Accessible Software

If you are interested in learning more about accessible software for reading, writing and more, please come to the ICAT lab! Technology Assistants are available Monday-Friday for software demos and instruction.

    Text-to-Speech Software

  • Kurzweil 3000

    Kurzweil 3000 offers a combined scanning and reading feature that is capable of reproducing text on screen as well as audio files of scanned text. Kurzweil 3000 also includes a number of study skills tools such as bookmarks, highlighting and sticky notes, which students can use to improve their reading comprehension.

    • Student Review: "Kurweil is an awesome program. The DRC uploaded all of my chapter readings from my textbook for me so I didn't have to worry about doing it. I am able to highlight and annotate on the pdf and the best part is that I can extract those certain highlights and annotations onto a separate blank document so that all of them are gathered on one document to go back and look at later. It has helped me a lot with my note taking and helps me focus when I read because I highlight as I read. Thank you for providing me with these resources as they have benefited and encouraged my learning experience here at UCSC. I really appreciate it."
  • Natural Reader logo

    NaturalReader offers customizable natural sounding voices, a very friendly user interface, and a floating tool bar that can be read from the internet and other tabs. This software is a free download that converts text format into spoken audio.  

  • Balabolka logo

    Balabolka is a software that uses versions of Microsoft Speech API which allows for customization of voice, pitch/reading, rate, and can convert written text into MP3 files.

  • Read and Write Gold logo

    Read and Write Gold Text-to-speech and study tool software that includes many functions such as an online dictionary, spell checker, grammar/thesaurus checker, etc.


  • Speech-to-Text Software

  • Dragon Naturally Speaking logo

    Dragon Naturally Speaking is a voice recognition software program that allows the user to create documents with one’s voice. Users train Dragon with commands that will start and stop programs and control program windows. Dragon is known for being helpful for those who have disabilities that make typing or writing difficult.


  • Screen Enlargement Software

  • MAGic logo

    MAGic is screen enlargement software that displays text and images on a computer screen in a variety of magnifications and fonts. In addition, users can add background tint and reverse the colors on the screen for greater contrast.

  • Zoom Text Magnifier logo

    ZoomText Magnifier enlarges and enhances everything on your computer screen with perfect clarity, making all of your applications easy to see and use.


  • Other Assistive Software

  • JAWS logo

    JAWS (Job Access With Speech) Screen reader, developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content or navigating with a mouse. 

  • Inspiration 9 logo

    Inspiration 9 can be used to enhance visual learning and brainstorming. Inspiration has the ability to convert from diagram to outline and vice versa which can be very helpful for writers. Inspiration can also be used to export to Word, making it easy to integrate with other activities.

  • Adobe Acrobat Pro logo

    Adobe Acrobat Pro is the industry standard PDF reader that allows for text editing and formatting. Useful for preparing PDF files for text-to-speech software.