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Accessible Formats Conversion Tool (SensusAccess)

What is SensusAccess?

SensusAccess is a self-service platform for converting your documents into a more accessible format.
With SensusAccess, Toronto Metropolitan University students, faculty, and members of staff can convert inaccessible documents (e.g. image-based PDFs, JPEG photos, PowerPoint presentations) into more accessible formats. The service can also be used to automatically convert documents into a range of alternate media including audiobooks, e-books, and digital Braille.

Formats Available:

  • PDF files can be converted to more accessible formats (Tagged PDF, Word documents, HTML, etc.)
  • Files can be converted into plain MP3 files using high-quality, customizable computer generated text-to-speech voices.
  • Documents can be converted to and from contracted and uncontracted Braille. These documents can be formatted and paginated, and delivered as ready-to-emboss files in a variety of digital Braille formats.

How to use SensusAccess (Closed Captioned Video)


SensusAccess is an automated tool and is not 100% accurate. It may produce errors that need to be corrected. The Library’s Accessibility Services is available to serve students with accessible format requests. 

Who Can Use This Tool?

  • Students, faculty and members of staff at the University with a print disability.* 
  • Faculty or a member of staff doing the conversion for someone with a print disability.* 
  • Faculty, members of staff and students who own the copyright of a document or have copyright permission to convert a document. 

*Please see Section 32(8) of Copyright Act for the definition of print disability.

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