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Converting documents

Find out how to make documents fully accessible.


Use SensusAccess to convert one digital format to another, including:

  • different file types (including images of text and PDFs)
  • web pages
  • text (e.g., cut and paste from websites or documents).

Change the output to:

  • an audio file (MP3)
  • a text or Word document
  • an e-book (e.g.EPUB)
  • a Braille document.

Find more information on the Library SensusAccess page. [Advisory: Please ensure that SensusAccess is not used for the conversion of personal and sensitive data]

Microsoft Lens: PDF Scanner for iOS or Android

Use your phone to take a picture of a whiteboard, book page or any other document and save it to Office 365 apps or as a PDF.

Use the optical character recognition (OCD) feature to make text editable and searchable. Your OCD document will be accessible to use in other software such as Text to Speech software or a screen reader.

Access Microsoft Lens for free by signing into Office 365 with your UAL credentials.

Other software

Read&Write Gold

Using flat scanners and UAL printers, Read&Write Gold converts scanned paper documents and JPEGs into accessible PDFs and Word documents.

Find our more on the Reading and researching page.

Adobe Acrobat Pro DC

Adobe Acrobat Pro DC is available on UAL computers.

  • Open the PDF on Adobe Acrobat Pro.
  • Select Export PDF.
  • Select Convert to Word (or any other available formats).