SensusAccess is a free tool that's available to all SPU faculty and students. The tool can convert file formats into other formats or more accessible formats, such as making a PDF more accessible, creating an audio translation of a file, an ebook or creating a file in Daisy or Braille format.  

Files are converted in a "fast-food" style format, so while documents become more accessible, they may still be imperfect and students with accommodations should still work with Disability Support Services.


Files need to be of good quality and may require some editing after the conversion through SensusAccess.

Using the Tool

Go to the Disability Support Services page about the Online Text Conversion Tool to get started.

Additional Information

Benefits of SensusAccess

  • Convert file types to a more desirable format

  • Tool is self-service, individuals do not need an accommodation to use this tool

  • Available to anyone at SPU to use

  • Single or Multiple files uploaded files can be converted right away (depending on file size and complexity)

  • This service is provided only for personal, non-commercial instructional and educational use

  • Further distribution of the files received from SensusAccess is prohibited

  • The end user is responsible for complying with all applicable requirements of US copyright law in making use of this service

  • The end user is liable for any infringement

File Formats

  • Uploaded files need to be less than 64MB

  • SensusAccess only supports:
    .DOC, .DOCX, .PDF, .PPT, .PPTX, .TXT, .XML, .HTML, .HTM, .RTF, .EPUB, .MOBI, .TIFF, .TIF, .GIF, .JPG, .JPEG, .BMP, .PNG, .PCX, .DCX, .J2K, .JP2, .JPX, .DJV and .ASC.

  • File, URL, & Texts are accepted for conversion

Converted Files

  • In MP3, can convert to male or female voices

  • In MP3, can convert into different languages:
    Including: English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Welsh, and more.

  • Accessibility conversion means you can convert into either: Microsoft word, rich text format, PDF, Microsoft Excel, CSV, Windows text, or an HTML.

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