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NIMAS Development Center and NIMAS Technical Assistance Center

[ http://nimas.cast.org ]

Two national centers were awarded to the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) by the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). These centers were established to further the development and implementation of NIMAS. The NIMAS Web site at CAST is a rich resource of information.“Accessible Textbooks in the Classroom: An Educator's Guide to the Acquisition of Alternate Format Core Learning Materials for Pre-K–12 Students with Print Disabilities”

“Accessible Textbooks in the Classroom: An Educator's Guide to the Acquisition of Alternate Format Core Learning Materials for Pre-K–12 Students with Print Disabilities”

[ http://nimas.cast.org/about/resources/accessible_textbooks.html#solutions_etext ]

This article, prepared by CAST in cooperation with OSEP and available on the NIMAS Development and Technical Assistance Centers Web site, provides an excellent overview regarding the provision of accessible instructional materials and solutions for obtaining accessible materials.


National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC)

[ http://www.nimac.us ]

IDEA 2004 mandated the establishment of the National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC) as a national repository for publishers’ electronic files of textbooks and core related instructional materials in the NIMAS file format. The NIMAC has been established by the American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. (APH) in Louisville, Kentucky. The NIMAC is a repository for textbooks and core related instructional materials in the standard file format for students with print disabilities as specified under IDEA 2004. Each state specifies authorized users that will be able to download the files. The NIMAS file format is not student ready or ready for student use.


Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004, NIMAS Topic Page

[ http://idea.ed.gov/explore/view/p/%2Croot%2Cdynamic%2CTopicalArea%2C10%2C ]

The US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), developed a Web site with resources and information to assist state educational agencies (SEAs) and local educational agencies (LEAs) in implementing IDEA 2004. One of the major topics addressed is NIMAS.


NICHCY, IDEA 2004 Training Module 8: NIMAS

[ http://www.nichcy.org/training/contents.asp#NIMAS ]

Module 8: NIMAS, part of the Building the Legacy: A Training Curriculum on IDEA 2004, was developed by the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) at the request of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). The NIMAS training module was created in cooperation with the NIMAS Development Center and OSEP. The module includes PowerPoint presentation, discussion (training notes) and handouts.


Indiana Designs Equitable Access for Learning (IDEAL)

[ http://www.idealindiana.com/ideal/partners/patins/nimas.php ]

IDEAL has created a freely available NIMAS 2006 podcast consisting of 9 segments addressing an overview of NIMAS, related statute and regulations and copyright protection information, and other topics relating to accessible materials and the NIMAS.


CITEd

[ http://www.cited.org/ ]

Visit the CITEd webinar archives to hear the NIMAS: Implementation Issues and Solutions presentation. http://www.cited.org/index.aspx?page_id=126#NIMAS2
The webinar is presented by Chuck Hitchcock, M.Ed. Chief Officer of Policy & Technology, CAST; and Ruth Ziolkowski, MBA, President of Don Johnston, Inc.


OSEP NIMAS Resources

[http://idea.ed.gov/explore/view/p/%2Croot%2Cdynamic%2CTopicalArea%2C10%2C ]

NIMAS (National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard)--published on August 14, 2006. This site covers a variety of high-interest topics and brings together the regulatory requirements related to those topics to support constituents in preparing to implement the new regulations.


OSEP NIMAS Q & A:

[ http://idea.ed.gov/explore/view/p/%2Croot%2Cdynamic%2CQaCorner%2C5%2C ]

Questions and Answers on the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standards (NIMAS)


Louis Database

[ http://www.aph.org/louis.htm ]

The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) maintains and promotes the Louis Database of Accessible Materials for People who are Blind or Visually Impaired. Louis contains information on nearly 200,000 titles in accessible formats including braille, large print, sound recording, and electronic files. Information is contributed by over 180 agencies throughout the United States.


NIMAS at CAST

[ http://nimas.cast.org ]

NIMAS guides the production and electronic distribution of
digital versions of textbooks and other instructional materials
so they can be more easily converted into accessible formats.


AltFormat

[ http://altformat.com/ ]

AltFormat is an independent portal focusing on how developments in the production of alternative format materials are transforming the education of visually impaired and dyslexic students of all ages.
Alternative formats allow text in standard print to be reproduced in formats such as Braille, audio for MP3, Digital talking books, tactile diagrams and large print.


Kentucky Accessible Materials Database

[ https://apps.kde.state.ky.us/kamd/ ]

The database provides public access to the list of accessible digital materials available through the Kentucky textbook adoption process. It also provides secure access for Digital Rights Managers (DRM) to request these materials for qualifying students with disabilities.

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