Tech Psychologist's Guide™ to Technology and Access Tools
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 & EducatorLandmark College, Putney, VT
Wow! This book is a great resource which empowers parents to advocate for their children who have learning issues. The DIMS Approach- Does it Make Sense- is a very logical approach to brainstorming and putting into place the most effective solutions to enhance the learning process... [and] offers parents and other educators a logical step-by-step approach to help children succeed academically.
Joan L. Green, M.A. CCC_SLP
Author of Technology for Communication and Cognitive Treatment: The Clinician's Guide.
As an advocate for equal learning opportunity for ALL children, Dr. Beckman not only calls attention to current limitations in our educational institutions, particularly for children with different learning styles, but she also shares the avenues which are available to children through the use of assistive technology. She informs parents of possible pathways to learning for their children and asks the larger community's assistance in helping each child to access and know his/her special gifts to our society.
Anthony L. Kambich, President
Deerfield Montessori Schools, Illinois, USA
In this age of technology parents ask, "Can I find tools which will help my child learn and be successful?" Teachers ask, "Can I implement assistive technology even though I'm not a computer expert?" Administrators ask, "Can I know if assistive technology is effective?" Dr. Jeanne Beckman answers, "Yes, you can." With her 25 years of experience, Dr. Beckman has learned how to effectively provide assistive technology for people with special needs. Her guiding compass is her DIMS™ Approach: “Does It Make Sense."
Both parents and professionals will find her book helpful in making today’s curriculum accessible for each student.
James Nuttall, Ph.D.
Psychologist and Education Research Consultant
Michigan Department of Education