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As you plan for next school year, remember all curricular materials must be created, or adapted, so they are accessible to all students. If your school district is planning on purchasing materials, contract language should be included that speaks to the publisher’s obligation to provide the materials in an accessible format. Contracts should request curriculum files be placed in the NIMAC at the time of purchase. This ensures the materials are available to all students promptly. Visit the NIMAC website for more information.

Note: Any materials a school district purchases from the state-approved textbook adoption list must be available in an accessible digital format for students. The Oklahoma State Department of Education requires publishers to submit the book files to the National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC), making them available to Accessible Media Producers (AMPs) such as Bookshare.

“Bookshare makes reading easier. People with dyslexia, blindness, cerebral palsy, and other reading barriers can customize their experience to suit their learning style and find virtually any book they need for school, work, and the joy of reading,” according to the Bookshare website.

Bookshare is an excellent resource for teachers and administrators when considering accessible educational materials (AEM).

• Search over 1 million titles.
• Read anywhere.
• Get unlimited access FREE for students and schools.

Search Bookshare for available titles and fill out a book request if you don’t see what you need. ABLE Tech can assist with searching the NIMAC and other repositories to request accessible files from publishers when necessary. Email Dr. Joshua Hawkins for assistance.