Kurzweil Assistive Technology

Kurzweil is a text-to-speech reader software that can help students improve their reading. Kurzweil reads aloud any digital text. That includes webpages and scanned hard copy of any text. The Kurzweil software's multi-sensory approach to learning delivers information through audio and visual stimuli allowing readers more engagement and better comprehension.

Do you learn better by listening? Do you often find yourself struggling with reading independently? Do you wish you could read more in less time? If you answer yes to any of these questions, then you may benefit from Kurzweil.

Kurzweil text-to-speech reading software is available at Lawrence!

Kurzweil 3000 and Kurzweil 1000 are installed in the Center for Academic Success.  Please contact Meghan Lally at meghan.m.lally@lawrence.edu or 920-832-7206 for more information and to set up an appointment to go over how to use the software.


Read faster. Understand more. Improve results.

Kurzweil 3000 allows students to read more advanced grade-level material, at a faster rate, and with less fatigue. This is accomplished using text-to-speech to increase reading accuracy and decrease time spent on decoding. As a result, students have more time for close reading to identify key concepts, make inferences within and between texts, and answer text-based questions. Additional background information, definitions, and translations can all be accessed instantly—helping to keep students engaged and increase their ability to comprehend.

How does text-to-speech improve students' reading skills?

  •     Students read more, at a steady pace, with audio and visual presentation of material
  •     Substitution and decoding errors are removed as barriers to reading and learning
  •     Human-quality text-to-speech voices reduce reading fatigue
  •     Compensates for deficiencies with sight words and academic vocabulary

Kurzweil 3000

"Kurzweil 3000 is award-winning educational software designed to provide literacy support for those who struggle with literacy in the classroom, at home, or in the workplace. Built-in features for reading, writing and study skills helps students to become independent learners, active participants within inclusion classrooms or sheltered instruction programs; but most importantly, to keep up with peers and achieve their full academic potential. Students can use Kurzweil 3000 throughout their school career and beyond, utilize the literacy support for becoming lifelong learners." - Kurzweiledu.com

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Kurzweil 1000

Kurzweil 1000 is "award-winning scan and read software that makes printed or electronic text accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired. Combining traditional reading machine technologies, such as scanning, image processing, and text-to-speech, with communication and productivity tools eases and enhances users' reading, writing, and learning experiences." - Kurzweiledu.com

"I use Kurzweil 1000 to scan my books, mail, even food boxes. I have found it to be the most efficient and user-friendly way for me to read almost anything without human assistance. Each new version of Kurzweil 1000 has increased scanning accuracy and added features that make scanning, finding, and reading material of all types faster and easier." - Sarah Van O, Kurzweil 1000 User, Kurzweiledu.com

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