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Alternative Formats in Higher Education: History, Trends, Current Practices and Challenges

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
2:00 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. EST

Cost: Free

Format: Webinar

Where: Online/Web-based

Sponsored By:

TransCen, Inc. and the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center


Availability of textbooks, exams and other course materials in alternative text formats has made higher education accessible for many students with disabilities. Dan Newsome and Krithika Mutuguppe from the University of Maryland’s Accessibility & Disability Service (ADS) will take a comprehensive look at alternative formats at colleges and universities. This presentation will include a discussion of the history of alternative formats, including developments in new technology and the changes in production of alternative format documents over the years. We will learn the practices and procedures ADS uses to get necessary course texts converted into the high quality alternative formats that students need. Our speakers will look at major challenges (for example: STEAM - Science, Technology, Engineering (and the Arts) and Math for blind students) and hopes for alternative format production in the future. Time-permitting, participants from other institutions will be invited to contribute their ideas and practices to the discussion.


Deadline to Register - May 21, 2018

To register, go to

Presentation handouts will be available prior to the webinar session. Continuing Education Recognition Available: Certificate of Participation.

This webinar will be presented via the Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing platform. Real-time captioning will be available through the webinar platform. A telephone conference option will also available should you choose not to use the webinar platform. Information on accessing the webinar platform and the telephone conference number will be provided prior to the session.

Contact For More Information:

Mid-Atlantic ADA Center
Phone: 301-217-0124 (v/tty)
Web: Mid-Atlantic ADA Center

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