Kurzweil 1000 V14

Kurzweil 1000 TM

New Features Added to Award-Winning Scan & Read Software with On-the-Go Access


The award-winning scan and read software from Kurzweil Education is now even better. The latest release of k1000, Version 14, introduces the powerful new features users want – providing full access to print and digital reading materials.

What is K1000?

k1000 makes printed or electronic text accessible to people with blindness and visual impairments – speaking text aloud in a variety of natural-sounding voices that can be modified to individual preferences.

Users save time and gain independence – whether at home, school, or work. k1000 is easy to use for beginners, yet powerful and flexible for advanced users.

“I use k1000 to scan my books, mail, even food boxes. I have found it to be the most efficient and user-friendly way for me to read almost anything without human assistance. Each new version of Kurzweil 1000 has increased scanning accuracy and added features that make scanning, finding and reading material of all types faster and easier.” -—Sarah Van O., k1000 User

Download a trial:

download a free trial of Kurzweil 1000 V14 for Windows.


  • Extract Images into PDF Files
  • Recognition of PNG Files
  • OCR Upgrades
  • New Scanning Mode
  • Proofreading Mechanism
  • Recordable Voice Notes
  • Advanced Editing Capabilities
  • Enhanced Navigation within Documents



Combines traditional reading machine technologies such as scanning, image processing, and text-to-speech with communication and productivity tools.


Delivers quick access to a wealth of information including online books, magazines and encyclopedias.


Includes features for note taking, summarizing content, and outlining text.


  • Study Tools
  • Simple Forms Recognition and Completion
  • Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Engines
  • State-of-the-Art Speech Options
  • Appointment Calendar with Audible Reminders
  • Online Information Search and Retrieval
  • Read Files Away From Home
  • Broad Range of File Access
  • Call us

    For more information or to purchase, please contact us.

Leasey! The perfect companion!

What is Leasey?

Leasey, (which functions in conjunction with the JAWS for Windows screen-reader from Freedom Scientific), is the world’s first application ideal for people wishing to learn computing through to the power user. From everyday simple tasks such as writing a letter or Email, to tools for study or leisure reading, from searching for (and listening to) books, to hearing your favourite music or the radio, Leasey has a host of tools, utilities and services to offer the computer beginner to the advanced user. Every JAWS user should have Leasey!

Leasey uses mainstream applications, adapted to make them accessible for everyone, no matter your computing ability. You’re not restricted to using a specially designed interface, making it possible to use a computer belonging to family and friends. If your computer knowledge expands, you do not need an alternative technology product. Leasey is right with you, every step of the way!

For the latest info on Leasey, please visit the Leasey Central site at LeaseyCentral.com.

What is Leasey Basic?

Have you just purchased your first computer and don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, computing doesn’t have to be complicated! Leasey makes it easy for new computer users to access (and work with) frequently used programs.

  • Through a simple and easy-to-use menu system, with Leasey you can write documents, manage your Email, read your talking books, hear radio stations, talk to your friends on Skype, work with an address book, keep track of appointments, hear music files and CD’s, surf the web, tweet on Twitter, and much more! Leasey makes tasks simple!
  • Now We’re Talking! Leasey’s female guidance voice is human and not synthetic. She is your friend and will talk you through the menus and give you help when you need it most, introducing you to synthetic speech gradually.
  • I Need Some Help! No problem. Not sure what to do at any time? Help is always at hand. Press a keystroke and Leasey will tell you what to do next.
  • One key to go forward, another to go back. When in a program, through her menu system Leasey will give you the options you are likely to need most. Press Enter to go into a menu, Escape to go back. In Leasey’s menus, when writing text, apply bold or underlining, Find and Replace, insert today’s date, and more. You can even create a letter with address templates. When composing Email, create or reply to a message, read it or send.
  • Where do I Start! Leasey’s Getting Started audio DAISY guide teaches you how to use Leasey from the time you switch on your computer.

I’m Already a JAWS User – Why Would I Need Leasey?

Meet Leasey Advanced! Leasey Advanced provides you with a sophisticated set of tools to use your computer efficiently, saving you time and making life easier. So, as you grow in confidence, there’s still a lot she can do for you.

  • Leasey Select. Easily select (or highlight) text within our supported computing applications without the need to continually hold down a number of Keys on the Keyboard including the Shift Key.
  • LeaseyTexts. Reproduce phrases or paragraphs within seconds, either by selecting them from a list or create your own shorthand!
  • LeaseyCuts. Locate folders, web pages and documents with incredible speed.
  • LeaseyConnect. Your fully featured address book from where you can Email contacts, talk with them on Skype, tweet them on Twitter or simply type their postal address.
  • Leasey Points. Easily find those important passages in documents or web pages.
  • LeaseyAlerts. Do you find locating parts of websites difficult? Set a LeaseyAlert to set focus to them automatically.
  • LeaseyTags. Move, copy or delete files and folders in Windows Explorer all at once. Tagged files can also be used to create audio playlists.
  • LeaseySearch. Want to read the latest best-selling novel? Find books quickly and easily including those from RNIB Overdrive, Bookshare and Audible.
  • LeaseyDiary. A simple, easy-to-use calendar that just works! You’ll never miss an appointment again.
  • LeaseyClock. Comprehensive stopwatch, countdown timer and alarm functions, plus high quality (and fully customisable) Westminster chimes which can be heard throughout the day.
  • LeaseySkype. Talking to your friends and family has never been easier. With Leasey, Skype is now so accessible! Easily find contacts to see if they are online,. Hear who is signing in and out of Skype, Quickly set your Mood Text, and much more!
  • LeaseyAudio. Create playlists of songs from your music collection, arranging them in the order you want. Listen to them from start to finish or just a small selection. Go directly to your audio library. Play or stop the audio, adjust the volume, shuffle the playing order or skip through the music from any application! With CD’s, you can listen to them or even create them yourself.
  • LeaseyRadio. Choose from hundreds of stations in 10 categories. Set favourites, assign presets and find out what’s in the LeaseyRadio top 10! You can also have your favourite stations added, read the currently playing song title and control playback from anywhere!
  • Shortcut Keys. All options for the advanced user have logical shortcut keys which are quick and easy to press. If you have trouble remembering them, learn them from Hotkey Help or simply activate them from it! Leasey anticipates the kind of help you need or she will remember the task you were previously doing.
  • Internet Updating! Leasey is frequently and quickly updated via the internet. Select “Check for Updates” and she will take care of the rest!

Continue reading Leasey! The perfect companion!

Available Speaking phones

Unlocking Abilities is now offering Nokia phones with or without screen reading software installed.


These are older models however, we have been approached by many of our valued clients to source these devices for them as some of the newer devices are not easy for everyone to use.

Important note:

A few clients had some questions regarding these phones. We would like to make you aware of the following:

  • All phones are sourced locally from South Africa and thus carries a full garuntee.
  • We are not making a profit on providing these devices other than recovering operational costs.
  • All devices are sealed unless specified as having been used as a demo device.


Should you have a specific request, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We are here for you.


Nokia model Price (without Speech installed) Price (With Nuance Talks Premium, Phone based   IMEI) Price (With CodeFactory MobileSpeak, Sim   based)
E63 Demo (No box) R1,150.00 R4,150.00 R3,450.00
E63 R1,837.5 R4,837.50 R4,137.50
C5-00 R2,000.00 R5,000.00 R4,300.00
E5 R2,050.00 R5,050.00 R4,350.00
6700 Slide R2,050.00 R5,050.00 R4,350.00
N82 r2,450.00 r5,450.00 r4,750.00


DocuScan Plus

Gone are the days when you have to call on a friend or family member to read your mail and other hard copy. DocuScan Plus makes it easy to scan, read, save, and email printed material and PDF documents, and because the product resides in the cloud, it is the only assistive technology product of its kind that makes these documents available to you wherever you may need them. Talk to us about dramatically improving your experience with the printed word!


If you can’t wait and would like to take this baby for a test drive, the friendly folks at Serotek allows you to do just that. Just visit www.DocuScanPlus.com to start your demo today still.

If you are not in South Africa, feel free to go ahead and to purchase the product directly from Serotek. However, for those living in South Africa, Unlocking Abilities will offer you support and easier payment options. Either way, you can’t go wrong and you won’t pay more; regardless of who you choose.

Product Highlights

  • Easily scan books, magazines, bank statements and more with quick, intuitive keystrokes
  • Log into DocuScanPlus.com to retrieve these documents on demand from any Internet connected Windows-based computer.
  • Convert scanned results to DAISY, MP3, braille, or large print
  • Send documents to your Amazon Kindle
  • E-mail documents without ever leaving DocuScan Plus
  • Password protect material for added security

What are you waiting for? Get your copy of DocuScan Plus today!

Product Description

For R6,000 less than the assistive technology competition, DocuScan Plus raises the impact of the printed word to the power of the worldwide web. The developers took the best optical character recognition technology, harnessed the efficiency of cloud deployment, and leveraged the combination to give you accurate scanning results in a variety of accessible formats.

DocuScan Plus is the most versatile compatible OCR package of its kind. It is the first fully accessible, Internet-based scanning and reading software for the blind and visually impaired that works with both Windows and the Mac. Using a variety of popular scanners or a HoverCam document camera in conjunction with DocuScan Plus, you can convert printed materials and PDF files into text and access your converted documents at a public library, in your office, or on your commute with a mobile device.

Don’t pay extra for accessing DocuScan Plus on a Windows PC and a Mac. Scan materials on Windows and access them from your Mac. Scan materials on your Mac or PC and access them from any Internet-connected Windows PC by visiting www.DocuScanPlus.com. This is universal access at its best!

With DocuScan Plus you won’t need an expensive screen reader to use the application. On Windows, DocuScan Plus provides its own speech output and magnification; on the Mac, it works seamlessly with VoiceOver and Zoom.

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What Customers Say

“I love how I can now scan a chapter from a book in my dorm and later read that chapter on my iPhone on the bus. That’s just crazy! The good kind of crazy.”–Kristy Callahan

Merlin 2 HD LCD with 22″ LCD Monitor

Introducing the next generation Merlin CCTV. The Merlin LCD is setting

  • the standard for desktop CCTV video magnifiers. Reading, writing and your favorite hobby are made easy with the
  • new Merlin LCD – the clear choice in desktop video magnifiers for low vision users. Boasting a stylish, ergonomic
  • design with easy to use built-in controls that “move with you”, the Merlin LCD is ideal for students, older adults and working professionals.  

    Merlin LCD features an integrated 20″, 22″ or 24″ LCD widescreen with

  • an autofocus camera and simple east to use built-in controls that move with the monitor screen. The user can pivot
  • and adjust the height of the screen to fit his/her most comfortable viewing position. As a fully assembled one piece unit, the Merlin LCD makes set-up quick and effortless.

    Key Merlin LCD Features:

    • A display screen with a fast 4 MS response rate
    • Provides clear crisp images with the highest resolution quality
    • Built-in controls that move with the screen
    • True/vivid natural colors for viewing photos, crafts, etc.
    • Automatic Focus
    • Screen pivots, tilts and swivels in all directions
    • Raise and lower screen for optimal height
    • Adjustable brightness control with the built-in energy efficient, long lasting
    • LED lighting

    • 4 standard viewing modes* with 3 pre-set color select modes (25 other text/background
    • color combinations available)

    • Wide range of adjustable magnification (3.8x-85x on 24″ monitor, 3.4x-77x
    • on 22″ monitor, 2.7x-62x on 20″ monitor)

    • 3 year warranty on complete unit
    • Fully assembled one piece unit. Just plug in and begin reading
    • Computer Compatible with optional Feature Kit


  • HIMS – BookSense T50 Portable Book Reader/Recorder

    education, information, and entertainment

    Students can access school textbooks, people in the workplace can stay current with journals or business magazines, and anyone can enjoy newspapers, favorite novels, a bestseller, and even their favorite music.

    With a comfortable feel when held in your hand, the BookSense is very easy to use. Weighing only four ounces, it is portable and powerful and easily fits into a shirt pocket, backpack, or purse, so you can take it anywhere.
    • Two models are offered : BookSense and BookSense XT. Both models play audio files, DAISY content, and read documents. Secured-Digital (SD) memory card slot, and built-in digital recorder are all standard features.

    The media player supports a variety of formats, such as MP3, MP4, OGG, WAV, WAX, M4A, WMA, and Audible. Use the media player to listen to your music collection, including music downloaded from Apple iTunes.

    PLEXTALK Recording Software Pro

    PLEXTALK Recording Software Pro (PRS Pro) is a DAISY2.02 (*) production tool, which can import DAISY2.0 content for editing or upgrading.
    Three functions in one package (Recording/Editing/CD-R Writing).

    * Please note that PRS Pro can only produce DAISY books that are structured audio and it does not have the capability of producing full text DAISY books.

    PlexTalk – PTR2 Daisy Player & Recorder

    Designed for individuals that are blind or have low vision, The Plextalk PTR2 Digital DAISY Player and Recorder is a high quality recorder with extensive Daisy playback features and stand-alone recording capability. Versatile and portable, Plextalk PTR2 has the ability to play DAISY 2.02 audio books, music CDs, audio file CDs, CF cards, and can also be used as a CD-RW or memory card drive when connected via USB to a computer. When connected using a USB cable you can transfer recordings into your PC and use the Plextalk Recording Software (PRS) to edit or reorganize the recordings for easier use later. With the Plextalk PTR2 you can record class lectures, meetings, conferences, business meetings, special events and many other situations to meet all of your
    communication needs.

    The Plextalk PTR2 Digital DAISY Player and Recorder can be operated in two main modes, “Normal” mode or “Book Creator” mode. Normal mode gives you a simplified and straightforward interface, and is ideal for beginners who want to create a recording quickly and easily. This mode does not include some of the more advanced recording and editing features. Book Creator mode on the other hand gives you all the necessary tools to create a fully structured, audio only, DAISY 2.02 book. Features for this mode include insert, punch in and overwrite recording, phrase editing and the ability to set heading levels.

    An easy-to-use voice guidance feature allows the user to operate all functions and makes navigation painless. The memory function for the Plextalk PTR2 Digital DAISY Player and Recorder can hold up to 10,000 bookmarks, notes and voice recordings, while the CF card gives users the ability easily back-up DAISY titles and music CDs. The Plextalk PTR2 also has a drip-proof, soft plastic outer structure that absorbs shock if dropped and protects against accidental splashes. Additional functions include a talking watch, timer, calculator, and sleep timer.

    Plextalk PTR2 Digital DAISY Player and Recorder Features:

    • Plays DAISY titles, music CDs, audio file CDs and CF cards
    • “Normal” and “Book Creator” modes
    • Memory function allows for up to 10,000 bookmarks
    • Quick search and navigation
    • Built-in high performance speaker
    • Built-in microphone, external microphone and line input
    • High quality recording in MP3 and PCM
    • Maximum 90 hours of recording on CD-R (700MB)
    • External CD-R/RW drive and memory card reader
    • Approximately 8 hours of recording and playback with CF card with battery operation
    • Easily back-up DAISY titles and music CDs
    • Shock resistance and drip-proof body
    • Voice guidance to operate all functions
    • Talking watch, timer, and talking calculator functions
    • Can be used as an alarm clock

    Plextalk PTR2 Digital DAISY Player and Recorder Specifications:

    • Product Dimensions: 8.07″L x 6.58″W x 1.97″H
    • Product Weight: 2.07 lbs.
    • Battery Type: Lithium Ion
    • Battery Charging Time: Approximately 5 hours
    • Recording Method: Daisy 2.02, CD-DA
    • Power Source: AC adapter (AC 100 to 240 V) or rechargeable battery
    • Sound Output: Headphone (stereo) 3.5mm, built-in speaker (monaural)
    • Memory Function: Up to 10000 voice bookmarks, 30 min. notes and voice bookmarks
    • Operating Systems: Windows 98SE/Me/2000/XP
    • Playable Audio Formats: MP3, MP2, DAISY ADPCM2, PCM, Ogg Vorbis
    • Compatible CD: 12 cm CD, CD-R, and CD-RW (Plextalk PTR2 is only compatible with round CDs. Irregularly shaped CDs such as the business card type will cause a malfunction and should not be used.)
    • Includes: PTR2 unit, CD with user’s guide, quick user’s guide, FCC notice, AC adaptor, Plextalk Recording Software (PRS)
    • Conforms to SCMS (Serial Copy Management System) standards

    What is DAISY? DAISY is an acronym that stands for Digital Accessible Information System. It is the format that is being developed as the international standard for digital talking books. DAISY books can be played on a dedicated hardware player or on a computer equipped with the appropriate software. Please visit the web site, www.daisy.org for further details about DAISY.

    Focus 40 Blue Braille Display

    Crisp, Paper-like Braille, Ultra-responsive Keyboard, and Bluetooth

    The new Focus 40 Blue combines the latest Braille technology, the most user friendly keyboard and control layout, and both USB and Bluetooth connectivity
    in an extremely lightweight and compact design.

    Use the Focus 40 Blue with BrailleIn™ to enter contracted Braille, switch to display modes such as structured and line mode, or perform all keyboard commands
    for complete control of your PC. The comfort and response of the refined Perkins-style keyboard permits hours of effortless Braille text input.

    Advanced Navigation – More Efficient and Ergonomic

    Advanced navigation features allow quick movement around documents with natural, efficient hand movements for greater productivity. Read documents and
    e-mail, work with spreadsheets, and surf the Web – never moving your hands from the Braille display.

    • Freedom Scientific’s exclusive NAV Rockers let you rapidly scroll by line, sentence, or paragraph, or pan through a document
    • Front panel selector buttons can be used in combination with panning buttons, rocker bars, and cursor router keys to select a block of text, page up or down, or move to the beginning or end of a document
    • Two front-mounted thumb keys for panning
    • Two rocker bars for line up/down
    • Two Selector keys
    • Two Shift keys

    Select your personal Braille firmness with VariBraille

    When used with JAWS, the Focus 40 Blue supports our popular Braille Study Mode, an interactive tool for teaching and learning Braille
    A Perkins-style keyboard provides you with a logical, structured interface to issue navigation, Windows, and JAWS commands without removing your hands
    from the display, including BrailleIn™ that allows you to enter contracted Braille directly into many applications from the Focus 40 Blue.

    ABBYY FineReader 11 Professional OCR Software

    ABBYY FineReader® 11 Professional is the latest version of an award-winning OCR software that creates editable, searchable files and e-books from scans of paper documents, PDFs and digital photographs. More than 20 million people around the world use ABBYY FineReader at home and the office for text recognition and document processing. New levels of speed and accuracy deliver unmatched recognition and conversion, virtually eliminating retyping or reformatting.
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