Accessibility Tools

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There are two tools built into Canvas that can make your content more accessible to students: SensusAccess, and Microsoft Immersive Reader. In addition to using these tools, we encourage you to refer to this page for other tips on designing for accessibility. While these tools can be helpful at reducing barriers for all students, some students may still require additional accommodations, and the Disability Resource Center can help.


SensusAccess is a self-service conversion tool that allows students to take digital materials like PDFs and convert them into a file type that might be better suited for them. For instance, a student could have a PDF converted to a MP3 audio file and listen to the text while commuting. The service can also be used to convert image-only PDF files or scanned images into more accessible formats.

SensusAccess can be enabled in Canvas course navigation, or used externally on the ITS SensusAccess web page.

Microsoft Immersive Reader

Microsoft Immersive Reader (MIR) allows anyone to customize the display of text on a Canvas page. Readers can change the font size, background color, letter or line spacing, use line focus, and read aloud without a screen reader. MIR is helpful for all students and can be especially beneficial to learners with dyslexia, low vision, or visual processing disorders. It can be activated in the top right of Canvas Pages. Learn more on the ITS Microsoft Immersive Reader web page.

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Last modified: Aug 02, 2023