Jacksonville State University's
Dr. Lawrence A. Beard, son of Juanita E. Beard and the late Reverend
William O. Beard of Athens, recently co-authored a textbook entitled
Assistive Technology: Access for All Students.
The book is available through
Prentice Hall Publishing Company and such book outlets as Barnes and
Noble. Assistive technology is any piece of equipment or service that
can help a student with exceptionalities interact with their educational
environment as well as their working and living environments.
Dr. Beard, associate professor
of special education, said he co-authored the book because there was
a lack of information available on this important subject in the life
of some students. This book is organized around the theme of universal
design and discusses how assistive technology can help educators meet
the needs of individuals with disabilities. It examines assistive technology
for young children, high incidence disabilities, positioning and mobility,
communication, sensory impairments, distance learning and more.
Ethical standards of practice
and multiculturalism are considered throughout. The book addresses student
interactions in a variety of settings and discusses how assistive technology
can be used not only in the school, but also in the home, community,
workplace and independent living environment.
Dr. Beard is a 1973 graduate
of Athens High School and has a rich background working with students
with exceptionalities, including work experience at the Lurleen B. Wallace
Developmental Center in Decatur and the Shrine School for Exceptional
Children in Jasper, Alabama. His administrative experience includes
work with the Florida State Department of Education, and being the program
chair for the Program in Mental Retardation Education at Tuskegee University.
Dr. Beard has also had higher education experience at Georgia Southern