The National Instructional Materials Accessibility Center (NIMAC), established in Louisville, Kentucky, receives and catalogs publishers' electronic files of print instructional materials in the NIMAS format. The center then provides these standardized source files to those who have been authorized to obtain them in order to produce textbooks and other core print instructional materials for blind, visually impaired, and print-disabled students.
The Table of State Coordination is a summary table indicating whether states have selected to coordinate with the NIMAC. Note that all fifty states and the District of Columbia have indicated that they plan to coordinate with the NIMAC and updates will be posted when each Annual State Application under Part B of IDEA 2004 is amended.
The Publishers & Conversion Houses Home Page is an annotated list of metadata fields required by the NIMAC as part of NIMAS fileset submission to the national repository. It includes notes and examples. Note that NIMAC metadata requirements are in addition to the requirements of the NIMAS 1.1 specification for filesets. Includes a full version sample OPF file with NIMAC metadata, NIMAS metadata, history, and comments. (Go to Exemplar 9 to view a sample NIMAC OPF file in XML and in Word without history and comments or to download the history and comments as a separate Word document.)
Authorized Users (AUs)
Forms and Agreements
NIMAC Coordination Agreement: Authorized representatives of educational agencies that have chosen to coordinate with the NIMAC must submit this coordination agreement to the Repository in order to obtain filesets.
The NIMAC Limitation-of-Use Agreement (LUA) is required of authorized users of the Repository (contact the NIMAC for more information).
The NIMAC FAQ provides information about the NIMAC, implementation schedules, copyright, digital rights, and more.
Print Instructional Materials
Printed materials written and published for use in elementary and secondary school instruction, required by a SEA or LEA for use by students in classroom.View in glossary
National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS)
A technical standard used to produce XML-based source files for print-based educational materials.View in glossary
National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC)
Central national repository established at American Printing House for the Blind to store, validate, maintain and disseminate NIMAS filesets.View in glossary
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
Federal law governing rights of children with disabilities to receive free and appropriate public education in least restrictive environment.View in glossary
One or more pieces of descriptive information about data.View in glossary
XML (EXtensible Markup Language)
Universal format for structured documents and data. Set of rules, guidelines, and conventions for designing text formats for data.View in glossary
Agent of a coordinating agency with access to the NIMAC database to download NIMAS-conformant files.View in glossary
State Education Agency (SEA)
Agency responsible for supervision of a state’s or territory’s public elementary and secondary schools.View in glossary
LUA (Limitation-of-Use Agreement)
Legal agreement ensuring NIMAS filesets are converted for the exclusive purpose of producing accessible instructional materials for print disabled.View in glossary
Agreement between the NIMAC and authorized representatives to name authorized users who may obtain NIMAS filesets.View in glossary
NIMAS/NIMAC Coordinator (NNC)
Primary contact for NIMAS/NIMAC-related queries and information dissemination. Each state or territory will designate one NNC.View in glossary
Accessible Media Producers (AMPs)
Produced specialized formats of instructional materials for use by blind or other persons with print disabilities.View in glossary