The U.S. Congress adopted the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) as part of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004. NIMAS legislates that one standard is to be used in translating educational materials into an electronic format. The National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC) provides a central depository for those materials from which states then designate Authorized Users (AUs) as contacts for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to be able to access materials for those students who may be blind or visually impaired or have a print disability.
Illinois follows statutory and regulatory requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) and Section 300.172 of the IDEA Regulations. There are currently no additional state statutes or regulations. The Illinois State Board of Education, Department of Special Education and Support Services is the administrator for adherence to the NIMAS. We are also responsible for determining the NIMAC users for the state. Any district/teacher that needs materials from the NIMAC for their students who are blind/visually impaired or have a print disability may contact one of the four state-approved Authorized Users listed below.