Learning Ally Blog: Access and Achievement


Now more than ever, people with learning and visual disabilities are flourishing in the classroom, launching productive careers and becoming assets in their communities. This blog spotlights remarkable individuals who demonstrate that having a visual or print disability is no barrier to educational success.

Audiobooks are Music to Ears of Students with Disabilities
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What began as a recording service for blind soldiers returning from war and blossomed into the world’s largest pic3library of human-narrated audiobooks is increasingly speaking to a new audience – students. “Youth services is Learning Ally’s new frontier,” announced Doug Sprei, National Director of Public Relations and Communications for the Princeton-based non-profit founded in 1948 as Recording for the Blind. The organization now serves adults and students with all reading disabilities including dyslexia, blindness and other visual impairments. Through innovative programs for educators, students and parents, Learning Ally helps youngsters read at grade-level, even if they’ve previously lagged behind. “Their reading level is, at times, much lower than what their chronological grade level is, but they’re still required to read the same books as the rest of the class,” observed Montgomery Township School District Reading Interventionist Alison Pankowski in a short video about services the organization offers. “Learning Ally provides that opportunity for them.” Read the full story in New Jersey Teachers' Magazine.

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