AIM and Digital Text<br />in Policy & Practice<br />SETSIG Forum, ISTE 2010<br />Denver, Colorado<br />Thanks to Chuck Hi...
What is NIMAS?<br /><ul><li>NIMAS: a technical standard used by publishers to produce source files (in XML)
Legal Definition (IDEA 2004)</li></ul>National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard… <br />to be used in the pre...
<ul><li>Braille
Embossed
Digital .brf
Audio
Large Print
Digital Text</li></ul> Digital Talking Books (DAISY)<br />HTML eBooks<br />ASCII files<br />Word and Rich Text files<br />...
<ul><li>Students
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  1. 1. AIM and Digital Text<br />in Policy & Practice<br />SETSIG Forum, ISTE 2010<br />Denver, Colorado<br />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.<br />
  2. 2. What is NIMAS?<br /><ul><li>NIMAS: a technical standard used by publishers to produce source files (in XML)
  3. 3. Legal Definition (IDEA 2004)</li></ul>National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard… <br />to be used in the preparation of electronic files…<br /> solely for efficient conversion into specialized formats. <br />
  4. 4. <ul><li>Braille
  5. 5. Embossed
  6. 6. Digital .brf
  7. 7. Audio
  8. 8. Large Print
  9. 9. Digital Text</li></ul> Digital Talking Books (DAISY)<br />HTML eBooks<br />ASCII files<br />Word and Rich Text files<br />PDF<br />Etc.<br />What are Specialized Formats?<br />
  10. 10. <ul><li>Students
  11. 11. Timely delivery of accessible textbooks
  12. 12. Appropriate formats and quality of AIM
  13. 13. Breaks down one barrier to the general education curriculum
  14. 14. Increases independence of learner
  15. 15. Educators
  16. 16. Reduces duplication of effort – scanning, time, money
  17. 17. Timeliness Increases likelihood specialized formats are available when needed
  18. 18. Increases awareness of what is available and how to use it
  19. 19. Publishers
  20. 20. Consistency – moves away from 50 States = 50 sets of requirements
  21. 21. Copyright issues – digital rights
  22. 22. Multiple outputs possible from same source file
  23. 23. Market model possible for NIMAS files – new customers</li></ul>Problems addressed by NIMAS<br />
  24. 24. <ul><li>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:</li></ul>Persons who are Blind<br />visual acuity is 20/200 or less; angular distance no more than 20 degrees. <br />Persons with Visual Disability <br />prevents the reading of standard printed material. <br />Persons with Physical Limitations<br /> unable to read, access, or use standard print <br />Persons with a Reading Disability(of organic origin) <br /> preventing reading printed material in a normal manner. <br />Who Qualifies for NIMAS/NIMAC Distributed Materials?<br />
  25. 25. <ul><li>Combined assets of the AIM Center, NIMAS Center and the AIM Consortium
  26. 26. Old site remainsa while longer
  27. 27. http://nimas.cast.org
  28. 28. with notice on home
  29. 29. later with redirects to new site
  30. 30. New website:
  31. 31. http://aim.cast.org</li></ul>New National Center on AIM Website<br />
  32. 32. Sign up from AIM Website <br />Homepage<br />HTML Edition<br />http://bit.ly/d5JGQv<br />AIM Connector<br />
  33. 33. AIM Center Twitter account<br />http://twitter.com/aim_center<br />AIM Center Facebook page: <br />http://www.facebook.com/pages/National-Center-on-AIM<br />AIM Center Webinar & Presentation Schedule<br />http://aim.cast.org/experience/training/presentations<br />Other ways to connect to the AIM Center <br />
  34. 34. Key Questions When Investigating Repositories of Accessible Text<br /><ul><li>What is the nature of the collections? (e.g., subject area collections, textbooks, periodicals, trade books, etc.)
  35. 35. What formats are available from the repository? (e.g., .txt, .rtf, .doc, .docx, .pdf, etc.)
  36. 36. Is there a cost to access the files in the repository?</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>AIM Explorer
  37. 37. AIM Navigator
  38. 38. soon
  39. 39. AIM Implementation Guide
  40. 40. Available from: http://aim.cast.org</li></ul>AIM Consortium Products for All States<br />

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