Software Accommodations

Students who may benefit from the use of assistive software are encouraged to speak with Student Disability Services about options that may be best for them. In many instances, different software programs may offer similar assistance; however each student will have different preferences. We encourage students to preview different technologies in advance to determine which one may be best.

Students may elect to purchase software at their own cost, or may use the options available through SDS and Central Michigan University at no additional cost. If required for the purposes of test taking, SDS will provide the required software for proctored exams. The following describes different software solutions offered at Central Michigan University. 

Unless specifically noted to be available for Mac, all programs are Windows based.

Kurzweil 3000
Kurzweil 3000 is an assistive technology, text to speech, learning tool that supports the concept of Universal Design for Learning with a suite of powerful reading, writing, test-taking, and study skill tools that makes curricula accessible to all students. It is particularly appropriate for students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, those who require reading intervention, students struggling with reading comprehension and English Language Learners (ELL).

Processor 1.3 GHz Pentium 4 or better
System Memory 512 MB (1GB for 64-bit Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8)
Hard Disk Space 2GB of free space
Operating System Windows XP with Service Pack 3 or later, Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 or later, Windows 7, or Windows 8
Video Memory 4MB or better
Screen Resolutions 1024x768 24-bit color or better
Bandwidth All installed clients use some amount of bandwidth to connect to web services. Although the clients will work at just about any speed, we recommend a minimum of 56k/student, 512k/lab.
Additional Requirements DVD drive, keyboard, mouse, SoundBlaster 16-bit compatible sound card, speakers, microphone,
TWAIN-compatible scanner
Mozilla Firefox v3.5 or later or Microsoft Internet Explorer v7 or later for Read the Web functionality
Internet connection
Minimum G3 processor, running Mac OS 10.4 through 10.8.
Minimum 256 MB RAM (512 MB RAM for Cepstral voices).
Minimum 300 MB hard disk space (500 MB for Cepstral voices).
DVD drive, keyboard, mouse, speakers, microphone, Internet connection for Read the Web functionality.
Image Capture-compatible scanner.
NOTE: Kurzweil 3000 Mac v5 will NOT open native AppleWorks and ClarisWorks files
JAWS is the world's most popular screen reader, developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content. JAWS reads aloud what's on the PC screen and gives the user a unique set of intelligent tools for navigating and accesses Web pages and all screen content.

To use JAWS for Windows, you need a personal computer running Microsoft® Windows® with the following:
A processor capable of handling the requirements of the operating system in addition to any other programs you want to use with JAWS.
Enough memory to run the operating system and any programs you want to use with JAWS. Additional memory will improve system performance while JAWS is running.
JAWS requires less than 200 MB of hard disk space for program and settings files. Additional space is required for the operating system, other programs, and the Windows swap file.
A display adapter capable of at least 800 x 600 screen resolution with 16-bit color (1024 x 768 screen resolution with 32-bit color is recommended).
If you intend to use the Eloquence for JAWS software synthesizer, you need a sound card compatible with the version of Windows you are running. If you choose not to use Eloquence for JAWS, then you must have a JAWS compatible software or hardware speech synthesizer, or a refreshable braille display.
Note: If you do not have a sound card, JAWS does not provide speech during installation.
Proper licensing is required to run JAWS with Windows operating systems. The JAWS licenses are either Professional or Standard.
JAWS 64-bit Professional can be used with all 64-bit versions of Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista® and Windows Server® 2008.
JAWS 32-bit Professional can be used with the following 32-bit operating systems: all 32-bit versions of Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2003.
JAWS 64-bit Standard can be used with 64-bit Home, Home Basic, and Home Premium versions of Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista.
JAWS 32-bit Standard can be used with 32-bit Home, Home Basic, and Home Premium versions of Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP Home.
Note: While JAWS supports the Windows XP Media Center Edition operating system, support for Media Center applications is limited to areas where Microsoft Active Accessibility® has properly exposed adequate information.
MAGic opens up a whole new world of computing to low vision users. Whether you are surfing the Web, creating a document, e-mailing, or engaging in social networking, MAGic provides you the tools you need to work more efficiently. MAGic’s high-definition text delivers smooth, crisp letters for all fonts, even at the highest magnification. MAGic features 46 magnification levels from 1x to 36x. Built-in training tools, text and audio training, talking installation, online Help, and context-sensitive Help work together to make MAGic extremely easy to learn and use. MAGic with Speech features built-in human-sounding voices that you control independently for speaking text, mouse echo, and typing echo. Speech On Demand™ lets you easily access this aid only when you need it.

To use the latest version of MAGic, you need a personal computer running Microsoft Windows with the minimum requirements listed below. Proper licensing is required to run MAGic with Microsoft Windows operating systems.
Specification Minimum Requirement
MAGic or MAGic Scripting Edition 64-bit Version: Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 Release 2
32-bit Version: Windows 7 and Windows Vista® Service Pack 2 or later
Processor speed Minimum 1.5 GHz processor for Windows 7 or Windows Vista
Memory (RAM) Minimum 2 GB for Windows 7 (64-bit); 4 GB recommended
Minimum 1 GB required for Windows 7 (32-bit) or Windows Vista; 2 GB recommended
Required hard disk space 1.6 GB required during installation
44 MB to 120 MB required per voice for installing RealSpeak Solo Direct voices (file sizes will vary depending on the voice installed)
Video DirectX 9.1 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 driver or later; DirectX 10 or later recommended
Sound Windows compatible sound card (for speech)
Multi-monitor support Computer and video card that supports dual monitors; 32-bit color recommended; two computer monitors
Dragon Naturally Speaking
Speech recognition software. Zip around apps, from the web to email in an instant. Dictate long messages in seconds, make changes on the fly, and send without touching the keyboard. Dragon takes care of spelling and punctuation. It even learns how you like things formatted. Control your PC with your voice and commands are executed faultlessly.
It works with your favorite software and apps. You’ll find new ways it helps every time you use it. It’s about making everything you do easier and better. Dragon makes frustrating PC tasks simple, so using your computer becomes fun again. It understands your normal voice, so you can just be yourself

Internet Explorer 7 or higher to view the software’s Online Help (free download at
The plugin that provides enhanced capabilities for Gmail and Hotmail/ (the “Rich Internet Applications” extension) requires Internet Explorer 9 or 10, or the currently supported version of Firefox or Chrome — see for details
A sound card supporting 16-bit recording
A DVD-ROM drive for installation from disk
If you use a company-owned PC, make sure you have the privileges needed to install on it Microsoft's .NET Framework 4 (a Windows component)
A Nuance-approved noise-canceling microphone. See listings and details at (includes USB adapters and digital voice recorders)
An Internet connection for automatic product activation (a quick anonymous process)
Ram: We recommend 2 GB for 32-bit Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2008, 4 GB for 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2012. (Minimum: 1 GB for Windows XP and Windows Vista, 2 GB for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2012).
CPU: We recommend 2.2 GHz Intel® dual core or equivalent AMD processor. (Minimum: 1 GHz Intel Pentium® or equivalent AMD processor or 1.66 GHz Intel Atom® processor). Faster processors yield faster performance. IMPORTANT: SSE2 instruction set is required.
Processor Cache: We recommend 2 MB L2 cache. (Minimum: 512 KB)
Free hard disk space: If installing from a disk: 3.2 GB (4 GB for localized non-English versions)If installing from a download: three times as much space is initially needed (after the download is unpacked and installation completes, temporary files can be removed from the system)
Supporting operating systems: 
Windows 8, 32-bit and 64-bit
 Windows 7 SP1, 32-bit and 64-bit
 Windows Vista SP2, 32-bit and 64-bit
 Windows XP SP3, 32-bit only
 Windows Server 2008 SP2, 32-bit and 64-bit
 Windows Server 2008 R2 SP2, 64-bit
 Windows Server 2012 Standard Edition, 64-bit
A DVD-ROM drive for installation
A Nuance-approved noise-canceling headset microphone for Mac (included in purchase)
Note: An Internet connection is required for automatic product activation (a quick anonymous process)
Ram: We recommend 2 GB
CPU: Intel-based Mac computer (2.2 Ghz Intel Core2 Duo processor or greater recommended)
Free hard disk space: 4 GB
Supporting operating systems: 
OS X Lion (10.7)
OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)
OS X Mavericks (10.9)
Zoomtext Magnifier
ZoomText Magnifier is an advanced screen magnification program that enlarges and enhances everything on the computer screen, making your computer easier to see and use. Features crystal clear xFont magnification, customizable enhancements to on-screen colors, pointers, and cursors, an enhanced Web Finder for easy searching and navigating on the web, and so much more.

Windows 8 (note: Windows 8.1 Preview is not currently supported)
Processor: 2 GHz single core or 1 GHz dual core
Memory (RAM): 2 GB
Recommended: 4 GB or higher
Graphics card with support for DirectX 9.1 or above
Recommended: DirectX 10 or later
Recommended: 256 MB dedicated video memory
Hard disk space: 100 MB for US English, 350 MB for International versions
5-point multi-touch display required for ZoomText Touch Mode support
USB 2.0 (for future ZoomText Camera support)
One of the following operating systems:
Windows 7
Windows Vista
Windows XP (SP3)
1.5 GHz processor for Windows 7 or Vista;
1 GHz Pentium 4 or equivalent for Windows XP
Minimum 1 GB RAM for Windows 7 and Vista (2 GB recommended);
Minimum 512 MB required for Windows XP (1 GB recommended)
Minimum 50 MB free hard disk space
USB 2.0 (for webcam support)


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