What are the NIMAS Development and Technical Assistance Centers?

DO-IT Factsheet #349

The National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) [1] Development and Technical Assistance Centers are two separate cooperative agreements between the Center for Applied Special Technology [2] (CAST) and the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs [3].

According to their website the NIMAS Development Center is charged with advising key stakeholders on the efficient production and distribution of NIMAS-conformant files as well as raising the awareness of the need for these accessible materials. The Development Center's activities will include:

The NIMAS Technical Assistance Center will work to improve the existing standard and explore distribution models. The Technical Assistance Center's activities will include:

For more information on the NIMAS standards and NIMAC consult the DO-IT Knowledge Base articles What is NIMAS? [5] and What is the National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC)? [6]