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  • 1. AIM and Digital Text
    in Policy & Practice
    SETSIG Forum, ISTE 2010
    Denver, Colorado
    Thanks to Chuck Hitchcock, Chief Officer of Policy and Technology and Joy Zabala, Director of Technical Assistance, AIM Center @ CAST, Inc. for their content contributions.
  • 2. What is NIMAS?
    • NIMAS: a technical standard used by publishers to produce source files (in XML)
    • 3. Legal Definition (IDEA 2004)
    National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard…
    to be used in the preparation of electronic files…
    solely for efficient conversion into specialized formats.
  • 4. Digital Talking Books (DAISY)
    HTML eBooks
    ASCII files
    Word and Rich Text files
    What are Specialized Formats?
  • 10.
    • Students
    • 11. Timely delivery of accessible textbooks
    • 12. Appropriate formats and quality of AIM
    • 13. Breaks down one barrier to the general education curriculum
    • 14. Increases independence of learner
    • 15. Educators
    • 16. Reduces duplication of effort – scanning, time, money
    • 17. Timeliness Increases likelihood specialized formats are available when needed
    • 18. Increases awareness of what is available and how to use it
    • 19. Publishers
    • 20. Consistency – moves away from 50 States = 50 sets of requirements
    • 21. Copyright issues – digital rights
    • 22. Multiple outputs possible from same source file
    • 23. Market model possible for NIMAS files – new customers
    Problems addressed by NIMAS
  • 24.
    • The Library of Congress regulations (36 CFR 701.6(b)(1)) related to the Act to Provide Books for the Adult Blind provide that "blind persons or other persons with print disabilities" include:
    Persons who are Blind
    visual acuity is 20/200 or less; angular distance no more than 20 degrees.
    Persons with Visual Disability
    prevents the reading of standard printed material.
    Persons with Physical Limitations
    unable to read, access, or use standard print
    Persons with a Reading Disability(of organic origin)
    preventing reading printed material in a normal manner.
    Who Qualifies for NIMAS/NIMAC Distributed Materials?
  • 25.
    • Combined assets of the AIM Center, NIMAS Center and the AIM Consortium
    • 26. Old site remainsa while longer
    • 27.
    • 28. with notice on home
    • 29. later with redirects to new site
    • 30. New website:
    • 31.
    New National Center on AIM Website
  • 32. Sign up from AIM Website
    HTML Edition
    AIM Connector
  • 33. AIM Center Twitter account
    AIM Center Facebook page:
    AIM Center Webinar & Presentation Schedule
    Other ways to connect to the AIM Center
  • 34. Key Questions When Investigating Repositories of Accessible Text
    • What is the nature of the collections? (e.g., subject area collections, textbooks, periodicals, trade books, etc.)
    • 35. What formats are available from the repository? (e.g., .txt, .rtf, .doc, .docx, .pdf, etc.)
    • 36. Is there a cost to access the files in the repository?
    • AIM Explorer
    • 37. AIM Navigator
    • 38. soon
    • 39. AIM Implementation Guide
    • 40. Available from:
    AIM Consortium Products for All States