Learning Ally Blog: Access and Achievement

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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.


Apply for a College Scholarship Specifically for Learning Ally Members
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Each year, Learning Ally offers two endowed scholarship awards for outstanding students with print and learning disabilities. College Students The Marion Huber Learning Through Listening Award (LTL) is granted to members who are high school seniors with learning disabilities in recognition of academic achievement, outstanding leadership, and service to others. Likewise, the Mary P. Oenslager Scholastic Achievement Award (SAA) goes to outstanding college students who are blind or visually impaired. The top three winners from each category receive a $6,000 scholarship award and participate at a national celebration in Denver, Colorado. The recipients of these awards are role models of success and inspiration to students throughout the country.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2017-2018 awards.

To apply for the Learning Through Listening Award, eligible students will be:
  • Current Learning Ally members who have a specific learning disability
  • A current high school senior planning to graduate with the class of 2016
  • Planning to continue their formal education at a two or four-year college or vocational school
  • Willing to represent Learning Ally as a spokesperson and advocate
See the full list of eligibility requirements and apply here. Deadline is May 31, 2017. Apply For Scholarship To apply for the Scholastic Achievement Award, eligible students will be:
  • Current Learning Ally members who are blind or visually impaired
  • A current college senior or graduate school student
  • Willing to represent Learning Ally as a spokesperson and advocate
See the full list of eligibility requirements and apply here. Deadline is May 31, 2017. Apply For Scholarship Emily DalyOne of our 2016 winners, Emily Daly, is a freshman at Notre Dame University. She is profoundly dyslexic and dysgraphic, and was told in childhood that she would never learn to read. As the winner of numerous school and literary awards, Emily has helped her teachers see that students with learning differences can succeed beyond their wildest dreams.
“I am the girl who chooses to study harder, to love more deeply, and to squeeze every ounce of joy out of life that I can,” she says. “With the help of Learning Ally, I have learned to turn my disability into strength."
Watch her highlight video below:


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