Dysgraphia and Kurzweil 3000

Kurzweil 3000® – firefly is an award-winning integrated literacy software solution that bridges the communication gap for those with Dysgraphia by removing the barriers posed by the mechanics of writing. Kurzweil 3000's assistive tools allow students to easily and independently complete academic tasks such as note-taking, writing essays and responding to tests in a digital environment, thus improving speed, accuracy, organization and legibility. Kurzweil 3000 – firefly is web based, multi-platform compatible and can be used on the iPad®.

Common indicators of Dysgraphia and how Kurzweil 3000 can help

  • Difficulties with hand writing
    Essay Review Feature
    • Kurzweil 3000 – firefly's writing and study skills tools ensure that the mechanics of writing do not impede students' ability to express what they know. With Kurzweil 3000, students no longer need to laboriously handwrite notes, essays or responses to tests and Quizzes. Instead, they can type responses to ensure legibility.
    • Kurzweil 3000 – firefly's talking word processor allows students to type when taking notes, answering questions to tests, completing worksheets and composing essays. Talking word prediction provides further support by reducing the number of keystrokes required to type a word. Custom vocabulary lists help with the selection of specific content area vocabulary that can be easily dragged and dropped onto the page - very helpful for those who also struggle with the mechanics of typing.
    • Kurzweil 3000 – firefly's highlighter tools allow students to quickly and easily select important information from digital documents and collect their highlighted notes in an outline or column note format.
    • Kurzweil 3000 – firefly's "voice note" feature can be used to record responses, summarize text, take notes or answer test questions without having to handwrite or type!
  • Difficulties with spelling
    • Kurzweil 3000 – firefly provides a talking word processor that can read back to students as they write. By listening to written work, students receive instant feedback and make corrections by changing letters and words, correcting any omissions and then re-listening to their work to ensure accuracy.
    • Kurzweil 3000 – firefly's voiced spell-check support allows students to listen to suggested word choices before making changes, allowing students to identify misspellings and b and d misplacements.
    • Kurzweil 3000 – firefly's Digital Dictionary tools can help ensure students that they are using the correct word choice, especially if there is a homophone.
    • Kurzweil 3000 – firefly's content and/or strategy specific floating word selection lists can be activated to further support student spelling difficulties and reduce needed keystrokes.
  • Difficulties with composing writing
    Kurzweil 3000 – firefly can support all stages of the writing process, providing numerous levels of support and varied entry points to writing that result in successful written composition.

    Kurzweil 3000 – firefly Brainstorm Tool is a great pre-writing organization tool for brainstorming ideas which can later be organized graphically or in an outline view. Custom Teacher-made graphic organizers can be created to provide further structure, organization and support for all genres of writing across content areas.
    • Kurzweil 3000 – firefly's Writing Path allows students to highlight or drag-and-drop notes from text into an outline, seamlessly moving from reading to writing about what they have read. Students can then view and revise notes for writing via a number of different tools that support different learning styles. They can review and revise notes graphically, with a text-based outline, with outline and draft side-by-side, or draft only.
    Finally, Kurzweil 3000 – firefly supports the final steps in the writing process with its talking word processor, auditory spell checker, digital dictionaries and thesaurus, which allow the writer to put the finishing touches on their work. They can check their work using a teacher-guided, student-specific "review checklist".


Kurzweil 3000 Provides Literacy Support for a Lifetime

  • Reading Comprehension Support: Access to all major digital file formats, online text and printed materials
  • Spelling Support: Spell Checker and integrated dictionary
  • Writing Support: Talking word processor, auditory spell checker, grammar checker
  • Study Skills: Multiple highlighter options, sticky notes, read-the-web
  • Test-Taking Accommodations
  • A single user interface with all the tools necessary for academic success
  • Runs on Windows® as well as the Macintosh® OS