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Digital and Print Accessibility

The Office of AccessAbility Services is committed to removing all barriers to ensure equitable access to digital and print content. Accessibility refers to the extent information and activities are made available to all students, regardless of a disability. We support all individuals to be able to acquire, engage, and enjoy information that best suits personal learning styles. Designing course content and selecting course materials with accessibility for all users in mind benefits a diverse range of learning abilities in varied situations. We believe all learning platforms and environments should be equally accessible for all learners and users. Securing digital and print content that embraces varied learning styles can maximize the way learners engage with the content. Our goal is to make all learning environments as inclusive as possible.

Typically, as you begin this process, you will want to evaluate your files. You can use Ally, a tool within Blackboard that will evaluate your course files. There are many available tools that can help evaluate whether documents, files, or sites are digitally accessible. View ways to evaluate files to get started. 

If you are creating documents, you can use the "Accessibility Checker" in Microsoft apps and it will also provide feedback and guidance throughout your document. Below are some tips to keep in mind that support accessibility features in Microsoft Word: 

  1. Use the built-in titles and headings located in the top ribbon 
  2. Use the built-in word list and outline setting structures located in the top ribbon
  3. Avoid bright colors for contrast (darker colors function better) & use simple fonts like, Arial, Verdana, Times New Roman, Helvetica, Tahoma
  4. Add alternative text for images
  5. Include a description of hyperlinks 
  6. Create user-friendly tables

Additionally, ECSU has implemented SensusAccess, a new software conversion service to help ensure accessibility for all users. SensusAccess is a self-service web application tool that converts documents into alternate formats, like MP3, e-books, and digital Braille. It also can be used to convert inaccessible documents, like image-only PDFs, JPG pics, and MS PowerPoint presentation into more accessible formats. 

We will periodically update and add more guidelines and resources, as technology and accessibility continue to evolve.

SensusAccess is now available to all current ECSU students, faculty, staff, and alumni.  Read below for more information on how to get started. 

How SensusAccess Works

 

 

To Get Started

The quality of the converted file is contingent upon the quality of the original file. For example, a poorly scanned PDF image file with markings or gray shaded areas may result in recognition errors and will not be successfully accessed in an audio format.   

More information about specific input and output file formats, can be found on the SensusAccess Conversion Matrix. You can also refer to SensusAccess Guides and Best Practices for further tips on conversion and accessibility.  

This service is not recommended for documents that contain confidential or private information.

Notice: The copyright of law of the Unites States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. The person using this equipment is liable for any infringement. Please refer to ECSU's Copyright, Fair Use, and Application website for guidance and fair use decisions. 

To Convert a File

To convert a file, simply follow a few prompts: select a document, upload it, choose its format, and then submit.

Use the embedded webform below, or use directly at: https://www.sensusaccess.com/web3/easternct/

Resources for Converted Files

Links for apps and applications to use in connection with SensusAccess services my be found on the Resources software and tools page. For additional resources you can also refer to the OAS Assistive Technology Support page.

Blackboard Integration

Faculty are be able to integrate direct access to the SensusAccess converter tool from the Blackboard platform by Adding SensusAccess to your Blackboard Course Menu.

Please note: If you use SensusAccess from within Blackboard, you will only be able to access documents from your course. To convert documents that are not in the designated course, you can use the general web form link outside of the Blackboard platform. 

For more guidance on incorporating instructional technology please refer to  ECSU's Center for Instructional Technology site. 

SensusAccess E-Learning Course

The SensusAccess E-learning course  explains how its service can improve the accessibility of digital content. It is offered to subscribing institutions and is divided into nine modules.
  • Module 1: Introduction to the e-learning course

    Module 2: Overview of the SensusAccess Service

    Module 3: Producing simple MP3 files

    Module 4: Converting inaccessible and tricky documents

    Module 5: Producing simple e-books

    Module 6: Designing and creating accessible documents

    Module 7: Producing advanced e-books

    Module 8: Producing DAISY books

    Module 9: Producing Braille

User Support

SensusAccess Frequently Asked Questions   

You may also contact the SensusAccess team if you require further support at support@sensus.dk.

Users who require accommodations may also contact the OAS at accessability@easternct.edu for additional support. 

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