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SensusAccess is a self-service solution that automates the conversion of documents into a range of alternate formats including digital Braille, MP3, DAISY structured audio books and e-books. The service can also be used to convert otherwise inaccessible documents such as image-only PDF files, scanned images and Microsoft PowerPoint presentations into more accessible formats.

SensusAccess is intended as a self-service solution for print-impaired students at academic institutions, and complements the disability services usually offered by educational institutions. SensusAccess can furthermore be used by faculty to convert lecture notes and other educational material into accessible formats.

SensusAccess includes support for many languages including American English, British English, Latin American Spanish, Castilian Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Arabic, Danish, Dutch, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Romanian, Lithuanian, Slovenian, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Icelandic, Mandarin, Cantonese, Taiwanese, Korean and Japanese.

A wide range of document types can be submitted to SensusAccess. These include text files, Microsoft Word documents, Microsoft Powerpoint, HTML documents, RTF files, TIFF, GIF, JPEG, BMP, PCX, DCX, J2K, JP2, JPX, DJV and all types of PDF documents.

SensusAccess in Higher Education

SensusAccess is a fully automated service for converting text into a number of alternate formats, thereby offering students with special needs independence, self- sufficiency and privacy. Figures from academic institutions suggest that more than 50 percent of all documents may be converted using the automated features of SensusAccess.

Although most academic institutions offer alternate media services, use of these require advance planning and are usually limited to one or a few alternate formats. With SensusAccess, students may convert documents whenever they are needed - even in the middle of the night, during weekends and breaks, and whilst studying abroad. It is even possible to extend services to alumni with special needs through SensusAccess.

Furthermore, students are not limited to one alternate format only but can have as many as they want to match their life style and study practice.

Maintaining privacy to what you read is key to many students, also to those with a print impairment. Using SensusAccess to convert educational material, bank statements and personal letters and notes into more accessible formats reduce the need to have other people involved in the conversion process.

Providing accessibility services to distance learners, students participating in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) or students in other virtual environments is another challenge that can be addressed with SensusAccess.


License terms

SensusAccess is available to universities, colleges and other academic institutions interested in offering a self-service, alternate media solution to students, alumni and faculty. Subject to a service agreement, SensusAccess can be made available on-campus as well as to online students and alumni.

As a cloud-based service, SensusAccess can be implemented on existing intranets, internets and other digital platforms in just a few hours. While the solution is hosted by Sensus, the interface can be customized to the look-and-feel of the design guidelines of each university or college. Furthermore, an extended range of reporting features is available to monitor the use of the service.

Use of SensusAccess is subject to an annual subscription fee. It is not allowed to resell material produced by SensusAccess. The annual subscription fee is based on the number of enrolled students at an educational institution and provides for unlimited use of the service.

Contact Sensus on to arrange an online demonstration or schedule a visit to your institution. 

More information about SensusAccess

To try out a fully functioning version of SensusAccess with your own documents or to explore available resources, please visit (opens in a new window).