[Athen] Sensis Access

Melanie P. Thornton mthornt at uark.edu
Wed Apr 3 10:39:25 PDT 2019

I agree with Carly. (Nice page describing the limitations, BTW, Carly.)

I just wrote a piece for our Explore Access Update on the limits of automation in achieving accessibility. It includes a section on documentation conversion.


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On April 3, 2019 at 10:23:36 AM, Carly Gerard (gerardc at wwu.edu<mailto:gerardc at wwu.edu>) wrote:

Hi Leyna and ATHEN,

Western Washington University also uses Sensus Access. A student can do the conversion themselves if they want, or faculty/staff could do the conversion on request. It could also be used for accommodation I suppose, but I imagine disability/accessibility service offices have alt format tools that can do the job better. Sensus Access is an automated conversion tool, so from what I've seen, the conversion isn't always 100% better/accessible.

We have a Sensus Access page<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__access.wwu.edu_sensus_&d=DwMF-g&c=7ypwAowFJ8v-mw8AB-SdSueVQgSDL4HiiSaLK01W8HA&r=4xs5XdFl4BYq5E_PfT2ZCA&m=GcNRlXteLgzsZTFR21ya-gaJjwrE6ILsL8JIWPcVfTw&s=AihCbnBm_oOXvycXE9n6RQCIX0_tQjGyEHS3r_jnYiw&e=> that describes what it does and includes an introductory video to the tool.



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From: athen-list <athen-list-bounces at mailman12.u.washington.edu> on behalf of Leyna Bencomo <lbencomo at uccs.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 8:04 AM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network
Subject: Re: [Athen] Sensis Access

So is this a service or does the student actually do the conversion?

Leyna Bencomo

Assistive Technology Specialist

Office of Information Technology

University of Colorado Colorado Springs

1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, EPC 215

Colorado Springs, CO 80918

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From: athen-list <athen-list-bounces at mailman12.u.washington.edu> On Behalf Of Susan Kelmer
Sent: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 8:14 AM
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Subject: Re: [Athen] Sensis Access

Hi Stephen.

We have Sensus Access on our campus, and anyone with a campus login can use it. This means faculty, staff, and students. It is listed as a resource on our campus’s accessibility page, and we always talk about it at faculty presentations on alternate format.

Susan Kelmer

Alternate Format Production Program Manager

Disability Services

University of Colorado Boulder


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Sent: Tuesday, April 2, 2019 5:27 PM
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Subject: [Athen] Sensis Access

Hello List

I am curious whether your institution uses Sensis Access, and, if so, what are some best practices? How did you roll it out to faculty and students? Do you have training material? Do you have it behind your student management system or is it on public facing pages? Anything you can tell me about your experiences would be helpful.

So background. I just started here at CSUDH and we purchased Sensis Access last year. We are rolling it out over the next couple of weeks. I am familiar with Robobraille for individual users but I am not sure how it fits in to a campus’s overall accessibility strategy.

Any help you can provide would be much appreciated.

Stephen Alexander (Alex) Marositz J.D. CPACC
Accessible Technology Initiative Coordinator
Information Technology Services, California State University Dominguez Hills

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