U.S. Department of Education Publishes Guidance on the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard
This month, the U.S. Department of Education published a questions and answers guide for states, state educational agencies, local educational agencies, and other stakeholders on how to best meet the needs of students with disabilities according to the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS).
NIMAS was established in the 2004 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to help students in elementary and secondary schools who require accessible formats for instructional materials.
The guide outlines the history and background of NIMAS and provides a forum for clarification on evolving matters. For example, the guide answers which students are eligible to receive accessible formats, how they should be distributed, whether textbooks must comply with NIMAS requirements, and what the associated costs are for acquiring appropriate instructional materials.