The Nuts and Bolts: Alternate Format Production Intensive

Presented at 10:30am in Gov Square 15 (Lab) on Monday, November 15, 2021.



  • Susan Kelmer, Alternate Format Production Program Manager, University of Colorado Boulder

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 5-6-hr
  • Format: Lab
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: Pre-conference


Alternate Format Production is a requirement for Disability Services offices on almost every university and college campus. This session will walk you through from request to delivery of alternate format materials for students with print disabilities, with a focus on the tools and methods you will need to do the job right.


There are always new tools and methods for producing alternate format, but all of them rest on a good base of tried-and-true tools, efficient processes, and best practice methods. If you don't have that base, it's going to be hard to produce and track quality alternate format materials for your student.

This day-long, hands-on session will walk you through alternate format production starting with the student's request and moving through how to acquire files, how to process files into the format the student needs, how to track your requests and processing, and how to distribute files to your students.

In addition to the learning and practice provided in the session, you will receive an electronic copy of my 2021 alternate format production manual, as well as sample forms that can be adapted for your own use.

This course is intended for beginner and intermediate alternate format producers.


  1. Consistent, quality production of alternate format is critical for your students.
  2. Knowing what tools to use for each step of the alternate format process is critical.
  3. Efficient, effective processes can make production easier, quicker, and quality output.

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Vision

Topic Areas

Accessible Educational Materials, Alternate Format, Assistive Technology, Uncategorized

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.