The National Instructional Materials Accessibility Center (NIMAC)
The NIMAC, established in Louisville, Kentucky, receives and catalogs publishers' electronic files of print instructional materials in the NIMAS format. The center then provides these standardized source files to those who have been authorized to obtain them in order to produce textbooks and other core print instructional materials for blind, visually impaired, and print-disabled students.
Table of State Coordination
Summary table indicating whether states have selected to coordinate with the NIMAC. Note that all fifty states and the District of Columbia have indicated that they plan to coordinate with the NIMAC and updates will be posted when each Annual State Application under Part B of IDEA 2004 is amended.
NIMAC Metadata Document Downloads
An annotated list of metadata fields required by the NIMAC as part of NIMAS fileset submission to the national repository. Includes notes and examples. Note that NIMAC metadata requirements are in addition to the requirements of the NIMAS 1.1 specification for filesets. Includes a full version sample OPF file with NIMAC metadata, NIMAS metadata, history, and comments. (Go to CAST's post of the NIMAC sample OPF as Exemplar 9 to view a sample NIMAC OPF file in XML and in Word without history and comments, or to download the history and comments as a separate Word document.)
Authorized Users (AUs)
- Designating AUs This PowerPoint document explains who coordinates with the NIMAC, what they need to do, and how authorized users of the NIMAC Repository are designated.
- Authorized User Registration Process Provides instructions for an Authorized User selected by the SEA to register with the NIMAC using the Limitation of Use Agreement.
Forms and Agreements
- NIMAC Coordination Agreement Authorized representatives of educational agencies that have chosen to coordinate with the NIMAC must submit this coordination agreement to the Repository in order to obtain filesets.
- NIMAC Limitation-of-Use Agreement The NIMAC Limitation-of-Use Agreement is required of authorized users of the Repository.
- State Coordination Registration Process Provides instructions for SEA NIMAS Coordinator or other SEA representative to complete and submit the NIMAC Coordination Agreement.
- The NIMAC FAQ
A FAQ about the NIMAC, implementation schedule, copyright, digital rights, and more.
- Accessible Media Producers (AMPs) and the National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC) This web page explains AMPs' role in the NIMAC in a FAQ format.
See also the Primary Contacts for NIMAS/NIMAC document.