Learn About Us

 

For nearly 70 years, Learning Ally, a national nonprofit organization, has been dedicated to helping students with print disabilities, including blindness, visual impairment and dyslexia. Learning Ally improves the way students learn at home and in the classroom.

STATISTICS ARE CLEAR: Up to one in five students has a learning difference -- and millions are struggling. Together it’s possible to help these students succeed in school, feel more confident, and stay on a positive path for years to come.

VISION For all people to have equal opportunities to learn.

MISSION Promote personal achievement when access and reading are barriers to learning by advancing the use of accessible and effective educational solutions.

"Helping Blind, Visually Impaired & Dyslexic Students Thrive"

Our Passion for Helping Students

 

For Learning Ally, helping students overcome challenges and succeed is what drives us. We strive to develop the best educational solutions, from audiobooks to support services, for blind, visually impaired and dyslexic students from kindergarten through college and beyond.

Students with Dyslexia

We provide tools to help develop the skills needed to become confident and effective learners at every stage.

Blind and Visually Impaired Students

We provide audiobooks and assistive technologies to help students learn and excel in the classroom and in life.

Solutions Designed for Student Success

Kindergarten through 12th Grade Students Learning Ally provides proven solutions for K-12 educators and parents that drives student success. We truly believe students have the best opportunity to succeed when backed by a knowledgeable, supportive, and tightly knit parent–teacher team. Our goal is to empower this team and help students build confidence in the classroom by combining human-narrated audiobooks with practical advice and emotional support.

Students

We help students find confidence and recognize their strengths so they can learn and thrive. We help them advocate for themselves, so they know when and how to ask for help. And we provide access to 80,000 human-narrated audiobooks that support reading skill development and provide equal access to learning for those students who struggle to read the printed word. Explore the YES! student advocacy program >

Teachers

We provide educators with tools to improve student outcomes: Professional Development that truly helps them understand and empathize with students who learn differently. We work with them to develop new teaching skills and strategies that they can apply to the classroom. Technology platforms like Teacher Ally allow them to easily track student progress. Ongoing training and support through live events as well as access to ongoing expert webinars. More for teachers >

Parents

Helping a student who “learns differently” is not an easy task for a parent – we make sure parents are not alone and help them get on a path to success. We provide ongoing guidance and advice through webinars with experts, live and online community events as well as on-demand online resources. Our parent services are designed to be there with the parent at every step along the journey. More for parents >

College Students & Adults

college student using Learning Ally on laptop

Learning Ally transitions with students to college or an adult learning environment. We provide the tools and support needed to succeed on campus, and in life: powerful reading software for mobile & desktop, mentorships to guide students to excel and even scholarships to help pay for college. Learn More about the College Success Program >

Celebrate Outstanding Student Achievement

Learning Ally awards scholarships to outstanding students who are blind, visually impaired or learning disabled and educators who support them.

Initiatives that Transform Student Lives

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The YES! student advocacy program

Helping students recognize their strengths and weaknesses while becoming strong self advocates. Learn more

The 1 in 5 Initiative

Creating awareness of dyslexia through an open community sharing experiences. Learn more

National Achievement Awards

Providing scholarships for members who are visually impaired or have a learning disability. Learn More

A Heritage of Volunteering

Our volunteers stand ready to empower students, unlock knowledge, and build confidence and independence. We have programs for individuals, students and corporations willing to donate time to support the development of our audiobooks and other educational resources

YES! team members from Learning Ally

Learning Ally Partners

Learning Ally partners with other like-minded organizations in hopes of providing information and solutions for those looking for help managing learning and print disabilities.

YES! team members from Learning Ally
YES! team members from Learning Ally
YES! team members from Learning Ally
YES! team members from Learning Ally

Get Involved

Graduate who is visually impaired celebrating

Learning Ally relies on public and private funding for support. Donations, large and small, help ensure that students who need access to our audiobook and support services can receive them. Philanthropic support ensures we are constantly innovating and enhancing our products and services in order to help students achieve. At Learning Ally we believe education is a right not a privilege, for all students.

Financial Reports

Learning Ally is positioned to grow our student reach and impact. For more information about our finances and spending, please review the Annual Report and Form 990. We invite you to read our Financial Snapshot and Impact Report to learn more about our reach and impact.