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Faculty Outreach - Spreading the Gospel of Alternate Format to the Faculty Front Lines

Proposal No: 2630

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  • Susan Kelmer, Alternate Format Access Coordinator, University of Colorado Boulder

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Length of Session (in hours): 1-hrFormat: Lecture Expertise Level: All Levels Type of session: Not provided

Summary of Session

How the University of Colorado Boulder has been getting the word out to faculty when they have students with alternate format accommodations registered for their courses.


Turning faculty into believers when it comes to alternate format can be a daunting task. Between denials that they need to provide the accommodation, to worry that they don't have the tools to provide the accommodation, faculty often take the Ostrich approach to dealing with the need for alternate format for a student. Through directed outreach to affected faculty, and casual but structured information sessions with lots of room for questions and answers and sharing of experiences, we are getting the word out. For every new believer, we rejoice! Presentation will share some statistics on our outreach, and will also cover many of the more common responses to the followup survey we send to participants in our information sessions.


  1. What is faculty resistence to providing alternate format?
  2. How do we reach out to faculty who are resistent?
  3. What is faculty's reaction once they understand the issue and the solution?

Speaker Bio(s)

Susan Kelmer

Susan Kelmer is the Alternate Format Access Coordinator for Disability Services at the University of Colorado Boulder. She has worked for more than fifteen years to assist students with print disabilities in accessing print materials of all kinds. She has presented multiple sessions at the Accessing Higher Ground Conference and the COLTT conference over the last 12 years. She is currently the Co-Chair of the Access Technologists Higher Education Subcommittee (ATHES) of the Colorado-Wyoming Consortium of Support Programs for Students with Disabilities, and is currently an active member and past secretary of the Access Technologists Higher Education Network (ATHEN).


Faculty Outreach - Spreading the Gospel of Alternate Format to the Faculty Front Lines