From 19-year-old Dustin Henderson, a Learning Ally National Achievement Award winner who is dyslexic and graduated as the valedictorian of his high school class in Oregon:"Before Learning Ally, reading was a chore.  I just couldn’t do it. I always loved listening to books, because I grew up with my parents reading to me, and it just came to life.  But then when it came for me to read by myself it didn’t work like that. And then the first tool I had as a fifth grader was just a text to speech software, and the voice was too mechanical.  It didn’t really come to life like it did with Learning Ally.  So the natural voices just make a huge difference."Listening to a book with a human voice definitely makes the details pop, but also at the same time you get the overall picture, and it really just makes the books come to life."If I could meet all the volunteers, I’d definitely let them know that what they do is something magical, because they just bring the books to life.  They bring the text off the page, and they really made me be able to get where I am today.  So that’s truly something that they should be proud of."You can learn more about Dustin’s journey at his page on the NAA website: https://naa.learningally.org/dustinhenderson/

From 19-year-old Dustin Henderson, a Learning Ally National Achievement Award winner who is dyslexic and graduated as the valedictorian of his high school class in Oregon:

"Before Learning Ally, reading was a chore.  I just couldn’t do it. I always loved listening to books, because I grew up with my parents reading to me, and it just came to life.  But then when it came for me to read by myself it didn’t work like that. And then the first tool I had as a fifth grader was just a text to speech software, and the voice was too mechanical.  It didn’t really come to life like it did with Learning Ally.  So the natural voices just make a huge difference.

"Listening to a book with a human voice definitely makes the details pop, but also at the same time you get the overall picture, and it really just makes the books come to life.

"If I could meet all the volunteers, I’d definitely let them know that what they do is something magical, because they just bring the books to life.  They bring the text off the page, and they really made me be able to get where I am today.  So that’s truly something that they should be proud of."

You can learn more about Dustin’s journey at his page on the NAA website: https://naa.learningally.org/dustinhenderson/

$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.

$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.

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

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

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.