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June 2013

Some Tips For Users of Kurzweil 3000 Toolbars

June 24, 2013 | Margaret W. | Comments (0)

In one of May's blogs, I directed readers to videos for new users of Kurzweil 3000. I recently located some great documents that will also help you on your way to learning and using this fabulous program. These have been produced by the Inclusive Design Research Centre.

The IDRC is "a research and development centre at OCAD University where an international community of open source developers, designers, researchers, advocates and volunteers work together to ensure that emerging technology and practices are designed inclusively". 

The IDRC has provided online tutorials for all four toolbars on Kurzweil 3000. The toolbars are user-friendly ways to navigate the Kurzweil 3000 software.

Kurzweil 3000 Study Skills Toolbar

Kurzweil 3000 Reading Toolbar

Kurzweil 3000 Writing Toolbar

Kurzweil 3000 "Classic" Toolbar

Check them out!










June Is Deaf-Blind Awareness Month

June 11, 2013 | Margaret W. | Comments (0)


Helen Keller, c. 1904. Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (LC-USZ62- 112513)
June is Deaf-Blind Awareness Month, designated to celebrate both the achievements of deaf-blind persons and the birth month of Helen Keller.

Helen Keller was born June 27th, 1880, and became both blind and deaf at the age of two due to an illness. With her teacher Annie Sullivan at her side, she accomplished in her life what to many seemed to be utterly impossible - including graduating with honours from Radcliffe College in 1900. Writer and humanitarian, Helen Keller has become an inspiration to many people throughout the world. She died in 1968.

The Library has many children's books about Helen Keller's extraordinary life. Here is just a sampling:

Annie and Helen

Helen Keller's Big World

Helen Keller The World In Her Heart

Annie and Helen
Helen Keller's Big World
Helen Keller: The World In Her Heart

The Library also has many books for adults about Helen Keller and her world.


The Miracle Worker

The Story of My Life

The Radical Lives of Helen Keller
The "Miracle Worker" and the Transcendentalist: Annie Sullivan, Franklin Sanborn and the Education of Helen Keller

The Story of My Life

 (The Library also has this title as an eBook and an eAudiobook)

The Radical Lives of Helen Keller

Have a look.

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart." -Helen Keller


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