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.

What is that TinyURL notation that you see in my blog? For those who use a screen reader, the link that is hidden behind words like Tech Psychologist Guide remains hidden. However, screen readers can read aloud the website address, or URL, if it was produced by Also, sometimes these addresses are so long that they wrap around several lines or overlap into colored areas of a website that obscure the actual address. Intrigued? You can create your own tinyurl's at

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Do I have to have a diagnosed learning disability to benefit from text-to-speech?

Many adults and children have asked whether someone could benefit from text-to-speech, such as" Kurzweil," if they've never been diagnosed as having a learning disability such as dyslexia. The answer is a resounding "YES!" Slow readers, delayed learners, those who do not speak, those with autism, those who have difficulty remembering what they read, those who have trouble paying attention to what they read, those who tire easily as they read, those who have difficulty holding a book or turning pages,... the list goes on and on. There are many ways to personalize the software to meet your particular needs.

Personally, I use Kurzweil 3000 to read while I'm on my treadmill so that I don't have to hold a book (no bouncing pages) and can see the words while I hear them. How do you like to read?

Here's a YouTube video of a demonstration of Kurzweil 3000:

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