ADCET Webinar: SensusAccess
21 February 2017 6:09 am
A New Approach to Support Students and Faculty Who Need Alternate Formats
Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET) and the Australian Tertiary Education Network on Disability (ATEND) are pleased to bring you this webinar – it will be live captioned and there is no cost to attend.
SensusAccess is an automated document conversion service capable of converting a range of document types into alternate formats such as MP3 files, digital Braille books, audio books and e-books. The service can also be used to convert otherwise inaccessible or tricky documents into more accessible formats. The primary users of the SensusAccess service are people with print impairments (e.g., the blind, partially sighted, dyslexic, people with learning disorders, cognitive disabilities, motor deficiencies, poor reading skills, poor language skills and more), as well as teachers, relatives and other resource persons. The service is furthermore used by professionals (e.g., alternate media specialists, specialist librarians, etc.) to convert material on behalf of others. Finally, the service is used by mainstream users to support flexible learning, language learning or practical document conversion.
The SensusAccess service was initially developed to support inclusion in the Danish educational system. It has since been implemented throughout Europe, North America and elsewhere. In 2012, SensusAccess was introduced as an official accommodation to students with special needs at Stanford University. The service has subsequently been adapted by a large number of universities and colleges, especially in the US, UK and Canada.
The webinar will present SensusAccess, the rationale behind the service, its users and the technologies within. Live demonstrations will illustrate how both accessible and inaccessible documents can be converted by the service. Furthermore, examples of how academic institutions have implemented SensusAccess will be presented.