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NIMAS: Providing
Accessible Materials
for Students with
Print Disabilities
Oklahoma ABLE Tech
Linda Jaco
Tessa Stinnett
5th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute 2010
Questions answered in this Session:
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What is NIMAS?
What is NIMAC?
Who is eligible to use accessible texts?
How do I get accessible texts?
How do my students use accessible texts?
How can ABLE Tech help?
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What is NIMAS?
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N
I
M
A
S
National
Instructional
Materials
Accessibility
Standard
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What is NIMAS?
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A provision in the ‘04 reauthorization
of IDEA
Intended to maximize access to the general
curriculum for students who have print
disabilities due to vision, learning,
cognitive, or physical disabilities.
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What is NIMAS?
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NIMAS is a technical standard for use by
book publishers.
The standard enables publishers to
produce source files (in XML).
XML files may be used to develop other
specialized formats for students who have
print disabilities.
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What is NIMAS?
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The other specialized formats may include:
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Audio (MP3)
Braille
Digital text
Large print
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How does XML work?
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K-12 book publishers, SEAs, and LEAs
submit textbook files to NIMAC.
NIMAC is the National Instructional
Materials Access Center.
NIMAC is a central repository for source
files in the NIMAS format.
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How does XML work?
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Submit textbook files to NIMAC.
The book is XML tagged.
Result is an XML-tagged file of the book.
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Start with the Textbook
NICHCY, 2007
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XML-tagged File
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NICHCY, 2007
NIMAC Responsibilities:
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Maintain a catalog of print instructional
materials prepared in the NIMAS made
available by the textbook publishing
industry, SEAs, and LEAs.
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NIMAC Responsibilities:
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Provide access to print instructional
materials including textbooks, in accessible
media, free of charge, to blind or other
persons with print disabilities in elementary
and secondary schools.
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NIMAC Responsibilities:
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Develop, adopt and publish procedures to
protect against copyright infringement with
respect to the print instructional materials.
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Why NIMAS/NIMAC?
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Specifically: IDEA-04 34 CFR 300.172Access to instructional materials
Generally:
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Students with disabilities need access to
instructional materials
They need the materials at the same time other
children receive their materials.
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Why NIMAS/NIMAC
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Research shows educational programs for
students who have disabilities are more
effective when teams have high
expectations and ensure access to the
general education curriculum to the
maximum extent possible.
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Who is eligible to use NIMAS files?
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Only available to K-12 students who:
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Have print disabilities as defined by the Chafee
Amendment to copyright law, and
Have an IEP.
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Eligibility as Defined by Chafee
Disability
Qualified/Not Qualified
Examples of Certifying
Professionals
Qualified
A family doctor, ophthalmologist,
optometrist, Teacher of the
Visually Impaired, Special
Education teacher
Certification from the National
Library Service
Qualified
A family doctor or other medical
professional, physical therapist,
resource specialist, Special
Education teacher
Learning or Reading Disability
Students with a severe
enough disability, and a
professional certifying that the
disability has a physical basis
A neurologist, psychiatrist,
learning disability specialist,
Special Education teacher,
school psychologist, or clinical
psychologist with a background
in learning disabilities
Autism
Emotional disabilities
ADHD
ESL and ELL
Not qualified, unless
accompanied by a visual or
physical disability, or a
qualified reading disability
that has a physical basis
Visual Impairment (VI), such as
blind or low vision
Physical Disability (PD) which
affects one’s ability to read print,
such as inability to hold a book or
turn pages
Examples above
Record of
disability kept
at school!
The Big Picture
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Authorized users
prepare specialized
formats for children
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NIMAC does
its magic!
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SEAs or
LEAs “adoption”
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K-12 publishers
submit filesets
NICHCY, 2007
How do the XML files help
students?
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NIMAC Authorized Users (AUs) in each
state convert the XML files to the format the
students can use (audio, Braille, large print,
digital text).
AUs in Oklahoma:
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The AIM Center
Oklahoma School for the Blind
Oklahoma ABLE Tech
Contact information on the last slide
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Search the NIMAC
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You can search the NIMAC even though
you’re not an AU.
Only AUs can download files or assign
them to an AMP (accessible media
producer) to be converted to the
appropriate format(s) for the students.
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If you Request a NIMAS file
through an AU:
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The AU will deliver a converted XML file to
you in the appropriate format for your
student (audio, Braille, digital text, large
print)
AU may charge a fee for conversion.
You’ll need the appropriate hardware or
software to make the file “usable” for the
student.
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Examples of Hardware
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Victor Stream Reader
ClassMate Reader
Intel Reader
BrailleNote Apex
MP3 players/iPods
Other
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Examples of Software
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Read:OutLoud
Wynn or OpenBook
Kurzweil 1000 or 3000
ZoomText
Jaws or Window Eyes
TextHelp
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Note about AT Purchase &
Transition
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OSDE’s Assistive Technology Technical
Assistance Document describes how to
transfer AT to a different agency when a
student transitions through a sale of the
item at a depreciated cost.
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What about Non-Textbook
Materials?
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Newspapers
Fiction or non-fiction from the library or a
teacher’s collection
Internet materials
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Where to get them:
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Bookshare.org
Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic
Project Gutenberg
iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad apps
Commercial Vendors
Computer with internet access
Computer with scanner
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How can ABLE Tech help?
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ABLE Tech is Oklahoma’s Assistive
Technology Act Program and is housed at
OSU in Stillwater
ABLE Tech can serve as an AU for NIMAS
files
ABLE Tech runs a loan library of assistive
technology (AT) so schools may try various
hardware and software to find the right
match for the student before purchasing.
Oklahoma ABLE Tech
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Assistive Technology Act of 1998 as
amended – funded by the U.S. Department
of Education
Lead agency – OSU
Mission is increased access and acquisition
of assistive technology
All ages…All disabilities…Statewide
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4 Activities of ABLE Tech
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Device Short Term Loan
Equipment Demonstration
Device Reutilization
State Financing Activities
http://www.ok.gov/abletech/
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Other ABLE Tech Activities
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Training & technical assistance
Public awareness
Statewide information & referral
Coordination & collaboration
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ABLE Tech Demonstration Centerr
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Located at the Seretean Wellness Center
1514 W. Hall of Fame, Stillwater, OK
Call (405) 744-9748 / (800) 257-1705 to
make an appointment
Hundreds of devices available
Can do distance demonstrations through
Polycom equipment or webinar
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ABLE Tech Equipment Loans
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Device short-term loans to individuals or
organizations for the purpose of:
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Try before they buy
Assessment/evaluation
Allowing individuals/agencies to use interim
equipment while waiting on purchase or repair
Personnel development activities
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ABLE Tech Equipment Loans
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Device loans are provided at no-cost,
including shipping
Types of AT available is limited
Time limited – maximum loan is 42
calendar days (6 weeks)
Limit on the number of devices borrowed at
one time (3)
Some equipment may require a support
professional to be identified
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ABLE Tech Partners
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Department of Rehabilitation Services –
Visual Services Division
Hearing Loss Association of Oklahoma City
New View Oklahoma
The University of Tulsa – Mary K.
Chapman Center for Communicative
Disorders
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ABLE Tech Partners
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Total Source for Hearing Loss and Access
(TSHA)
Oklahoma Department of Career &
Technology Education
Department of Human Services,
Developmental Disabilities Services
Division (DDSD)
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AU Contact Information
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Oklahoma ABLE Tech
OSU Seretean Wellness Center
1514 W. Hall of Fame
Stillwater, OK 74078
(800) 257-1705 or (888) 885-5588
Fax (405) 744-2487
http://www.ok.gov/abletech/
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AU Contact Information
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The AIM Center
Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
300 NE 18th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 522-0982 or (405) 521-4672
Fax (405) 521-4033
www.library.state.ok.us
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AU Contact Information
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Oklahoma School for the Blind
3300 Gibson
Muskogee, OK 74401
(877) 229-7136
(918) 682-6641
http://www.osb.k12.ok.us/
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Other AT/NIMAS Assistance:
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Oklahoma Assistive Technology Center
(OATC) – Stefanie Olson supplied content for this presentation
1600 N. Phillips, Oklahoma City, OK 73104
(405) 271-3625
4502 East 41st Street, Tulsa, OK 74135
(918) 660-3261 or 3279
(800) 700-6282
http://theoatc.org/
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Resources
NIMAS Technical Assistance Center
www.nimas.cast.org
NIMAC
www.nimac.us
Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic
www.rfbd.org
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Resources
Bookshare
www.bookshare.org
Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically
Handicapped
www.state.ok.us/-library
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