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NIMAS: Providing Accessible Materials for Students with Print Disabilities Oklahoma ABLE Tech Linda Jaco NIMAS: Providing Accessible Materials for Students with Print Disabilities Oklahoma ABLE Tech Linda Jaco Tessa Stinnett 5 th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute 2010

Questions answered in this Session: What is NIMAS? n What is NIMAC? n Who Questions answered in this Session: What is NIMAS? n What is NIMAC? n Who is eligible to use accessible texts? n How do I get accessible texts? n How do my students use accessible texts? n How can ABLE Tech help? n 5 th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute 2010

What is NIMAS? N n. I n. M n. A n. S n National What is NIMAS? N n. I n. M n. A n. S n National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard 5 th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute 2010

What is NIMAS? A provision in the ‘ 04 reauthorization of IDEA n Intended What is NIMAS? A provision in the ‘ 04 reauthorization of IDEA n Intended to maximize access to the general curriculum for students who have print disabilities due to vision, learning, cognitive, or physical disabilities. n 5 th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute 2010

What is NIMAS? NIMAS is a technical standard for use by book publishers. n What is NIMAS? NIMAS is a technical standard for use by book publishers. n The standard enables publishers to produce source files (in XML). n XML files may be used to develop other specialized formats for students who have print disabilities. n 5 th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute 2010

What is NIMAS? n The other specialized formats may include: n n Audio (MP What is NIMAS? n The other specialized formats may include: n n Audio (MP 3) Braille Digital text Large print 5 th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute 2010

How does XML work? K-12 book publishers, SEAs, and LEAs submit textbook files to How does XML work? K-12 book publishers, SEAs, and LEAs submit textbook files to NIMAC. n NIMAC is the National Instructional Materials Access Center. n NIMAC is a central repository for source files in the NIMAS format. n 5 th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute 2010

How does XML work? Submit textbook files to NIMAC. n The book is XML How does XML work? Submit textbook files to NIMAC. n The book is XML tagged. n Result is an XML-tagged file of the book. n 5 th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute 2010

Start with the Textbook NICHCY, 2007 5 th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute 2010 Start with the Textbook NICHCY, 2007 5 th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute 2010

XML-tagged File 5 th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute 2010 NICHCY, 2007 XML-tagged File 5 th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute 2010 NICHCY, 2007

NIMAC Responsibilities: n Maintain a catalog of print instructional materials prepared in the NIMAS NIMAC Responsibilities: n Maintain a catalog of print instructional materials prepared in the NIMAS made available by the textbook publishing industry, SEAs, and LEAs. 5 th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute 2010

NIMAC Responsibilities: n Provide access to print instructional materials including textbooks, in accessible media, NIMAC Responsibilities: n Provide access to print instructional materials including textbooks, in accessible media, free of charge, to blind or other persons with print disabilities in elementary and secondary schools. 5 th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute 2010

NIMAC Responsibilities: n Develop, adopt and publish procedures to protect against copyright infringement with NIMAC Responsibilities: n Develop, adopt and publish procedures to protect against copyright infringement with respect to the print instructional materials. 5 th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute 2010

Why NIMAS/NIMAC? Specifically: IDEA-04 34 CFR 300. 172 Access to instructional materials n Generally: Why NIMAS/NIMAC? Specifically: IDEA-04 34 CFR 300. 172 Access to instructional materials n Generally: n n n Students with disabilities need access to instructional materials They need the materials at the same time other children receive their materials. 5 th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute 2010

Why NIMAS/NIMAC n Research shows educational programs for students who have disabilities are more Why NIMAS/NIMAC n Research shows educational programs for students who have disabilities are more effective when teams have high expectations and ensure access to the general education curriculum to the maximum extent possible. 5 th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute 2010

Who is eligible to use NIMAS files? n Only available to K-12 students who: Who is eligible to use NIMAS files? n Only available to K-12 students who: n n Have print disabilities as defined by the Chafee Amendment to copyright law, and Have an IEP. 5 th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute 2010

Eligibility as Defined by Chafee Disability Qualified/Not Qualified Examples of Certifying Professionals Qualified A Eligibility as Defined by Chafee Disability Qualified/Not Qualified Examples of Certifying Professionals Qualified A family doctor, ophthalmologist, optometrist, Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Special Education teacher Certification from the National Library Service Qualified A family doctor or other medical professional, physical therapist, resource specialist, Special Education teacher Learning or Reading Disability Students with a severe enough disability, and a professional certifying that the disability has a physical basis A neurologist, psychiatrist, learning disability specialist, Special Education teacher, school psychologist, or clinical psychologist with a background in learning disabilities Autism Emotional disabilities ADHD ESL and ELL Not qualified, unless accompanied by a visual or Examples above physical disability, or a qualified reading disability that has a physical basis Visual Impairment (VI), such as blind or low vision Physical Disability (PD) which affects one’s ability to read print, such as inability to hold a book or turn pages Record of disability kept at school!

The Big Picture 4— Authorized users prepare specialized formats for children 3— NIMAC does The Big Picture 4— Authorized users prepare specialized formats for children 3— NIMAC does its magic! 5 th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute 2010 1— SEAs or LEAs “adoption” 2— K-12 publishers submit filesets NICHCY, 2007

How do the XML files help students? NIMAC Authorized Users (AUs) in each state How do the XML files help students? NIMAC Authorized Users (AUs) in each state convert the XML files to the format the students can use (audio, Braille, large print, digital text). n AUs in Oklahoma: n n n The AIM Center Oklahoma School for the Blind Oklahoma ABLE Tech Contact information on the last slide 5 th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute 2010

Search the NIMAC You can search the NIMAC even though you’re not an AU. Search the NIMAC You can search the NIMAC even though you’re not an AU. n Only AUs can download files or assign them to an AMP (accessible media producer) to be converted to the appropriate format(s) for the students. n 5 th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute 2010

If you Request a NIMAS file through an AU: The AU will deliver a If you Request a NIMAS file through an AU: The AU will deliver a converted XML file to you in the appropriate format for your student (audio, Braille, digital text, large print) n AU may charge a fee for conversion. n You’ll need the appropriate hardware or software to make the file “usable” for the student. n 5 th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute 2010

Examples of Hardware Victor Stream Reader n Class. Mate Reader n Intel Reader n Examples of Hardware Victor Stream Reader n Class. Mate Reader n Intel Reader n Braille. Note Apex n MP 3 players/i. Pods n Other n 5 th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute 2010

Examples of Software Read: Out. Loud n Wynn or Open. Book n Kurzweil 1000 Examples of Software Read: Out. Loud n Wynn or Open. Book n Kurzweil 1000 or 3000 n Zoom. Text n Jaws or Window Eyes n Text. Help n 5 th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute 2010

Note about AT Purchase & Transition n OSDE’s Assistive Technology Technical Assistance Document describes Note about AT Purchase & Transition n OSDE’s Assistive Technology Technical Assistance Document describes how to transfer AT to a different agency when a student transitions through a sale of the item at a depreciated cost. 4 th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute 2009

What about Non-Textbook Materials? Newspapers n Fiction or non-fiction from the library or a What about Non-Textbook Materials? Newspapers n Fiction or non-fiction from the library or a teacher’s collection n Internet materials n 5 th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute 2010

Where to get them: Bookshare. org n Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic n Where to get them: Bookshare. org n Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic n Project Gutenberg n i. Phone/i. Pod Touch/i. Pad apps n Commercial Vendors n Computer with internet access n Computer with scanner n 5 th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute 2010

How can ABLE Tech help? ABLE Tech is Oklahoma’s Assistive Technology Act Program and How can ABLE Tech help? ABLE Tech is Oklahoma’s Assistive Technology Act Program and is housed at OSU in Stillwater n ABLE Tech can serve as an AU for NIMAS files n ABLE Tech runs a loan library of assistive technology (AT) so schools may try various hardware and software to find the right match for the student before purchasing. n

Oklahoma ABLE Tech Assistive Technology Act of 1998 as amended – funded by the Oklahoma ABLE Tech Assistive Technology Act of 1998 as amended – funded by the U. S. Department of Education n Lead agency – OSU n Mission is increased access and acquisition of assistive technology n All ages…All disabilities…Statewide n 4 th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute 2009

4 Activities of ABLE Tech Device Short Term Loan n Equipment Demonstration n Device 4 Activities of ABLE Tech Device Short Term Loan n Equipment Demonstration n Device Reutilization n State Financing Activities n http: //www. ok. gov/abletech/ 4 th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute 2009

Other ABLE Tech Activities Training & technical assistance n Public awareness n Statewide information Other ABLE Tech Activities Training & technical assistance n Public awareness n Statewide information & referral n Coordination & collaboration n 4 th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute 2009

ABLE Tech Demonstration Centerr Located at the Seretean Wellness Center 1514 W. Hall of ABLE Tech Demonstration Centerr Located at the Seretean Wellness Center 1514 W. Hall of Fame, Stillwater, OK n Call (405) 744 -9748 / (800) 257 -1705 to make an appointment n Hundreds of devices available n Can do distance demonstrations through Polycom equipment or webinar n 4 th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute 2009

ABLE Tech Equipment Loans n Device short-term loans to individuals or organizations for the ABLE Tech Equipment Loans n Device short-term loans to individuals or organizations for the purpose of: n n Try before they buy Assessment/evaluation Allowing individuals/agencies to use interim equipment while waiting on purchase or repair Personnel development activities 4 th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute 2009

ABLE Tech Equipment Loans Device loans are provided at no-cost, including shipping n Types ABLE Tech Equipment Loans Device loans are provided at no-cost, including shipping n Types of AT available is limited n Time limited – maximum loan is 42 calendar days (6 weeks) n Limit on the number of devices borrowed at one time (3) n Some equipment may require a support professional to be identified n 4 th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute 2009

ABLE Tech Partners Department of Rehabilitation Services – Visual Services Division n Hearing Loss ABLE Tech Partners Department of Rehabilitation Services – Visual Services Division n Hearing Loss Association of Oklahoma City n New View Oklahoma n The University of Tulsa – Mary K. Chapman Center for Communicative Disorders n 4 th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute 2009

ABLE Tech Partners Total Source for Hearing Loss and Access (TSHA) n Oklahoma Department ABLE Tech Partners Total Source for Hearing Loss and Access (TSHA) n Oklahoma Department of Career & Technology Education n Department of Human Services, Developmental Disabilities Services Division (DDSD) n 4 th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute 2009

AU Contact Information n Oklahoma ABLE Tech OSU Seretean Wellness Center 1514 W. Hall AU Contact Information n Oklahoma ABLE Tech OSU Seretean Wellness Center 1514 W. Hall of Fame Stillwater, OK 74078 (800) 257 -1705 or (888) 885 -5588 Fax (405) 744 -2487 http: //www. ok. gov/abletech/ 5 th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute 2010

AU Contact Information n The AIM Center Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically AU Contact Information n The AIM Center Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped 300 NE 18 th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73105 (405) 522 -0982 or (405) 521 -4672 Fax (405) 521 -4033 www. library. state. ok. us 5 th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute 2010

AU Contact Information n Oklahoma School for the Blind 3300 Gibson Muskogee, OK 74401 AU Contact Information n Oklahoma School for the Blind 3300 Gibson Muskogee, OK 74401 (877) 229 -7136 (918) 682 -6641 http: //www. osb. k 12. ok. us/ 5 th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute 2010

Other AT/NIMAS Assistance: n Oklahoma Assistive Technology Center (OATC) – Stefanie Olson supplied content Other AT/NIMAS Assistance: n Oklahoma Assistive Technology Center (OATC) – Stefanie Olson supplied content for this presentation 1600 N. Phillips, Oklahoma City, OK 73104 (405) 271 -3625 4502 East 41 st Street, Tulsa, OK 74135 (918) 660 -3261 or 3279 (800) 700 -6282 http: //theoatc. org/ 4 th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute 2009

Resources NIMAS Technical Assistance Center www. nimas. cast. org NIMAC www. nimac. us Reading Resources NIMAS Technical Assistance Center www. nimas. cast. org NIMAC www. nimac. us Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic www. rfbd. org 5 th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute 2010

Resources Bookshare www. bookshare. org Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped www. Resources Bookshare www. bookshare. org Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped www. state. ok. us/-library 5 th Annual Oklahoma Transition Institute 2010