With the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), in 2004, the necessity for states and districts to provide accessible instructional materials, for students with print-related disabilities, was more clearly defined. States were required to adopt a new file format, the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS). The reauthorization of IDEA also created a national file repository to facilitate easier access to these electronic files. These changes were made to ensure that students with print-related disabilities receive their instructional materials in a timely manner.
Eligibility for access to this repository of files, the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Center (NIMAC), is coordinated through the Wyoming Department of Education, Special Programs Division. For more information about the eligibility requirements and process, contact Leslie Bechtel Van Orman (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 307-856-5652.
In order to support districts in providing accessible instructional materials to their students in a timely manner, the Wyoming Department of Education contracts with the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) to provide access to the NIMAC repository for students who are eligible and to provide additional technical assistance related to the provision of accessible materials. As part of this contract, WIND maintains a website, which is a good resource for school district personnel: http://www.uwyo.edu/wind/nimas/.