NIMAS (National Instructional Material Accessibility Standard)
NIMAS files are created by publishers to produce source files that may be used or converted to other specialized formats for students with print disabilities. These files are stored in a central repository called the NIMAC (National Instructional Materials Access Center) which can only be accessed by authorized users such as AIM-VA. NIMAS file can only be made available for text that is curriculum-based and is copyrighted in or after 2006. NIMAS files, as-is, are source files and in general, are not student-ready.
Virginia school divisions can request that texts/books be converted and made available in the NIMAC library by contacting the NIMAC. In doing this, book publishers will make NIMAS files available to AIM-VA for conversion into additional formats (HTML, DAISY, RTF and ePub).
- If graphics are present, alternative text that can be read aloud may also be available.
- Electronic navigation through “Table of Contents”
- Requires special software to read
- For more information check out NIMAS File Best Practices.