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Make Documents Accessible

Shifting to a New Tool

The Center for Academic Technology recently added an integration, Ally, to Canvas that automatically provides alternative formats of course files and pages to students. Because of this addition, CAT will no longer provide the SensusAccess tool that performs the same fundamental function. Use of SensusAccess was discontinued in September 2021.

Faculty and students who wish to use an alternative version of course content should refer to the how-to steps for Ally. Students, please contact CAT if you need an alternative version of a file that is not located in a Canvas course.

File Conversions

We believe some of our SensusAccess users may have been using the service for file conversions from Word to PDF and vice versa. If you need to convert a file, use one of the resources linked below.

If you have Word:

If you have Adobe Acrobat Pro DC:

Note that after converting a file, you may need to add in accessibility features such as headings, alt text, tags, and reading order. Review how to make accessible Word documents and/or how to make accessible PDFs on our Accessibility LibGuide.