Massachusetts

State Education Agency Information

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

ADDRESS
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906
PHONE
(781) 338-3000
TTY
(800) 439-2370
DIRECTORY

 

State NIMAS/NIMAC Coordinator

Susan Hargrave, Instructional Technology Specialist and NIMAS/NIMAC Coordinator

ADDRESS
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148
PHONE
(781) 338-6844
EMAIL
shargrave [at] doe [dot] mass [dot] edu

 

AIM and NIMAS Web Site Resources at State Education Agency

The MA ESE's NIMAS information is available via the following web page portal:
Opens new windowhttp://www.doe.mass.edu/odl/.

Information specific to the adoption of the NIMAS is provided via a Special Education Department memo outlining state and district responsibilities and posted online:
Opens new windowhttp://www.doe.mass.edu/sped/2006/nimas.html.

An August, 2009 memo addresses district responsibilities:
Opens new windowhttp://www.doe.mass.edu/news/news.aspx?id=4965.

Instructional Materials Acquisition (adoption or open territory)

Massachusetts is an open territory state with no centralized textbook acquisition. The selection and purchase of textbooks and instructional materials is a local district activity.

SEA Policies and Practices

SEA adopts NIMAS?
Yes
SEA coordinates with the NIMAC?
Yes
LEAs coordinate with the NIMAC?
Yes

NIMAC Authorized User(s)

[Massachusetts'] Accessible Instructional Materials Library: Opens new windowhttp://www.aimlibrary.org/

Bookshare: Opens new windowwww.bookshare.org

Carroll Center for the Blind: Opens new windowhttp://www.carroll.org/

Perkins School for the Blind: Opens new windowhttp://www.perkins.org/

Learning Ally: Opens new windowhttp://www.learningally.org/

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education: Opens new windowhttp://www.doe.mass.edu/

Selected Accessible Media Producers (AMPs)

No information has been provided regarding the SEA's accessible media producers.

State Definition of Timely Manner for the Delivery of AIM to Students

Each year, the vast majority of districts sign a Grant Assurances Document (Opens new windowhttp://www.doe.mass.edu/grants/default.html), which includes the following:

a. Timely delivery of accessible materials. The district hereby assures that it will take all reasonable steps to provide print instructional materials in accessible formats to students with disabilities (who need those materials) at the same time as other students receive print instructional materials.

b. Participation in the NIMAC—The district hereby assures that it will participate in the National Instructional Materials Center (NIMAC). When purchasing core instructional print materials published after July 19, 2006, the district will enter into a written contract with the publisher requiring the publisher to send (at no additional cost) to the National Instructional Materials Center (NIMAC) electronic files containing the contents of the print instructional materials using the NIMAS standard, on or before delivery of the print instructional materials. This does not preclude the district from purchasing or obtaining accessible materials directly from the publisher.

AIM-Related State Laws and Regulations

MA's Special Education IDEA and NIMAS site page:
Opens new windowhttp://www.doe.mass.edu/sped/2006/nimas.html?section=attach

Parent Information & Advocacy Resources

NIMAS/AIM brochure (PDF):
Opens new windowhttp://www.doe.mass.edu/edtech/assistive/nimas_brochure.pdf

MA's Special Education Parent Information site page:
Opens new windowhttp://www.doe.mass.edu/sped/parents.html

SEA Web Links

 

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Last Updated: 08/22/2013

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