Sensus Access FAQ

What is SensusAccess?

SensusAccess is a self-service document conversion tool available to all MIT students, staff, and faculty. MIT community members can use the tool to convert preexisting documents into accessible formats, create audio files, and convert static documents to editable text, among other things.

How can I use SensusAccess?

Users can upload files to a web form for conversion. Submission of the file sends the document to SensusAccess for remediation. The converted file is then returned to the user via their MIT email address.

What kind of files can I upload? 

SensusAccess’ supported file types are: .DOC, .DOCX, .PDF, .PPT, .PPTX, .TXT, .XML, .HTML, .HTM, .RTF, .EPUB, .MOBI, .TIFF, .TIF, .GIF, .JPG, .JPEG, .BMP, .PNG, .PCX, .DCX, .J2K, .JP2, .JPX, .DJV, and .ASC

What types of files can I convert to?

Users may choose from a range of formats including tagged PDF, DOC, DOCX, Word XML, XLS, XLSX, CVS, text, RTF and HTML. SensusAccess can also produce audio files in MP3 and DAISY, EPUB and EPUB3 e-books, and digital Braille.

How many files can I convert?

MIT students, staff, and faculty can submit as many files as they like for conversion.

Is Sensus Access an MIT internal service?

No, Sensus Access is a third party company.  When you use the service, you will leave the MIT website and be redirected to a third party website.  All processing is conducted by the third party service externally to MIT.  Before using the service for any confidential or private documents, we encourage users to consult the SensusAccess privacy notice (

For more information and troubleshooting help, please consult the Sensus Access Question and Answer page.