Kurzweil Educational Systems, a maker of reading technology for individuals with learning disabilities and visual impairments, is now accepting applications for its 2005 software awards. The awards recognize students, teachers, and schools who have shown a commitment to learning or an excellence in teaching students, including those with learning disabilities. In addition to the three existing awards, Kurzweil Educational Systems has added a fourth award, “Innovator of the Year,” for educators currently using Kurzweil 3000 who have developed an innovative or unique use for the software. All award winners will receive complimentary licenses of Kurzweil 3000 for individual or classroom use, as well as complimentary support services. The three existing awards are the Kurzweil Educational Systems Teaching Excellence Award, given to a K-12 teacher who demonstrates excellence in helping students (including those with a learning disability) optimize their learning potential, and who shows a strong understanding and interest in integrating technology into the curriculum; the Kurzweil Educational Systems School Excellence Award, given to a K-12 public or private school (or district) in the U.S. that has shown a commitment to integrating students with learning disabilities into the general classroom and training opportunities for staff; and the Kurzweil Educational Systems Scholastic Excellence Award, given to two U.S. high school seniors or full-time community college students of high merit with identified learning disabilities who plan to pursue a two- or four-year undergraduate degree.

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