IT Services

SensusAccess Document Conversion for Accessibility


The Five Colleges, including Amherst College, have access to the SensusAccess document conversion service. SensusAccess is an email and web-based service capable of automatically transforming documents into a variety of alternative formats for people with visual and/or reading impairments.This service is provided by Five Colleges Incorporated to generate accessible versions of print documents for individuals with disabilities. 

By using this service you agree that your use is for a person with a disability and that you are an Amherst College community member.

The website address for SensusAccess is

Braille services

Transcription of documents to and from contracted and uncontracted Braille. The documents can furthermore 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 both EPUB 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 base line of the body text in an e-book may be raised to allow for more appropriate text scaling in mainstream e-book readers.

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, csv, text, rtf and html. The service furthermore supports conversion of Microsoft Office documents into tagged pdf and Microsoft PowerPoint presentations into rtf files and web-projects.

SensusAccess is developed jointly by Synscenter Refsnæs (the National Centre for Visually Impaired Children and Youth in Denmark) and Sensus ApS.

Getting Started

Getting Started: 

Contact the IT Help Desk and someone from Academic Technology Services can answer questions or assist you to use this service. Please also report any problems when using this service to the IT Help Desk so we can notify SensusAccess.


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