Who We Help

See how Kurzweil 3000 supports various learners and teachers by clicking the "who we help" learner topic below to focus on your particular learning community.

Low Reading Comprehension

  • Text-to-speech aids reading fluency and comprehension which can be especially helpful for students who retain more information through listening than reading.
  • Over 30 high quality natural voices in a range of dialects allow students to select a reader that is the best fit.
  • Students can adjust reading pace faster or slower to match their reading speed so they can follow along as the highlighted text is being read.
  • Read in OpenDyslexic font, which has weighted letters that help students focus on the words and see text more clearly.
  • Teachers can guide reading with embedded instructional notes or voice notes.

Poor Writing Composition

  • Highlight critical information to turn into an outline as a starting point for writing.
  • Templates give students a starting point for a variety of writing purposes, including: book reports, compare and contrast, and persuasive essays.
  • Graphic organizers allow students to visualize the connections between ideas which can increase the quality and quantity of writing.
  • Speech-to-text bypasses the tasks of handwriting and spelling, allowing the student to concentrate on developing their ideas and planning their work.
  • Dictionaries, thesaurus, spell check support student writing.
  • Text-to-speech allows students to hear what they've written to ensure it says what they intend.

Poor Performance on Classroom and/or Standardized Tests

  • Study guides can help students prepare for tests: students can highlight key vocabulary words in a document or on the internet and then extract these words into a study guide that automatically includes word definitions.
  • Main topics and details can be highlighted in various colors and exported into a study outline.
  • When tests are delivered via Kurzweil 3000, students can hear exam questions read aloud and listen to answers, improving academic performance.
  • Teachers can embed test questions inside any document using bubble notes. Question types include short answer, multiple choice, true/false, and matching.
  • Kurzweil 3000 closely matches many accommodations available on tests meeting state requirements for students to have the same accommodations on a daily basis.


  • Graphic organizers, templates, and the brainstorm tool aid in organizing ideas to support writing across all genres of writing.
  • Individual learners can highlight the text's main concepts and then extract the highlights and save them into a new document for use as a study guide or as the basis for an essay.
  • All documents are stored in the students' universal library.
  • Subfolders provide an additional layer of organization.
  • Documents can be accessed via the internet on any device or location. Students can read their textbooks anywhere, on any device, highlight, add notes, and continue their work later.
  • Six colors for highlighting and extraction; quickly create study notes, vocabulary lists and writing outlines.
  • Bookmarks can be created and labeled to allow students to return to important document locations.

Difficulties in Sequencing and Following Directions

  • Instructional notes or voice notes can be embedded into documents so that students are guided through the text.
  • Questions can be embedded into any document so that comprehension can be assessed immediately after a section of text.

Visual Impairment

  • Text-to-speech reduces dependency on vision.
  • Text can be magnified for easier viewing.
  • Dual highlighting while reading allows for better tracking.
  • Documents can be converted to mp3 files so they can be read on the go.
  • "Speak Buttons" option reads menu options outloud.
  • Kurzweil 3000 web application is WCAG compliant which makes navigation accessible.
  • For learners who are severely vision impaired, we offer Kurzweil 1000 .

Laborious Handwriting

  • Speech to text allows students to dictate notes and documents.
  • Highlight text on the internet or in a document and extract it into a study guide or a draft outline.


  • Translate words and full passages on the fly and have them read aloud in over a dozen languages.
  • Support word learning with dictionary definitions that can be read aloud.
  • Highlight unfamiliar words and automatically create vocabulary study guides with automatically generated definitions.
  • Improve English fluency by recording reading and playing it back.
  • Listen to text multiple times to reinforce the flow and cadence of the words.


  • Settings such as reading speed and reading dialects can be customized for individual UDL learners, whether they are visual, linear, or auditory learners.
  • Use bubble notes, which automatically pop-up when reading, to teach specific skills, guide students through tasks, or evaluate reading comprehension
  • Graphic organizers, column notes, and study guides support learners reading, writing and learning by creating alternative means of representing information.
  • Linear learners can utilize outlines, while visual learners can use graphic organizers.
  • Learners can customize reading voice, reading speed, amount of text highlighted, and text size to match individual learning needs.
  • Use the built-in language translator for foreign languages and pictorial dictionaries to provide support for English language learning.
  • Individual knowledge can be demostrated in various ways such as annotating text, completing worksheets, taking tests and writing essays using Kurzweil 3000's digital supports.
  • Use keyboard shortcuts to access commands.

Google Classroom

  • Import students into Kurzweil 3000 from Google Classrooms.
  • Assign documents from within Kurzweil to Google Classroom.
  • Assign documents to individuals or whole classes.
  • View assignments within Google Classroom.
  • Clicking on the Google Classroom assignment will open the assignment directly in Kurzweil.

Supporting Busy Teachers

  • Single Sign On (SSO) automates the creation and deactivation of student profiles.
  • Uploader tool allows for upload of multiple files to the library at the same time.
  • Classroom account management can be done via the website. No need to involve IT.
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For all kinds of learners

Help learners overcome challenges of all kinds, at any age, and on any device - from those learning English as a second language, to those living with dyslexia or a visual impairment, to anyone struggling to achieve proficiency.

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