Assistive Technology on MSU Microlab Computers

Each of the ATS maintained campus microlab computers have Kurzweil 3000 LD reading software, ZoomText screen magnifier and JAWS screen reader available. These programs can be launched through the start menu / utilities.

Kurzweil 3000 Can Now be Accessed on Personal Computers by Students and Staff Members

The Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities is pleased to announce that as of 2016 it has obtained a campus-wide license for the award-winning technology Kurzweil 3000 (K3000+firefly). Individual accounts are now available to any MSU student, faculty, or staff member for free! K3000+firefly is a learning software that can convert a multitude of documents into audio to be read aloud by the program. This software offers many supplementary study options including audio, visual, translation, and text-based study tools.

K3000+firefly can be accessed through desktop download on your personal computer, online anywhere with internet access, or on the app for iPads. To download your own copy, send a blank email message to K3000@rcpd.msu.edu. You must send this message from an MSU email account. An automated server will send you complete links and instructions.

We encourage the MSU community to take advantage of this amazing software designed to deliver highly-customizable support anytime, anywhere via multiple platforms.

Training for using this and other learning tools is available to all RCPD students. Contact the RCPD to set up a training session.


A former student smiling in front of a computer as he uses Kurzweil 3000.

Bob, a former Agriculture student, utilizes Kurzweil 3000 for all of his required reading.

 


 

How to Access ZoomText

Find ZoomText on any MSU microlab computer by going to the "Start" menu, "All Programs," "Utilities," "Zoomtext," and finally click on "ZoomText" on the last menu column.

screenshot of zoomtext being launched
 


How to Access JAWS

Access JAWS on an MSU microlab computer by going to the "Start" menu, "All Programs," "Utilities," "JAWS," and finally click on "JAWS" in the final column.

screenshot of JAWS being launched
 
In order to have JAWS open automatically when you log on to any MSU microlab computer, complete the following steps:
  1. Open Notepad
  2. Change file name from "*.txt" to "JAWS.txt"
  3. Save file in your AFS space (the P-drive on an MSU microlab computer)
  4. Logout
  5. Next time you log in JAWS will automatically open