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Well, I finally am introducing my own family friendly tech book, which arrived October 8th: Beckman, Jeanne, 2007. Tech Psychologist’s Guide™ to Technology and Access Tools. College Station TX: Virtualbookworm

(ISBN 978-60264-089-4). 

Available from Virtualbookworm.com:


Also available from Amazon.com and other online retailers

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
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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.

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, 2001.  Smart But Stuck: Emotional Aspects of Learning Disabilities and Imprisoned Intelligence.          Binghamton, N.Y.: Haworth Press

Scherer, Marcia, 2005. Living in the State of Stuck. How Assistive Technology Impacts the Lives of People with Disabilities. Manchester, NH: Brookline Books.

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.  Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, second Edition .  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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