Frequently Asked Questions

What are Accessible Educational Materials (AEM)

AEM are specialized formats of curricular content that can be used by and with learners who are unable to read or use standard print materials. They include formats such as braille, audio, large print, and digital text.  Learn more at the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials.

What are NIMAC and NIMAS?

The National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC) is a federally funded online file repository created by IDEA 2004 with source files in the NIMAS format.

The National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) is a technical standard used by publishers to produce source files that may be used to develop multiple specialized formats for students with print disabilities.

Who is eligible to receive specialized print formatted materials?

  1. Students who are receiving special education services as identified through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
  2. Students who have a print disability that is identified and documented on their Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

Who decides eligibility?

The student’s IEP team, based on the information provided through documented evaluations.

What types of specialized formats are available?

  • Braille
  • Large Print
  • Electronic
  • Audio

Who decides what format is appropriate?

The student’s IEP team, based on documented evaluations.

What materials are available through NIMAS?

  • Textbooks Only! – Published on or after July 19, 2006.
  • Workbooks, if they are bundled with the primary textbook.

How do I get materials that I need for my student who is print disabled?

Go to the Outreach Portal and complete the forms:

  • Student Information Sheet
  • Book Request form

Where will I document the need for specialized print format in the IEP?

Indicate that the student is “print disabled” under the Form I-4 and under Form I-9.

An example of language that may be used would be:

This student has been determined to meet the definition for print disabled by the IEP team.  This student requires (Braille, large print, audio, electronic format) materials.

Are there other considerations that should be noted on the IEP?

  • The student’s IEP team should consider if the student needs assistive technology in order to access specialized print materials, and if so…
  • Specialized software or equipment needed to access specialized print format must be indicated on the special factors page section of the IEP.

Should I continue paying the annual Learning Ally and Bookshare fees?

  • Yes, books published before June 19, 2006 will still be available through Learning Ally and Bookshare.
  • Yes, You will still use these services to download NIMAS based books that have been assigned to them.