"I can state with the utmost honesty that my life did not truly begin until the day I became totally blind," says 30-year-old Luis Fontanez, Jr. Fontanez is a graduate student at Penn State University who aspires to help fellow students who have disabilities. Read more here: https://www.learningally.org/luis-fontanez-jr/
$6,000 COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDENTS WITH PRINT DISABILITIES:
Learning Ally members should apply by March 1, 2014 for the National Achievement Awards. Visit http://naa.learningally.org/apply/ for guidelines and details.
Above, meet Dustin Henderson, a student from Oregon who has dyslexia — one of this year’s six top national achievers who will be honored at Learning Ally’s NAA Gala in Washington, DC on April 27.
Suddenly, a new idea is gaining steam: that computer science should count as a foreign language credit. A bill is moving forward in the Kentucky senate that would allow high school students to take computer programming classes for a foreign language credit. New Mexico, too, introduced…
Free Webinar “A Guiding Plan to Help Dyslexic Children Thrive” Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 1pm-2pm EST— Barbara Steinberg’s philosophy for helping children with dyslexia thrive encompasses three ideas: LEARN. ACCOMMODATE. INSPIRE. With appropriate and effective remediation, accommodation, inspiration and support, there is unlimited potential for success. Read more and register at: conta.cc/1bkDq8o
Happy New Year 2014 to our cherished members, parents, teachers, volunteers, supporters, staff and friends! May your year ahead be full of reading, learning and joyful discoveries.
Appearing in the photo above, our friend Skye Malik, mastermind of The Paco Project, which has just surpassed its goal of raising $25,000 to benefit students with dyslexia in New York City. What a great way to usher in the New Year! http://thepacoproject.org/home.aspx
Online Athens: Athens Volunteer Spent 50 Years Recording Books for Disabled
How many people do you know who have been dedicated to a good cause for 50 years? And can one devoted voice touch thousands of lives?
Ellen Hanna is celebrating a remarkable milestone: Five straight decades of volunteer service with the same organization.
For 50 years, Hanna has been recording books for Learning Ally, a group which provides such books for print-disabled students such as the visually impaired or those with reading disabilities.
Read the full article on the Learning Ally blog.
One of the most brilliant inventors in history had dyslexia and was, in his teacher’s opinion, “too stupid to learn”.