Kurzweil 3000 is an educational and assistive technology providing reading, writing and study support. Amherst currently has a site-wide license making this powerful software available to all current employees and students. Kurzweil 3000 runs as a desktop application on Mac or Windows, but it also has a web-based service called "Firefly", an iOS app, and a Chrome extension for reading the web. One account gets you access to all of these options. 

Features include:

  • Reading - converting text-to-speech
  • Writing - planning and organizing writing and hearing your writing read back to you
  • Study tools - organizing content, listening to content, highlighting, embedding notes, vocabulary tools

First: Sign up for a Kurzweil Account

Amherst College Self-Enrollment Link

Note: You must log in with your Amherst user name and password to access the Self-Enrollment Link webpage to get your account and log in information. As part of requesting the software you must provide an Amherst College email address.

Second: Download the Software

While some students are content with the web-based version of Kurzweil, we do recommend the desktop versions since they offer the greatest functionality and reliability.

Note that these are large downloads! We suggest getting on a wired connection if possible. 

Other ways to use Kurzweil:

Who is Eligible?

  • Amherst Current Employees
  • Amherst Current Full-Time Students

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