Alternate Text Formats (SensusAccess)

Students working on computers

SensusAccess is a self-service solution that automates the conversion of documents into a range of alternative formats including:

  • MP3
  • Daisy
  • E-Books
  • Braille

The service can also be used to convert otherwise inaccessible documents such as image-only pdf files or scanned images into more accessible formats.

Terms of Use

The SensusAccess service is provided free of charge to Samuel Merritt University students, alumni, faculty and staff for personal use only.  By using this service, the user agrees to abide by any copyright and fair use laws and any applicable institutional policies.  An email is required for use.

Getting Started

The quality of conversion will depend on the quality of the original document uploaded. Scanned documents and image-based files will depend on the quality and clarity of the document. The scanned document will be pre-processed using OCR (optical character recognition) to convert to a text-based document. Then It will be converted into the output desired.  If you scan the document, make sure that it is a clean scan with good contrast. Smudges, tears in the paper, blurry print, and skewed text will affect the quality of the final product.  If the document is in an image-based format, try converting to a Tagged PDF and then copy/paste into a Microsoft Word file.

Using SensusAccess

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Technical Help

Assistance with SensusAccess is available free to the Samuel Merritt community through Vitalyst, the 24/7 tech helpline. Call the Help Desk at 510.907.2555 any time of the day or night, and press option 6.


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