NIMASNational Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard
NIMASNational Independent Medical Aid Society (est. 1951; South Africa)
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NIMAS establishes a uniform electronic (or digital) format for textbooks and related materials called a source file.
While a student's Individualized Education Plan (IEP) team makes decisions regarding instruction programing, modifications, and accommodations that will be needed, including the need for accessible instructional materials, decisions regarding who is eligible to utilize NIMAS materials are governed by the Act to Provide Books for the Adult Blind, originally passed in 1931.
NIMAC is a national repository of NIMAS source files maintained and coordinated by the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) in Louisville, Kentucky (
Beginning in August of 2006, whenever a local school district or state educational agency makes a purchase of print instructional materials, it must also contract with 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.
A victim of one of the deadliest local car accidents in 30 years, Nima never came home that evening.
In the days following, her bedroom became a central focus for Sianis-Gibba and her husband, Eliman Gibba, Nima's father.
They would box up Nima's toys, clothes, books and other personal effects, and give them to children in need on the trip they had long planned to take in December 2010 to Eliman Gibba's home nation of Gambia in west Africa.
Today, nearly three years since the car accident that took their daughter, the couple is working to expand this generosity through Nima's Wish Foundation.