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I am proud to introduce my own book:

Beckman, Jeanne, 2007.  Tech Psychologist’s Guide™ to Technology and Access Tools. College Station TX: Virtualbookworm.  (ISBN 978-1-60264-089-4) 

Here's where you can find it:

My publisher: VirtualBookworm.com: http://preview.tinyurl.com/3d2a6l

Tech Psychologist book Or, click on this link: Tech Psychologist's Guide

It is also available at Amazon:

Here's what one reviewer said:

Dr. Jeanne Beckman has provided us with a thorough and accessible resource for understanding the ever-changing context we encounter when seeking accommodations for learning differences in schools, colleges, and beyond. In Tech Psychologist’s Guide™ to Technology and Access Tools, she demonstrates how the growing application of universal design supports parents, students, and others in advocating for new technologies that aid its implementation.

A discussion of theoretical and technical issues is interwoven with personal narrative, brief anecdotes, and an emphasis on the central question: “Does It Make Sense? (DIMS ™),” making this a friendly and highly engaging read. She expands on the DIMS™ acronym to provide a map (Describe, Investigate, Modify, and Set into Action) for navigating a variety of topics, such as dealing with barriers to appropriate access tools and handling bullies both overt and subtle. Most inspiring is her encouragement to parents, students, and teachers to Pay Forward the wisdom they gain from staying the course of this sometimes bumpy, exciting path toward inclusion of all learning styles.

Chapters are offered in small, potent segments, making this book useful both as a cover-to-cover read or a handy reference. Dr. Beckman includes in an early chapter a quote by Yeats: “Education is not filling a pail, but lighting a fire” - and that is precisely what her words have done for this reader.

Kathy Burris, M.L.I.S., Assistive Technology Coordinator & Educator, Landmark College, Putney, VT

Here's what Helen Gallagher (author of Computer Ease and Release Your Writing) said: "Dr. Beckman has created a powerful how-to guide to help families find the right technology to accommodate reading and other disabilities. There is a wealth of technology available in this book to help parents and adult learners. As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Beckman teaches people how to fit the tools to changing needs. Her "Does it make sense?" strategy helps deal with all the obstacles along the way. "

For more information about my book, please go to Http://www.Techpsychologist.com/techpsychbook.html

Read Dr. Beckman's quotes about assistive technology in:

Gallagher, Helen, 2005.  Computer Ease.  College Station TX: Virtualbookworm.  Here's my review of her book:

I'm thrilled that Helen Gallagher is finally sharing her comfort/expertise model of working with computer users in her new book. This book is especially helpful for those who may be intimidated by fast-talking techies who don't understand how "non-techies" think. As a contributor to Computer Ease in the area of assistive technology tools, I especially like the way the author raised the awareness of adapting computer use to accommodate learning, vision, and other disabilities for greater independence. Not only has the author packed this book with practical, easy-to-follow solutions for almost every computer problem, but she also leaves readers with confidence to tackle new computer problems they may encounter.

Find out more  about Computer Ease at www.cclarity.com.

Other favorites:

Other favorites:

Bateman, Barbara and Herr, Cynthia, 2003. Writing Measurable IEP Goals and Objectives. Verona, WI: IEP Resources

LaVoie, Richard, 2005. It's So Much Work to Be Your Friend. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Levine, Mel. A Mind at a Time, 2002. New York: Simon and Schuster.

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McIntosh, Marlene, 2004. Kurzweil 3000 Training Guide (specify version of Kurzweil). Ontario, Canada: Cambrian College.

Mooney, Jonathan and Cole, Learning Outside the Lines, 2000. New York: Simon and Schuster.

Orenstein, Myrna, 2007. Smart but Stuck: How Resilience Frees Imprisoned Intelligence from Learning Disabilities . Binghamton, N.Y.: Haworth Press



Sedita, Joan, (2003). Active Learning and Study Strategies Using Kurzweil 3000. Bedford, MA: Kurzweil Educational Systems

Shaywitz, Sally, 2003. Overcoming Dyslexia. New York: Alfred A. Knopf

Thompson, Sue, 1997. The Source for Nonverbal Learning Disorders. East Moline, IL: LinguiSystems.

Wright, Pam and Wright, Pete, 2002. From Emotions to Advocacy: The Special Education Survival Guide. Hartfield, VA: Harbor House Law Press.

Wright, Peter W.D. and Wright, Pamela Darr, 2005. Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004. Hartfield, VA: Harbor House Law Press.

Wright, Peter W.D. and Wright, Pamela Darr, 2001. Wrightslaw: Special Education Law. Hartfield, VA: Harbor House Law Press.

Wright, Peter W.D., Wright, Pamela Darr, Heath, Suzanne Whitney, No Child Left Behind. Hartfield, VA: Harbor House Law Press.

Videotape and/or DVD

Lavoie, Richard. (1989) How Difficult Can This Be? The F.A.T. City Workshop [videotape]. Greenwich, CT: P.B.S. Video.

Lavoie, Richard, Last One Picked, First one Picked On, 1994. Alexandria, VA: PBS [Videotape].

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