The Accessible Materials Process

State or Local Education Agencies purchase textbooks and require accessible files in purchase agreement with the Publisher. The publisher then creates NIMAS files for requested materials and submits to NIMAC. NIMAC validates, performs Quality Control and catalogs submitted files using the NIMAC online system. Authorized Users and Accessible Media Producers download NIMAS files and produce accessible format. Accessible format is distributed to students, parents and teachers via their school or organizations like Bookstore, Learning Ally or APH.

The NIMAC works “behind the scenes” to help ensure that when an accessible format is needed and not yet available, a source file is there to speed up the production process. Because NIMAS is a source file format, these files are not distributed directly to students or schools.

In most all cases, parents or teachers will obtain accessible materials directly from national or state agencies and organizations. If you looking for accessible K-12 materials, such as braille, large print, audio or digital text, we encourage you to search Louis Plus. This national database contains information about accessible materials available from more than 140 agencies and organizations across the U.S., including the American Printing House for the Blind, Learning Ally, and Bookshare.

For more information about how your state serves students with print disabilities with the accessible formats they need, contact your NIMAC State Coordinator.

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