The OSPI has elected to coordinate with the National
Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC). School districts have the option
of coordinating with NIMAC.
later than December 3, 2006, a school district that chooses to coordinate with
NIMAC, when purchasing print instructional materials, including digital
instructional materials, must acquire those instructional materials in
accordance with subsection (2) of this section.
If a school district chooses to
coordinate with the NIMAC, as of December 3, 2006, it must:
As part of any print instructional
materials adoption process, procurement contract, or other practice or
instrument used for purchase of print instructional materials, must enter into
a written contract with the publisher of the print instructional materials to:
(i) Require the publisher to prepare and, on
or before delivery of the print instructional materials, provide to NIMAC
electronic files containing the contents of the print instructional materials
using the NIMAS; or
instructional materials from the publisher that are produced in, or may be
rendered in, specialized formats.
(b) Make all reasonable attempts to provide
instructional materials to blind persons or other persons with print
disabilities in a timely manner.
(c) In carrying out this section, the school
district, to the maximum extent possible, must work with the state
instructional resources center.
For the purposes of this section:
Blind persons or other persons with print
disabilities means students served under this part who may qualify to receive
books and other publications produced in specialized formats in accordance with
the act entitled "An Act to provide books for adult blind," approved March 3,
(b) National Instructional Materials Access
Center or NIMAC means the center established pursuant to section 674(e) of the
(c) National Instructional
Materials Accessibility Standard or NIMAS has the meaning given the term in
section 674 (e)(3)(B) of the act;
(d) Specialized formats has the meaning given
the term in section 674 (e)(3)(D) of the act.
(4) The definitions in subsection (3) of this
section apply to each school district, whether or not the school district
chooses to coordinate with the NIMAC.
(5) Nothing in this section shall be
construed to require a school district to coordinate with the NIMAC.
(6) If a school district chooses not to
coordinate with the NIMAC, the school district must provide an assurance to the
OSPI that the school district will provide instructional materials to blind
persons or other persons with print disabilities by other means in a timely
(7) Nothing in this section
relieves a school district of its responsibility to ensure that students
eligible for special education services who need instructional materials in
accessible formats but are not included under the definition of blind or other
persons with print disabilities or who need materials that cannot be produced
from NIMAS files, receive those instructional materials in a timely