On this page you will find the definitions and links to definitions of acronyms and words that you will run across when working with Accessible Instructional Materials. Please tell us if you have another word or phrase that you would like added to the list.
NIMAS/NIMAC Glossary From CAST
Accessible Instructional Materials are materials that are available in specialized formats for students who are blind or other print disabled and are unable to access or read standard print instructional materials.
Specialized formats has the meaning given the term in section 121(d)(4) of title 17, United States Code:
(A) Braille, audio, or digital text which is exclusively for use by blind or other persons with disabilities.
(B) With respect to print instructional materials, includes large print formats when such materials are distributed exclusively for use by blind or other persons with disabilities.
• This is an individual or an organization that produces Accessible Instructional Materials.
• Only AUs can download or assign NIMAS files from the NIMAC.
• In Georgia the AU is Jim Downs at the Georgia Instructional Materials Center.
Exemption from copyright for certain accessible format as applied to a specific eligibility group
• Essentially this exempts the production of braille and specialized audio formats books and large print textbooks from copyright law.
• This is a widely used and highly accessible standard for digital talking books.
• Depending on the producer of the file a DAISY book may contain:
• Digital text with synthesized speech – this allows a wide range of accessibility and navigation features.
• Recorded audio with limited navigation.
• A combination of synchronized digital text and recorded audio.
• Images may be displayed within the text, as hyperlinks in the text, or not included at all.
• The GIMC is a program of the Georgia Department of Education, Division for Special Education Supports. We provide textbooks and core instructional materials in accessible formats, as well as APH materials, to public school students who are blind or visually impaired.
• In addition we serve students who have a physical or specified reading disability by assisting in the acquisition or creation of other appropriate accessible textbook formats.
• The national repository of NIMAS file sets that is maintained by the American Printing House for the Blind. You can get more information about the NIMAC at www.nimac.us
• These files can be downloaded or assigned to an AMP only by an Authorized User.
• This is a file set that contains the information and mark-up language that is used in the creation of user ready DAISY, Braille, and some large print textbooks and core instructional materials.
• This is not an end user file and it can only be provided to an approved accessible media producer.
• NLS is a source of DAISY leisure books and is available to any person that meets the definition of legally blind or physically handicapped. You can get more information at http://www.loc.gov/nls.
• The NLS definitions are the basis of the definitions used in the Chaffee Amendment and the IDEA. You view the eligibility criteria and definitions at http://www.loc.gov/nls/eligible.html
• This is the basis of the NIMAS file set.
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