SensusAccess is provided by Fullerton College to help facilitate campus alternate media needs. We encourage all Fullerton College students, faculty, and staff to take advantage of this service. Read through the Frequently Asked Questions or convert a file now using the Fullerton College SensusAccess form!
SensusAccess is an automated document conversion service that allows you to convert your course materials into alternate formats. You can also use SensusAccess to transform inaccessible documents into more accessible formats.
The service is provided through an accessible web interface and you will need your campus email address to access the service. Using the web form located towards the bottom of this page, you simply:
- Upload your document
- Select a format; and
- Enter your email address
Once your document is ready, you will receive an email with a more accessible version of your document attached.
SensusAccess is completely automated and the documents you submit to the service are automatically deleted once they have been converted. You do not need to worry about privacy as SensusAccess does not store personal information.
With SensusAccess, you can convert your PDF documents, PowerPoint slides, lecture notes, and pictures of text captured with your phone into formats that work best for you such as:
- MP3 files
- Digital Braille books
- Structured audio books in DAISY and e-books with media overlay
PDF and image-based files will be processed using optical character recognition (OCR) to create a text-based version of the document.
As with any automated service, you will only get out what you put in, so there are a few things to keep in mind:
- If scanning the document, ensure the scanned image is free from smudges, dark marks, highlighted text, and handwritten annotations. These will all affect the accuracy of the OCR process.
- Minimize the effects from skewing. If the image is presented at an “off-angle”, the accuracy of the OCR process will be lower, which will result in a lower quality output
- If you are starting with an image-based format and wish to convert to a text format, you may achieve better results by initially converting to Tagged PDF and then copying/pasting the text into a Microsoft Word document
To learn more about SensusAccess and how to get the most out of the service, a nine module e-learning course is available through the SensusAccess website.
Feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need technical support or have questions regarding this service.