National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials at CAST
The National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials, hosted by the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), serves as a resource to educators, parents, publishers, and others interested in learning more about accessible instructional materials (AIM) and the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS). Its website provides information on acquiring and creating materials in alternate formats to support access to the general curriculum by students with print disabilities.
Under the “Learn” tab visitors to the website will find information on AIM basics, from determining who qualifies as having a “print disability” for AIM to various forms of AIM and information on which students would benefit most from one particular format(s) or another. The website is also a valuable source for updated information on AIM policies on the federal, state, and local levels.
The “Experience” tab provides tutorials on AIM products and services for use in classrooms and at home, and offers detailed, practical instructions on the use of AIM. The AIM Navigator found here is a tool that uses a question-and-answer format to guide users through the selection and use of AIM by IEP teams. The Technologies for AIM and NIMAS section focuses on the production and use of AIM in a variety of formats and includes information on content development, creating NIMAS files, conversion services, digital talking books, and hardware and software for AIM. A section entitled AIM Across the Curriculum addresses products and solutions for access to the general curriculum categorized by content area, including Math, Science, English/Language Arts, Social Studies, and Reading.
For additional information: