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 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,
those who require reading intervention, students struggling with reading comprehension and English Language Learners (ELL).
1.3 GHz Pentium 4 or better
Memory 512 MB (1GB for 64-bit Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8)
Space 2GB of free space
System Windows XP with Service Pack 3 or later, Windows Vista with Service Pack
1 or later, Windows 7, or Windows 8
4MB or better
Resolutions 1024x768 24-bit color or better
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.
Requirements DVD drive, keyboard, mouse, SoundBlaster 16-bit compatible sound
card, speakers, microphone,
Mozilla Firefox v3.5 or later or Microsoft
Internet Explorer v7 or later for Read the Web functionality
processor, running Mac OS 10.4 through 10.8.
MB RAM (512 MB RAM for Cepstral voices).
MB hard disk space (500 MB for Cepstral voices).
keyboard, mouse, speakers, microphone, Internet connection for Read the Web
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
capable of handling the requirements of the operating system in addition to any
other programs you want to use with JAWS.
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.
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.
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).
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.
licensing is required to run JAWS with Windows operating systems. The JAWS
licenses are either Professional or Standard.
Professional can be used with all 64-bit versions of Windows 8, Windows 7,
Windows Vista® and Windows Server® 2008.
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.
Standard can be used with 64-bit Home, Home Basic, and Home Premium versions of
Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista.
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.
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.
MAGic or MAGic
Scripting Edition 64-bit Version: Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 Release 2
Version: Windows 7 and Windows Vista® Service Pack 2 or later
speed Minimum 1.5 GHz processor for Windows 7 or Windows Vista
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
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)
DirectX 9.1 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 driver or later; DirectX 10 or later
Windows compatible sound card (for speech)
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
Explorer 7 or higher to view the software’s Online Help (free download at
that provides enhanced capabilities for Gmail and Hotmail/Outlook.com (the
“Rich Internet Applications” extension) requires Internet Explorer 9 or 10, or
the currently supported version of Firefox or Chrome — see support.nuance.com
A sound card
supporting 16-bit recording
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)
Nuance-approved noise-canceling microphone. See listings and details at
support.nuance.com (includes USB adapters and digital voice recorders)
connection for automatic product activation (a quick anonymous process)
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).
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
Cache: We recommend 2 MB L2 cache. (Minimum: 512 KB)
disk space: If installing from a disk: 3.2 GB (4 GB for localized non-English
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)
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
drive for installation
Nuance-approved noise-canceling headset microphone for Mac (included in
Internet connection is required for automatic product activation (a quick
recommend 2 GB
Mac computer (2.2 Ghz Intel Core2 Duo processor or greater recommended)
disk space: 4 GB
OS X Lion
Mountain Lion (10.8)
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.
(note: Windows 8.1 Preview is not currently supported)
GHz single core or 1 GHz dual core
(RAM): 2 GB
4 GB or higher
card with support for DirectX 9.1 or above
DirectX 10 or later
256 MB dedicated video memory
space: 100 MB for US English, 350 MB for International versions
multi-touch display required for ZoomText Touch Mode support
USB 2.0 (for
future ZoomText Camera support)
One of the
following operating systems:
processor for Windows 7 or Vista;
Pentium 4 or equivalent for Windows XP
Minimum 1 GB
RAM for Windows 7 and Vista (2 GB recommended);
MB required for Windows XP (1 GB recommended)
MB free hard disk space
USB 2.0 (for