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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.

Questions and Answers on the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) Acrobat Reader
Revised August 2010

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 http://aem.cast.org

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.

Additional Information

Mary Lane
Education Consultant
Bureau of Special Education
(603) 271-3740
Fax (603) 271-1099
Mary.Lane@doe.nh.gov

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