Sensus Access

Western Washington University provides access to a free online conversion tool called SensusAccess. It is available to students, staff, and faculty. SensusAccess allows you to convert documents from one file type to another. A common use of this tool is uploading an image PDF, then outputting a Word document. But there are many choices!

Watch the SensusAccess promo video below or read further on this page to learn more.

Who may use it?

This free tool is available to students, staff, and faculty with a current Western username and password. Here are a few examples of how different populations can use the tool:

  • Faculty and Staff: Faculty, instructors, and staff can create an accessible version of a PDF document by using SensusAccess to convert the file.
  • Students: Students may use SensusAccess at any time in order to convert documents and audio files into accessible formats.

Are there any limitations?

There are some limits users should consider while using SensusAccess:

  • The source file should be of higher quality to ensure better conversion accuracy in the document.
  • This service provides a quick temporary solution for inaccessible documents, but is not the final solution for accessibility. Faculty and staff producing digital documents should review the Content Editor Accessibility Resources to learn how to create accessible documents in various formats.

If you aren’t sure if a conversion is fully accessible, please contact Carly Gerard (gerardc@wwu.edu) or David Engebretson (engebrd2@wwu.edu).

How do I start?

Use the WWU SensusAccess form to convert documents into accessible formats like tagged PDF, Word Document, EPUB, and more.