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Kurzweil 3000 Color Scan/Read

Description: Kurzweil 3000 USB for Windows comes on a key-ring size USB flash drive. The application is an optical character recognition (OCR) and test program with voice output designed for use by individuals with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. This OCR software scans documents and reads scanned or electronic text aloud using synthesized speech. Documents are shown on the screen with words highlighted as they are spoken. This combined auditory and visual presentation of information helps increase reading accuracy, speed, and comprehension for struggling readers. This software can read documents in portable document file (.pdf), hypertext markup language (HTML), and DAISY digital talking book formats. It presents the original image, with color graphics, photographs, and columns intact, while reading the text aloud. Documents can also be opened, edited, and saved in Microsoft Word format. The program offers a suite of learning tools, including syllabification, pronounciation, text preview, thesaurus, phonetic spelling, and a dictionary. Users can choose from a variety of output voices, and can speed up or slow the pace and replay any word or phrase at will. The user may also select from continuous, self-paced, or word-by-word reading modes. The program also enables users to take notes, add then to the document, and read, print, and review them. As a test-taking program, this software allows teachers to accommodate students' Individualized Education Plan (IEP) needs for visual and auditory accommodations. The software reads questions and answers aloud, and allows students to type answers directly onto the image of a scanned test. With this program, you have access to word prediction within the program itself, but must copy and paste what you write into other programs. In order to use the scanning feature you must borrow a scanner. The Kurzweil Learn Station is also available but does not have scanning capabilities.

Accessories (borrow separately): Epson Perfection 4490 Photo Scanner for PC & CanoScan LiDE 70 for Mac
Does use of this item require support? Yes (What does this mean?)
Replacement Cost: $1495.00
Loan Time: 6 weeks
Manufacturer: Kurzweil Educational Systems, Inc.

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I borrowed the reacher kit because my mother is trying to learn how to do things with one hand. She just had a stroke. The reachers did not work for her because she also has arthritis and she doesn't have the strength in her hands and shoulders to hold and manipulate the reachers.

I need text-to-speech software because I can't use my hands to type for long periods of time without pain anymore. I found Dragon is much better now than the versions I have tried before. It was easier to "train" the computer to recognize my voice. There still are some problems with the voice file when I use it when I am tired at the end of the day.

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