Eligibility for Services

We are able to produce our books at extremely low cost by offering membership to only those individuals with documented print disabilities.

Federal law allows reproduction of books specifically for those with disabilities to be exempt from the normal requirement to pay publisher fees and obtain copyright permissions for use (via a special provision known as the Chaffee Amendment). We can produce our books and maintain our library at an affordable rate only by documenting that our members have disabilities.

We offer several options for providing proof of eligibility.

Learning Ally’s mission is to help those who learn differently. Let’s verify your documentation. Which of these best represents you?

I have an IEP / 504 plan

We do not require that you send the full evaluation/assessment with detailed personal information. We will only need you to provide the following information:

  • Evaluator’s contact information
  • Diagnosing evaluator’s signature; and
  • A page that summarizes/defines the disability type.

This can be either e-mailed (Custserv@Learningally.org), faxed (609.751.5263), mailed (Learning Ally, 20 Roszel Road, Princeton, NJ 08540) or submitted online when you sign up for membership.

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I do not have an IEP or 504 Plan, but a clinician has diagnosed me with a print disability

There are two steps in this process:

I am a Bookshare or NLS member

If you have already provided your verification of eligibility to Bookshare or your state’s NLS Library, we can ask that organization to verify membership for you. You can provide us with your membership information during the online registration process, and we’ll do the rest!

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I don’t have any documentation

Need support in obtaining proof of eligibility?

OPTION 1: Physician Verification

If you have a family physician that can verify you or your child has either a visual, perceptual, or other physical disability, please download this form for signature or forward to them by e-mail. Once completed, please return to Learning Ally either via fax at 609-751-5263 or e-mail to Custserv@LearningAlly.org.

OPTION 2: Formal Evaluation

If you would like to have a formal evaluation and diagnosis, the resource directory linked below will provide information to you regarding specialists in your area.

Access our Find a Specialist Locator

If you have any questions after reviewing the specialist list, please contact our Member Services team and we can be of further assistance.

If you are having trouble understanding who to contact depending on the disability type, following is a brief description of print-related disabilities as well as a list of professionals who are qualified to certify you or your child.

Table detailing which professionals can certify people based upon disability type

Disability Who Can Certify?
  • Documented learning disability
  • Reading disorder
  • Dyslexia

For a Documented learning disability, reading disorder, or dyslexia, the following professionals can certify you

  • Special educator
  • Psychologist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Neurologist
  • Disability Services counselor (school or university)
  • Voc. rehab counselor
  • Family Doctor
  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Verification of NLS or BookShare membership
  • Visual impairment
  • Blind
  • Low vision

For a visual impairment, blindness, or low vision, the following professionals can certify you

  • Vision teacher
  • Special educator
  • Ophthalmologist
  • Optometrist
  • Family doctor
  • Voc. rehab counselor
  • Disability Services counselor (school or university)
  • Verification of NLS or BookShare membership
  • Physical disability

For a physical disability, the following professionals can certify you

  • Family doctor
  • Special educator
  • Voc. rehab counselor
  • Physical or occupational therapist
  • Disability Services counselor (school or university)
  • Verification of NLS or BookShare membership

What may not qualify?

Learning Ally services are limited to individuals with documented learning disabilities, vision impairment, or physical disabilities that impede the ability to process standard print. These requirements mean that by themselves, the following may not qualify for membership:

  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Developmental disability
  • Hearing impairment
  • ESL

Note: If a diagnostician can verify that an accompanying qualified disability exists, then membership can be made available.