Perfection Learning

 
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Perfection Learning

DMI supports Perfection Learning in making academic books that reach hundreds of thousands of visually disabled students.

Keywords: NIMAS, NIMAC, Accessible Format, Digital Talking Books, Instructional Materials, Academic Publishing


Founded by two educators in 1926, Perfection Learning provides high-quality, innovative curriculum solutions to K-12 schools across the country and internationally. All of the major programs support the Common Core State Standards.

For over 85 years, Perfection Learning has been a leader in literature and language arts programs for grades 6-12. These programs cover the complete range of language arts skills and course areas with both textbooks and supplemental programs. Innovative literature programs provide cost-effective solutions for teaching critical thinking skills and incorporating the new demands of the Common Core State Standards. K-8 reading/language arts solutions include hybrid print/digital handwriting and spelling programs, nonfiction reading, and intervention programs in reading and math.

 

Specialties

Literature, language arts, digital physics curriculum, reading and math intervention, online writing software, foreign languages, communication arts, Common Core trade book collections, test preparation, nonfiction reading, handwriting, spelling, language arts, science, and more.

Website: https://www.perfectionlearning.com/

 

To expand possibilities for people with vision loss, new features in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004) were introduced in 2006 that (NIMAS). The National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC) was designed to provide for the storage and distribution of electronic textbook source files from publishers for students who are blind or print disabled.

The challenge with an academic publisher, such as, Perfection Learning Corp. was to implement NIMAS in its workflow and submit the academic titles produced by them for state adoptions for students disabilities to access, participate, and progress in the general education curriculum.

DMI’s Nimas Division (NIMAS Master) is a trusted production workflow for automated production of NIMAS format. The NIMAS is a technical standard used by publishers to produce source files (in XML) that may be used to develop multiple specialized formats (such as Braille or audio books) for students with print disabilities.

A NIMAS fileset is a set of source files that may be rendered into a variety of output formats, including student-ready versions such as audio books, Braille editions, etc. It is not a post-production product; it is a pre-production product.

NIMAS files are intended for use by publishers, authorized entities, and others to produce accessible versions of printed instructional materials. They are not intended to be used as-is and should not be considered finished products. XML content files in NIMAS filesets must be conformant to the NIMAS 1.1 specification, a subset of the DAISY 2005-2 DTD. By definition, a NIMAS XML file will validate to the NIMAS 1.1 DTD.

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Digital Media Initiatives has expertise in the production of NIMAS fileset, including: MathXML for the inclusion of mathematical content in K–12 instructional materials.

Challenge

  • Design-rich manuscripts
  • Rich, interactive eBooks
  • Multiple languages
  • Global distribution

DMI has been providing NIMAS production and conversion service to Perfection Learning Corp. for the last 10 years. Thousands of titles have been converted into accessible format and uploaded to NIMAC portal.

We have been using DMI for many years to create NIMAC files for our products. DMI has always been very timely in responding to our needs for NIMAS file creation and the files have always passed the NIMAC validation process before being accepted into the repository. DMI is excellent to work with and they have always met the deadlines required or exceeded them. I highly recommend DMI based on their quality, cost, and completion of work.
— Randy K. Messer, Perfection Learning

Impact

Barcelona Publishers depends exclusively on DMI for digital content and distribution. DMI has helped Barcelona Publishers reach a global audience.