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Accessible Instructional Materials Resources: NIMAS/NIMAC


What is NIMAS? The National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) is a consistent technical standard that is used to develop specialized formats (Braille, Large Print, audio, digital text, text to speech) for students with print disabilities, and then delivered in a timely manner. NIMAS files are electronic files made available through the NIMAC. For detailed information, visit these links…

What is the NIMAC? The National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC) is a national repository that holds the electronic NIMAS files. It makes these files available for the production of "core" instructional materials in accessible formats on behalf of eligible print-disabled students in grades K-12. For detailed information, visit these links…

Local Education Agency Information: Montana schools are encouraged to coordinate their efforts to get specialized formats to print disabled students by signing a "Coordination Agreement" and "Assurance Statement" through the Office of Public Instruction. The LEA is then considered an "Opt In" school for MT and the NIMAC, and must follow certain guidelines for textbook purchases. For related Montana documents and information, see below...

  • MT Coordination Agreement with NIMAC:
  • MT Assurance Statement for "Opt In" Schools:
  • Current List of MT "Opt In" Schools:
  • LEA's and Textbook Purchases: Local education agencies who have “opted in” to Montana's coordination agreement with the NIMAC must require publishers to submit electronic files by marking them as “NIMAS” on all purchase orders for new textbooks and related core materials. It is important for districts to make selections of new textbooks before April 1st of each year in order to ensure timely delivery of these materials in the appropriate format for the upcoming school year. The LEA must also include the following suggested contract language for purchase orders within the PO itself:

"By agreeing to deliver the materials marked with "NIMAS" on this contract or purchase order, the publisher agrees to prepare and submit a valid NIMAS file set to the NIMAC at the American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. (APH). Should the vendor be a distributor of the materials and not the publisher, the distributor agrees to immediately notify the publisher of its obligation to submit NIMAS file sets of the purchased products to the NIMAC. This is page ___ of ___ of this contract or purchase order."

Teacher and Parent Information: Contact MSDB, your Outreach Consultant, or your local program serving students with visual impairments, for information related to orders for alternate media materials in specialized formats, or assistive technology concerns. See links below for more information:

Montana Contact Information:

Montana Office of Public Instruction
P.O. Box 202501
Helena, Montana 59620-2501
tel.: (406) 444-3095
tel.: 1 (888) 231-9393
Tim Harris - Director of Special Education
(406) 444-4429

Montana School for the Deaf & Blind
3911 Central Ave
Great Falls, MT 59405
tel.: (406) 771-6000
tel.: (800) 882-6732
TDD.: (406) 771-6063 or 771-6122
Staci Bechard (406) 771-6051
Ritamarie Campbell (406) 771-6090

ELIGIBILITY: The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires the adoption of a national standard (NIMAS) for accessible materials. For detailed information about IDEA Regulations and NIMAC/NIMAS policies under the Office of Special Education Programs, visit these links...

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