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Accessible Instructional Materials Resources

Brochure for Administrators
Brochure for Multi-Disciplinary Teams
Brochure for Families - PACER Center and the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials at CAST 

National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM)

National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials' website serves as a national resource to state and district-level educators, parents, publishers, conversion houses, accessible media producers, and others interested in learning more about and implementing Accessible Instructional Materials and NIMAS. At the site:

Learn: Expand your knowledge about Accessible Instructional Materials and some of the legal considerations regarding the use of Accessible Instructional Materials.

  • Accessible Media (Images and Text)

  • Practice (Production and Acquisition & Distribution)

  • Policy (Federal and state Information)

  • Research (AIM Research and UDL Research)

  • History and Archives (NIMAS-Related Archives and Background Papers)

Experience: Interact with accessible instructional materials  through video and other resources.

  • Training and Teaching Resources (Accessible Instructional Materials Product Tutorials and AIM Navigator)

  • Technologies for Accessible Instructional Materials  and NIMAS (Production- NIMAS Files Best Practices and Tools – NIMAS Conversion Tool)

  • Accessible Instructional Materials Across the Curriculum (Math and Science)

Collaborate: Advance accessible instructional materials initiatives through active participation. Create and share knowledge about accessible instructional materials.

  • Accessible Instructional Materials Center Activities and Initiatives (AIM Center, AIM Consortium, Interest Group Survey, Facebook, and YouTube)

  • NIMAS-Related Activities and Resources (NIMAS Center)

Accessible textbooks in the K–12 classroom: an educator’s guide to the acquisition of alternate format core learning materials for pre K–12 students with print disabilities. Stahl, S., Hitchcock C., Hendricks, V., Johnson, M., & Siller, M. (2010).
This Guide is designed to provide educators—administrators, teachers, and paraprofessionals—with effective strategies for acquiring and using accessible, alternate format versions of print instructional materials in the classroom.

Accessible textbooks in the classroom II: selecting specialized formats.  Stahl, S., Zabala, J., Hitchcock, C., & Hendricks, V. (2008).
The third in a series of explorations related to the acquisition and use of accessible instructional materials for elementary and secondary school students with print disabilities, this article provides suggested guidelines for determining which specialized formats and which tools are best suited to a given student’s print-related challenges.

Bookshare offers a variety of training opportunities including, videos, webinars and quick guides. Bookshare Help Center


National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials
Frequently Asked Questions about NIMAS & NIMAC

U. S. Department of Education
Questions and Answers on the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standards (NIMAS)

National Instructional Materials Access Center
Frequently Asked Questions

National Instruction Materials Access Center
Frequently Asked Questions – Teachers, Parents, Students

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
A downloadable PowerPoint slideshow presentation, trainer’s guide, and handouts on the NIMAS

U.S. Department of Education
Questions and Answers about the NIMAS

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