National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC/NIMAS)
Overview: The National Instructional Materials Access Center is a federally-funded, national electronic file repository that makes National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) files available for the production of core print instructional materials in specialized formats. Created under IDEA 2004, the NIMAC receives source files in NIMAS format from textbook publishers, and makes these files available for download to Authorized Users in the United States and its territories through an online database. The purpose of NIMAS is to help increase the availability and timely delivery of print instructional materials in accessible formats to blind or other persons with print disabilities in elementary and secondary schools. Once downloaded, files can be used to create a variety of specialized formats, such as braille, audio, or digital text, on behalf of qualifying blind, visually-impaired or print-disabled students. There are two authorized users in New Jersey:
For NIMAS eligible students who are blind and/or visually impaired: The Meyer Center of New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (NJCBVI), Christine Hinton, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For NIMAS eligible students who are print disabled due to a physical disability or have a reading disability due to organic dysfunction: New Jersey Department of Education –OSEP representative, Jean Kelly, email@example.com
The following information is intended to assist schools, families, students, and others: