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Tom Starbranch Accessibility and Compliance Manager for K-12. Building the Bridge. Before NIMAS/NIMAC For several years Publishers provided digital files for special materials production. Before NIMAS the task of providing files was decentralized. Quality was not uniform.

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Tom Starbranch

Accessibility and Compliance Manager for K-12

building the bridge
Building the Bridge
  • Before NIMAS/NIMAC
    • For several years Publishers provided digital files for special materials production.
    • Before NIMAS the task of providing files was decentralized.
    • Quality was not uniform.
    • “Finding the right person” could be time consuming and frustrating.
crossing the bridge
Crossing the Bridge
  • The immediate production benefit of NIMAS/NIMAC
    • Production departments make PDFs, a file format.
    • Once the AIM task became “make NIMAS”, publishers applied the same efficiencies.
      • Uniform spec, both internal and external
      • Scale pricing (global)
      • Centralized workflow
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Crossing the Bridge
  • NIMAC Team
    • The technology worked.
    • State deadlines caused files to flood in.
    • Always cool.
    • Conduit for communication between the source and recipient.
reaching our destination
Reaching our Destination
  • Improving NIMAS/DAISY files
    • Capturing corrections no matter where they are made.
      • AMP, distribution partner, DSS office
      • Proofreading, Structure, (quality improvements)
      • Alt descriptions, MathML, (additional content)
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Reaching our Destination
  • Content availability
    • Working with our partners to provide access to source materials.
      • Illustrator files for tactile graphics
      • Structured page files (Future)
reaching our destination2
Reaching our Destination
  • Supporting Braille literacy
    • Better production tools needed.
      • NIMAS to Braille
      • MathML to Braille
      • Cost effective delivery of tactile graphics
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Reaching our Destination
  • Access to general education materials
    • The best solution. (WLATMSFTM)
    • 2010.
    • Working closely with AIM partners.
    • Next generation designers and developers assume it’s necessary.
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