Roane State Community College

Accessibility Programs

Below are some of the Accessibility Programs used by Roane State’s Disability Program to assist students with succeeding in the classroom.


Kurzweil is a text to speech program designed to help students that face problems with Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, English Language Learners, Special Education (SPED), Veterans, and Blind or Visually Impaired.

Product Guides on Getting Started with Kurzweil

The following link will provide the information on what Kurzweil 3000-firefly for windows is, and how to properly use it. Kurzweil 3000-Firefly (PDF) (Version 13 or later). The following link will provide the information on what Kurzweil 3000-firefly for windows is, and how to properly use it. Kurzweil Version 14 Start Guide (PDF)

How-To Videos for Kurzweil 3000

The following link provides training videos created by Kurzweil to assist in teaching users how to use their program. How-To Video Library (opens in a new window) (Version 13 or later). Use this link to access our archived webinars and to register for any upcoming webinars: Free Webinar Blogs (opens in a new window).

Kurzweil Technical Support and Frequently Asked Questions

If you are having issues understanding how to use Kurzweil program on devices please check out Kurzweil Frequently Asked Questions (opens in a new window). If you cannot find an answer to your issue in the Frequently Asked Questions try contacting Kurzweil Technical Support Team (opens in a new window).


NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) is a free open source “screen reader,” for MS Windows operating system which enables blind and visually impaired individuals to use computers. It reads the text on the screen in a computerized voice. You can control what is read to you by moving the cursor to the relevant area of text with a mouse or the arrows on your keyboard.

The download for NVDA and additional training can be found on the NV Access website (opens in new window) ( You can also visit WebAIM NVDA page for download and guidance.

To get a list of command for using the program here is the NVDA Quick Guide. (PDF)

If you use a MAC computer please use Apple’s native screen reader, called VoiceOver. For information on how to access this tool please visit Apple’s resources.


JAWS (Job Access With Speech) is another Screen Reader program available in Roane State.

Training Downloads for JAWS Program

Training Downloads page offers both DAISY Books for the JAWS program and Mp3 Files for download that assist to learning the ins and outs of JAWS software. Click on the following link to access : Training Downloads (opens in a new window).

Surf’s UP! Surfing the Internet with JAWS and MAGic Screen Reader Software

Surf’s Up! (opens in a new window), website offers help in key binds (short cuts) and navigating through websites online.

Dragon Naturally Speaking

Dragon Naturally Speaking software assists with learning-related disabilities and helps eliminate the barrier of typing.

Training Videos and Guides

Dragon Naturally Speaking offers videos and PDF guides that assist in learning the ins and outs of the Software. Click on “Getting Started” (opens in a new window) for a link to all training material offered by Dragon Naturally Speaking.

Merlin – Desktop Electronic Magnifier for Low Vision

Merlin Magnifier offers the ability to assist students with low vision disabilities to enlarge textbooks and papers, change color, and contrast to improve visibility.