMAS.

Learn more about AIM at

Available Resource to Districts


LouisPlus - single search for the Louis Database and NIMAC is now live.

LouisPlus allows one search to locate accessible instructional materials in either Louis or NIMAC, and NIMAC authorized users can click a link within the search results to go directly to the NIMAC record and download the file or assign it to an Accessible Media Producer.

NIMAC contains NIMAS source files that may be used to create accessible instructional materials. Louis lists instructional materials in student-ready accessible formats.

For best search results, ISBN searches are recommended, please remember to omit hyphens in your LouisPlus ISBN searches.

Please call Resource Services at 800-223-1839 x705 for additional information on LouisPlus.

Aiming for Achievement DVD

The AIMing for Achievement DVD includes content on a variety of topics that are important to the provision, selection, acquisition, and use of accessible instructional materials. The content of the DVD is of national impact; designed to be useful across multiple environments with differing models of service provision rather that highlighting a single model. The DVD contains interviews, supplementary information, and illustrative scenarios that increase awareness and knowledge that support timely provision of accessible instructional materials to students who need them for educational participation and achievement, including legal issues, a student-centered decision-making process, an overview of specialized formats, a review of multiple sources from which to acquire specialized formats, and an overview of which students can receive materials from each source, as well as detailed discussions about technology and other supports for using accessible instructional materials. Additionally, the DVD includes possible strategies for implementation and information to support individual States in developing a program that meets local needs.

Please contact Mary Lane, / 603-271-3740, for a complimentary copy of a AIMing for Achievement DVD for your school district. The NHDOE has a limited number of copies of the DVD.

Additional Information

Mary Lane
Education Consultant
Bureau of Special Education
(603) 271-3740
Fax (603) 271-1099

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