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National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) Published

July 20, 2006

The Final Regulations for the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) were published yesterday, July 19, 2006 in Part III of the Federal Register. For your convenience, NICHCY has posted what appeared in the Federal Register on its Website, Click Here to Access

The NIMAS guides the production and electronic distribution of digital versions of textbooks and other instructional materials so they can be more easily converted to accessible formats, including Braille and text-to-speech. If you'd like to learn more about NIMAS, here are two resources that will launch you right into the heart of the matter.

The TA Center on NIMAS.
http://nimas.cast.org/
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has funded two national centers to further develop and implement the NIMAS. Visit the link above to delve into the what, how, where, and when of NIMAS and what it means for children with disabilities.

From the Federal Government
http://www.nichcy.org/reauth/tb-accessibility.pdf
This document, entitled National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard, is one in a series on IDEA 2004 prepared by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) in the U.S. Department of Education. This document identifies new provisions within IDEA 2004 regarding NIMAS.

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