National Instructional Materials Access Center. Overview. Julia Myers 9/08/06. NIMAC and APH.
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The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) of 2004 requires states to address the critical difficulty in obtaining accessible textbooks for students with disabilities by adopting a new file format, the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS).
This same legislation offers a means to assist states in this responsibility by establishing a national repository to collect and store these files and make them available to states.
This repository is the National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC), and it is being established at the American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. (APH) with support from the U.S. Department of Education. The legislation directs the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education to establish the center at APH.
“Authorized user” in this document simply means an individual who has signed the NIMAC Limitation of Use Agreement and who has been provided a user id and password that enables him/her to access the NIMAC database AND download NIMAS files in accordance with that agreement.
“Authorized entities” are referred to in the Chafee Amendment of 1996, and are defined therein: “‘authorized entity' means a nonprofit organization or a governmental agency that has a primary mission to provide specialized services relating to training, education, or adaptive reading or information access needs of blind or other persons with disabilities.”
“Coordinating agencies” are those local and state educational agencies that have chosen to coordinate with the NIMAC by directing publishers to provide NIMAS files to the NIMAC.
The National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC) will serve as a national repository for NIMAS files and as a conduit through which NIMAS files are made available only to authorized users so that these files may be converted into fully accessible textbooks and instructional materials for students with qualifying disabilities.
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