Family Friendly Tech and Advocacy: Tech Psychologist's Guide by Dr. Jeanne Beckman

Family Friendly Tech and Advocacy: Tech Psychologist's Guide   by Dr. Jeanne Beckman
Finally, a book to help families find the right technology to accommodate reading disorders (dyslexia) and other disabilties! ISBN 978-1-60264-089-4

How to purchase my book

To purchase through Virtual Bookworm (my publisher) you can click Virtual Bookworm Publisher: Tech Psychologist's Guide or
Amazon no longer allows Illinois professionals to get credit for referrals to Amazon due to a sales tax dispute. I will be referring to Powell's in the near future.

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Technology for those with ALS

Most people have become familiar with computers, with email, and cell phones. However, for the disabled community, technology is their lifeline. Speaking when one's voice is silent, staying connected via email with others when fingers cannot type on the keyboard, remaining independent with tasks such as electronic grocery shopping, and remaining in charge of their medical decision-making by online researching of medical practices are just a few of the ways in which those with ALS can remain connected and functional. Here's a video of Marie-France who has Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS):

Does it make sense?
Some schools still persist in the belief that students with disabilities should learn the regular way first, denying students their legal rights to access to their mainstream curricula. Instead of denying access to accommodations and access tools, schools should be asking what they can do to support every student's strengths in independent learning.

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