SensusAccess is a text conversion tool that allows students, faculty, staff and alumni (Illinois.edu email address) to automatically convert documents into a range of alternate media, including audio books (MP3 and DAISY), e-books (EPUB, EPUB3, and Mobi) and digital Braille. The service can also convert inaccessible documents such as image-only PDF files, JPG pictures, and Microsoft PowerPoint presentations into more accessible and less tricky formats.
Sensusaccess offers four different types of services:
- Accessibility: Images and Files such as TIFF, image-only PDF, JPG, BMP, GIF, PCX, and JP2, can be converted to more accessible formats, including PDF, DOC, DOCX, WORD XML, XLS, XLSX, CVS, text, RTF and HTML. Microsoft Office docs can be converted into tagged PDFs. Microsoft PowerPoint can be converted into RTF files and web projects.
- E-book Services: Documents can be converted to EPUB, EPUB3, and EPUB3 with media overlays and MOBI (Amazon Kindle) e-book formats.
- Audio Services: Conversion into plain MP3 files, Daisy Talking Books, and spoken math. The audio conversion features currently include high-quality voices for several international languages.
- Braille Services: Transcription of documents to and from contracted and uncontracted Braille in accordance with the Braille codes for several international languages. The documents can furthermore be formatted and paginated and delivered as ready-to-emboss files in a variety of digital Braille formats.
- If you use this service, you must comply with all applicable copyright laws. You also agree that you are legally accessing and duplicating these materials with appropriate permission or qualification as fair use under the law. For more information about copyright and fair use, please see the university’s webpage on copyright resources, http://copyright.illinois.edu/resources/.
- Users can be held responsible and liable for unauthorized use. Because files are being sent over the internet, there is a risk that user-provided information could be inadvertently disclosed to others. We recommended that confidential materials not be converted with SensusAccess.