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NATIONAL INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS ACCESSIBILITY STANDARD (NIMAS) - Regulations

2. Require the adoption of NIMAS.

States must:
  • Adopt the NIMAS, published as appendix C to Part 300, for the purposes of providing instructional materials to blind persons or other persons with print disabilities, in a timely manner after publication of the NIMAS in the Federal Register on July 19, 2006 (71 FR 41084); and
  • Establish a State definition of “timely manner” for purposes of 34 CFR 300.172 (b)(2) and (b)(3) if the State is not coordinating with the NIMAC or 34 CFR 300.172 (b)(3) and (c)(2) if the State is coordinating with the NIMAC.
[34 CFR 300.172(a)] [20 U.S.C. 1412(a)(23)(A)]

Dialogue Starter - Cross-stakeholder

Reaction Questions

  1. From your perspective, why do think it is necessary for the State to adopt NIMAS? What does adopt mean in this context and how could having a common standard improve access and efficiency?


  2. How has your state defined “timely manner” in relation to NIMAS?


  3. What are the pros and cons of a state coordinating with and accessing materials through NIMAC?


  4. Is your state a textbook adoption state or an open territory state with regard to the selection and purchase of instructional materials?


  5. If you are in a textbook adoption state, what is the role of your state in textbook adoptions, and is there a sequence for the subject area adoptions?


Application Questions

  1. If you were to suggest the meaning of “timely manner” what would that timeframe be? What is your rationale?


  2. What might happen at the local level if the state does not coordinate with NIMAC? How will the district make appropriate materials available to eligible students?


  3. What kind of procedures might a state implement if coordination with the NIMAC and other local options were both implemented?

    These questions were developed by the following stakeholders working together:

    Role: Teacher
    Location: California

    Role: Related Service Provider
    Location: Connecticut

    Role: Educational Consultant
    Location: Florida

    Role: Related Service Provider
    Location: Florida

    Role: Special Education Administrator
    Location: Florida

    Role: General Education Administrator
    Location: Illinois

    Role: Teacher
    Location: Minnesota

    Role: Family Member
    Location: West Virginia

    Role: TA Provider
    Location: Massachusetts