Kurzweil 3000

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Most of the AT that we cover is fairly specific in its functionality, but today we are going to look at an app that functions more like an assistive technology suite, providing multiple functions and features designed for multiple learning challenges.

Kurzweil 3000 is a literacy tool that is designed to assist with reading, writing, comprehension, and test-taking, and it does so within one unified app. The software is expensive, especially when compared to the cost of an iPad which has most of Kurzweil’s features already built-in for free, but if you struggle in ALL of the areas listed above, it could be worth considering, especially if you are used to a Windows-based learning environment.

Let’s take a further look at the specific features that Kurzweil 3000 offers:


  • OpenDyslexic font support
  • 31 Natural voices in over 18 languages
  • Text magnification options
  • ABBYY FineReader OCR for highly accurate text-to-speech
  • Customizable reading rate
  • Easily create MP3s to listen to later
  • 1800 classic texts included
  • Customizable background and text color
  • Read math aloud with built-in talking calculator


  • Instant access to a variety of dictionaries
  • Gives access to note-taking tools such as voice notes and sticky notes
  • Multiple options for highlighting and markup
  • Included vocabulary study guides and synonym finder
  • Access to online reference tools
  • Translate words and sentences into 70+ languages
  • Create templates and study guides


  • Template outlines and writing paths are available to help you plan your story or report
  • Built-in word prediction and word lists are available
  • Speech-to-text is available at the click of a button
  • View outlines and drafts simultaneously with split screen


  • Create your own test with the test-prep toolbar including fill-in-the-blank, multiple choice, true/false, short answer, etc.
  • The built-in test-taking tool bar allows users to easily customize accommodations
  • Easily lock features and password protect tests or assignments
  • Exporting via Google Drive is supported

Single user licenses of Kurzweil are available for purchase via Bridges Canada at a cost of $1065 CDN. To learn more about Kurzweil, including access to a free trial, click here.

This post originally appeared on the AT Help Desk website.

Tags: apps, assistive technology, AT HelpDesk, Atlantic Regional Office

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