|What is NIMAS?
The NIMAS establishes standards to be used by textbook publishers to prepare electronic files of textbooks, which can be converted to specialized formats.
National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) website
|LEA and AEA Responsibilities
LEA and AEA responsibilities include:
The LEA is responsible for:
- Identifying NIMAS eligible students
- Identifying appropriate specialized accessible format for each individual
- Obtain materials in a timely manner (link to process for obtaining formats in a timely manner)
- Textbook adoption guidance (link for suggested language for contracts and purchase orders)
|Identification and Certification for NIMAS Eligibility
In cases of blindness, visual impairment, or physical disability, certifying authorities include:
- Doctors of medicine or osteopathy
- Registered nurses
- Nurse practitioners
- Physician assistants
- Professional staff of hospitals, institutions, and public agencies (e.g., AEA support and related service personnel, teachers of the visually impaired, social workers, counselors, or rehabilitation teachers)
In the case of a reading disability from an organic dysfunction, the certifying authority must be a doctor of medicine or osteopathy, who may consult with colleagues in associated disciplines.
A family member is not eligible to be the certifying authority.
|Who is eligible to receive NIMAS materials?
Persons who are blind, visually impaired, physically disabled, or reading disabled and have been certified by competent authority.
|What are specialized accessible formats?
Specialized accessible formats are Braille, audio, large print, text to speech or digital text, which can be used by students who are blind, vision impaired, physically disabled, and reading disabled.
NIMAS requires that students receive materials in a timely manner. Timely manner means that NIMAS eligible students will receive their specialized accessible formatted materials at the same time other students receive their instructional materials.
|Textbook Adoption Guidance
The district must either:
- Require publishers to provide National Instructional Materials Accessibility Center (NIMAC) with electronic files containing the content of the print instructional materials using the NIMAS standards; or
- Purchase instructional materials from the publisher that are produced in, or may be rendered in, specialized formats.
|Documentation on IEP
On Page B of the Web IEP, there is a NIMAS eligibility question. Answer Yes if the student is NIMAS eligible.
On Page B of the Web IEP form in “Describe the effect…” describe textbooks and related core materials to be converted to an accessible format.
Describe on the Services Page how the accessible format will be used.