Kurzweil Educational Systems Awards Product Scholarships at American Council of the Blind 2004 National Convention

Company Convenes Semi-Annual Kurzweil 1000 User Group Meeting and Offers Promotional Pricing to Conference Attendees

Kurzweil Educational Systems®, Inc., innovator of reading technology for individuals with visual and learning disabilities, today announced that its annual Kurzweil 1000 product scholarship presentation will be held during the 2004 American Council of the Blind (ACB) National Convention. The convention is being held in Birmingham, Alabama at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel Convention Complex on July 3 - 10, and the software awards presentation will take place in conjunction with the annual ACB scholarship award ceremony today, July 6, at 11:00 am in the Convention Center ballroom.

Product scholarships will be presented to twenty-one (21) individuals who have been chosen by the ACB Council in recognition of their scholastic excellence, financial need and community service. In addition to the recognition recipients receive from ACB, winners will receive from Kurzweil Educational Systems a copy of Kurzweil 1000 software – the leading voice in reading technology for people who are blind or visually impaired. To date, through Kurzweil Educational Systems’ software awards program, more than 300 Kurzweil 1000 product scholarships, valued at over $300,000, have been donated to worthy recipients across the country including the winners of this year’s ACB scholarship awards.

In addition to the software award presentations, Kurzweil Educational Systems will also hold its third semi-annual Kurzweil 1000 User Group Meeting on Monday, July 5 from 5 - 7 pm in Room O, 3rd Floor of the Convention Complex. The User Group Meeting brings together users of the product alongside Kurzweil Educational Systems executives committed to providing best-in-class technology, and fosters an honest exchange of information. The meeting is open to Kurzweil 1000 users interested in sharing their experiences with the product, or offering suggestions for future product releases. Attendees will receive the latest Kurzweil 1000 product information as well as a demonstration of the next release of Kurzweil 1000, Version 9, which is scheduled to ship later this summer. Users can also participate in a drawing for a free product upgrade.

“We communicate regularly with our users and consider their product input very seriously,” said Stephen Baum, Chief Technology Officer of Kurzweil Educational Systems and Chief Engineer of Kurzweil 1000. “Hosting user group events at conferences like the ACB National Convention generates valuable customer feedback that directly affects product development and often results in new features in future product releases. The mission of our User Group Meeting this week fits in well with this year’s ACB National Convention theme, Together Everyone Accomplishes More.”

Conference attendees will also be able to take advantage of two special Kurzweil 1000 promotions. Kurzweil 1000 will be available for $895, a $100 discount off the suggested retail price. Software can be purchased at this discounted rate until October 29, 2004. In addition, registered Kurzweil 1000 users can also participate in the new Refer a Friend Program. Users who refer a new customer who buys a Kurzweil 1000 license will receive a $50 American Express gift certificate.

Kurzweil Educational Systems will be exhibiting at the convention from Saturday, July 3 through Wednesday, July 7. All conference attendees are encouraged to stop by the Kurzweil Educational Systems booth for a demonstration of Kurzweil 1000 Version 9, to obtain a free trial copy of the current software and to enter into a drawing for a free copy of Kurzweil 1000.

About Kurzweil 1000

Kurzweil 1000 helps people with visual impairments access virtually any printed or electronic publication by making text audible. The product provides tools for searching, indexing, outlining, annotating, embossing, and creating documents or audio files. Kurzweil 1000 enables online access to books, magazines, encyclopedias and educational tools that promote more active reading by students as well as personal, home office and professional productivity. Kurzweil 1000 also shares information through e-mail, faxing, photocopying or outputting documents and audio files to portable devices. Kurzweil Educational Systems designed the product so that it is easy to use for beginners, yet powerful and flexible for advanced users.

About Kurzweil Educational Systems

Kurzweil Educational Systems, Inc., founded in 1996, is the industry leader and innovator of reading, writing and learning solutions for people with learning disabilities, and people who are blind or visually impaired. Ray Kurzweil, a co-founder of the original company, invented computer-based reading machine technology 25 years ago to provide access to printed text for the blind. With a pioneering history in developing assistive technology, the company has received worldwide recognition for enabling people with disabilities to lead more independent lives through improved reading and writing abilities. Kurzweil Educational Systems products have recently won a "Media and Methods Awards Portfolio" 2004 Award from Media and Methods magazine, a 2004 Bessie Award from ComputED Gazette magazine, and a 2004 Codie Award from the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA). For more company or product information, or to order online, visit www.kurzweiledu.com.