Decoding Dyslexia- NJ, a parent group that currently meets at Learning Ally’s headquarters, has truly started a movement within the LD community, impacting NJ legislation over the past year and inspiring new chapters to start in states all across the country.
“These individuals made a difference because of their difference”
From a special ed teacher in New Hampshire:
Thank you for allowing our district access to Learning Ally this year. It is amazing to me the amount we can get out of students from using this App. One student in particular, a non-reading eighth grader, asks to listen to books. He usually can only focus for under five minutes per learning task, and he is able to attend to Learning Ally for up to 40 minutes and summarize what he has listened to. Your range of texts is amazing. We have our language arts anthology as well as many Holocaust books we read throughout the year. It is a tool that allows kids who normally are not independent to work at an independent level.
Thank you and I hope we can continue to use Learning Ally.
8th Grade Study Skills Teacher
Kearsarge Regional Middle School
She struggled with reading since childhood, and wasn’t diagnosed with dyslexia until graduate school; now Kelly Fritz is set to launch an illuminating education career. Click on her photo to read her story on Learning Ally’s blog.
Record-A-Thon celebrated the “Different Ways to Read Across America” today in honor of the birthday of beloved Dr. Seuss! Upper left to lower right: Louis Sachar, Clive and Dirk Cussler, Pamela Furgeson, Deanna Roy, Michael Allen Austin and Leigh Purtill were among the many “Authors for Access” who joined local volunteers in studios across the country.
Thanks to Learning Ally members and special guests for volunteering during Record-A-Thon week to help expand awareness and raise funds. Upper left to lower right: Henry Vasquez, Jr. (Learning Ally member who has a visual impairment), Joelle Carter (FX’s Justified), Barbara Dooley (Radio Host), Candace Taylor (former member), Kaaren Janssen (Parent), Judy Maggio (KEYE-TV News Anchor and Reporter), Mitchel Janssen (Learning Ally member who has dyslexia).
LAUNCHING YOUNG LEADERS: Seth Burstein is dyslexic; Christina Chang is visually impaired. Both relied on Learning Ally’s accessible audiobooks to succeed in K-12 and college, and are progressing now toward productive business careers. They’re also both past winners of Learning Ally’s National Achievement Awards — a high honor for students who demonstrate excellence in academics and leadership in the community.
Capping off Learning Ally’s National Achievement Awards celebration, we went over to the ABC television affiliate in Washington, DC for a live studio interview. Left to right: Natasha Barrett, ABC-7 host of “Let’s Talk Live”; Steph Fernandes, Learning Ally National Achievement Award winner, who is totally blind and going to law school in Ohio; and Doug Sprei, Learning Ally National Director of Communications.
Learning Ally National Achievement Award winners at the U.S. Capitol: Carson Wigley, Steph Fernandes, Hoby Wedler, Margaret Perry, Grey Pilant, Ashley Brow.