Alternate Format: It’s Not Just Handing a Student a Publisher PDF


Presented at 10:30am in Standley I Lab on Monday, November 14, 2016.



  • Susan Kelmer, Alternate Format Production Program Manager, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Pamela Starks, Assistive Technology Assistant, Front Range Community College

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 5-6 hr
  • Format:
  • Expertise Level: Not provided
  • Type of session: Pre-conference


Alternate format production processes for the beginner-to-intermediate participant. Session will be interactive, allowing participants to try different software and hardware. Attendees should come away with solid information on how to provide students with alternate format and an understanding of the industry’s best practices.


The alternate format process can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right processes, tools, and staffing, the alternate format process can move smoothly from first student request to provision of effective alternate format. This lab-based presentation will allow you to practice all the steps involved in alternate format production, and to learn all of the best practices and helpful shortcuts needed to run efficient alternate format production for your students. We will talk about recommended hardware and software for getting the job done, as well as share our working alternate format processes. Takeaways will include a complete alternate format production manual and access to some basic tools like a sample Excel database and request forms. This session is intended for beginner to intermediate-level.


  1. Attendees will learn about best practices in production techniques for alternate format.
  2. Attendees will practice with the software used to create alternate format.
  3. Attendees will learn about processes for acquisition, workflow, and tracking of production.

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Vision

Topic Areas

Alternate Format

Speaker Bio(s)

Susan Kelmer

Ms. Kelmer has been working with alternate format and accessible technology for more than 20 years in a higher education environment. Currently she works at the University of Colorado Boulder in the Alternate Format Production and Access Center, where alternate format materials for students with print disabilities are produced. She also consults with other departments on campus and other campuses about alternate format and how to produce materials effectively. She has presented at multiple AHG conferences in the last 20 years.

Pamela Starks

Pam Starks is the Assistive Technology Specialist for the Disability Services office at the Boulder County Campus of Front Range Community College. She has worked in the field of assistive technology for more than fifteen years. Pam assists students in finding technology tools for their success each semester.


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