Document Conversion

If you have a print-related disability, we can convert the documents or provide them in an alternate format so you can have accessible course materials. 


In addition to our own document conversion services, you can also use SensusAccess, a self-service document conversion tool.

Types of Converted Materials

Accessible course materials include audio files of text-based information, large print, electronic files accessible to text-to-speech screen readers, and braille.

Our role at SAS is to help instructors assure that students whose disabilities affect reading print can access readings at the same time as their classmates. SAS converts close to 20,000 pages of reading per term.


To use our conversion services, you must:

  • Be registered with SAS and approved for document conversion services.
  • Submit a copyright agreement form and a document conversion request form. Please contact us for these forms, and submit them by email.
  • Provide proof of ownership/rental of any textbooks/books to be converted.

We must have access to your reading materials. 

Conversion Timetable

Conversion may take more time if the materials:

  • Are of poor scan quality, i.e. grainy (very low resolution), too light or too dark, shadowing, waviness, missing text (page cut off)
  • Contain handwritten notes, dark highlighting, or marks of any type
  • Have images, graphs, equations, formulas (this requires additional labor and time).

Locating and/or reformatting and producing alternate formats of course materials takes time. It is recommended that you let us know what you need as soon as you register for your courses.