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SensusAccess Hands-On Workshop

Proposal No: 2960

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  • Lars Ballieu Christensen, Senior Advisor, Sensus Aps
  • Tanja Stevns, Special Education Teacher, Sensus ApS

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Length of Session (in hours): 2-hrFormat: Lab Expertise Level: All Levels Type of session: General Conference

Summary of Session

Hands-on workshop on SensusAccess, a self-service alternate media solution for students, faculty, staff and alumni. The workshop covers the full range of conversion features available to improve accessibility and convert educational material into e-books, audio books, digital Braille books and more


Promoting self-sufficiency and independence, SensusAccess is a web-based, self-service solution used at many academic institutions to convert educational material into a variety of alternate formats such as e-books, MP3-files, DAISY structured audio books and digital Braille books. The service is also used to convert inaccessible or tricky documents into more accessible formats. Using real-world document conversion cases, participants will learn how to use the full range of SensusAccess features and options to support students, faculty, staff and alumni with special needs. During the workshop, participants will learn how to prepare documents to take full advantage of SensusAccess as well as other best-practices collected amongst users and ODS staff in higher education.


  1. How to create alternate formats
  2. How to improve accessibility in online/campus based coursematerial
  3. How to promote self -sufficiency and independence amongst students

Speaker Bio(s)

Lars Ballieu Christensen

Lars Ballieu Christensen (born 1963) works with technology and design for people with special needs. He advises government, organizations, academic institutions and companies on accessibility and inclusive design. Furthermore, he is the inventor of a range of innovative technologies that support inclusion and self-sufficiency amongst people with special needs, including the award-winning RoboBraille service. Lars holds master degrees in computer science and journalism, as well as a Ph.D. degree in computer science, all from the University of Roskilde, Denmark.

Tanja Stevns

Tanja Stevns(born 1967) works with education and technology to support inclusion of people with disabilities. Tanja has more than 20 years experience working at the Danish National Center for Blind Children. Tanja is a special education teacher, specializing in Vision Impairment, general learning disorders and as a speech therapist.