Convert files to an accessible format with SensusAccess

What is SensusAccess

SensusAccess is a web-based, self-service application that allows users to convert documents from text or image-based files into different formats, such as searchable PDFs, audio, Braille, ebook, and more. The converted document will be delivered via email.

SensusAccess offers four different categories of services:

  • Accessibility services: Otherwise inaccessible documents such as image files in GIF, TIFF, JPG, BMP, PCX, DCX, J2K, JP2, JPX, DJV and image-only PDF, as well as all types of PDF files can be converted to more accessible formats including tagged PDF, DOC, DOCX, Word XML, XLS, XLSX, CVS, text, RTF and HTML. The service also supports conversion of Microsoft Office documents into tagged pdf and Microsoft PowerPoint presentations into RTF files and web-projects.
  • Braille services: Transcription of documents to and from contracted and uncontracted Braille in accordance with Braille codes. The documents can be formatted and paginated, and delivered as ready-to-emboss files in a variety of digital Braille formats.
  • Audio services: Conversion into plain MP3 files and well as DAISY Talking Books, including Daisy books with spoken math. 
  • E-book services: Documents can be converted into EPUB, EPUB3, EPUB3 with media overlays and Mobi Pocket (Amazon Kindle) e-book formats. Furthermore, EPUB may be converted into Mobi Pocket and vice versa. To accommodate users with low vision, the baseline of the body text in an e-book may be raised to allow for more appropriate text scaling in mainstream e-book readers.

For more information about the accessible formats, please review the SensusAccess conversion matrix

This service is not recommended for materials containing confidential or private information.

SensusAccess is available to current staff, students, and faculty with a Wesleyan University email address.  The service was established as an initiative of the Campus-wide ADA and Accessibility Compliance Team aimed at fostering an accessible campus environment.

For more information, see the SensusAccess FAQ.

Policies

All users must comply with applicable law, including copyright laws. By using SensusAccess, you assert that you are authorized to access and duplicate these materials, such as appropriate permission or qualification as fair use under the law. Wesleyan's Intellectual Property website can help guide copyright and fair use decisions.

Directions

Follow the steps below to convert your document.  The resulting file will be delivered to you via email.

Resources

Faculty who would like assistance with creating accessible content for their courses are encouraged to contact the Center for Pedagogical Innovation at cpi@wesleyan.edu.