text to speech software for reading disabilities

Kurzweil Educational Systems® supports our veterans in their desire to pursue and achieve higher education goals.

Kurzweil 3000®, developed by Kurzweil Educational Systems, is widely recognized as the most comprehensive and integrated solution for addressing language and literacy difficulties encountered by individuals. Kurzweil 3000 embraces and supports the concept of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) by making print and electronic material available to a broad spectrum of adult learners.

The software uses a multi-sensory approach — presenting print or electronic text on the computer screen with added visual and auditory supports. Incorporating a host of dynamic features (including powerful decoding, study skills, and test taking tools) designed to adapt to each individual's learning style and promote active learning, Kurzweil 3000 delivers independence to the adult learner. For those who have difficulty physically accessing curriculum materials, it provides a digital means of engaging with text and supports learners who use alternative methods for accessing the computer.

Kurzweil 3000 is an assistive technology software program that provides the support that is needed for non-traditional learners.

Kurzweil 3000 supports:

Reading
  • Fluency — Kurzweil 3000 reads text aloud at a rate appropriate for each user, providing a model of and support for fluent decoding of text
  • Vocabulary — By fluently reading text aloud, Kurzweil 3000 not only increases student reading speed, it provides exposure to age-appropriate vocabulary and immediate support in the form of dictionary and reference tools
  • Comprehension — Compensating for weak decoding skills, Kurzweil 3000 allows the user to focus on the meaning of content, offering highlighters and other tools to enhance understanding of material
Writing
  • Process writing support from brainstorming through review
  • Graphic organizer conversion to outline that allows side-by-side drafting
  • Auditory spelling correction support
  • Writing templates for common tasks (essays, reports)
  • Customizable writing review tool
  • Publish to multiple file types or print
Study Skills, Comprehension and Test-Taking
  • Six colors for highlighting
  • Footnotes, Sticky Notes, Text Notes, Voice Notes, Bubble Notes, and Bookmarks
  • MP3 audio file creation to assist reading on the go with portable devices
  • Hyperlink feature allows connections to web pages and other documents
  • Auditory translation tool for words, phrases, sentences, and more
  • Bubble note question types include multiple choice, true/false, matching, and essay
  • Fill-in-the-Blanks utility for completing many types of forms and assignments
  • Voice Notes for recording responses orally for teacher review