Tennessee AIM CENTER

Supporting Accessible Instructional Materials in Tennessee

AIM Glossary

Accessible Instructional Materials are instructional materials in specialized formats for students with print disabilities.  The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA 2004) established the legal foundation, qualifications, expectations for use, and established a national accessible file standard that publisher can use to make their books accessible to people with print disabilities.

AIM stands for Accessible Instructional Materials.  

Bookshare.org is a nationwide provider of digital text materials that can read aloud and/or displayed on a variety different devices.

Chaffee Amendment    is an amendment to the 1920 Copyright Act that allows for additional copies of materials like books to be made in special formats for people with print disabilities.

ISBN International standard book number, a ten-digit number assigned to every book before publication, recording such details as language, provenance, and publisher.

Learning Ally  is a nationwide provider of audio versions of books, including many textbooks.   Learning Ally services are subscription based with pricing options for individuals, teachers, and schools.

NIMAC stands for National Instructional Materials Access Center.   NIMAC is an online repository of accessible instructional materials.

NIMAS stands for the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard, which is an electronic file format bases on the .xml markup language.   It is important because this standardized file format allows publishers to create version of their books, textbooks, and other materials in this format which can then be used by others to produce braille, electronic text, and audio versions of instructional materials.  NIMAS was created by the

NCIAM stands for the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials.   This organizations is part of CAST.org and is hosted aim.cast.org which is leading resource for information about making learning accessible through Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

UDL stands for Universal Design for Learning.  UDL is a research based instructional framework designed to make learning more accessible for all learners.


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