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Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic Becomes Learning Ally

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D), a 63-year old nonprofit organization serving over 300,000 individuals across the U.S. with learning differences and reading disabilities, announced that it has officially changed its name to Learning Ally.

The new name is accompanied by a tagline – “Making reading accessible for all” – and was selected after months of research and focus groups were conducted with hundreds of RFB&D student members, parents, volunteers, education professionals and other stakeholders.

“Changing the name of a long-established national institution such as RFB&D is not something we entered into lightly,” says Andrew Friedman, Learning Ally’s President and CEO. “Our members themselves were the key driver of this transformation. For one thing, our mix of users today includes individuals with diverse learning differences that are outside the scope of our former name.

In 2010, RFB&D embraced the latest mainstream technology, making its content accessible for users at home or in school. And in February 2011, a new application was released enabling its entire library of downloadable audiobooks to be played on Apple iOS devices including the iPhone, iPad, and iPad Touch. All of this is good news for the widening base of students, parents, teachers and schools that Learning Ally serves.

Founded in 1948 as Recording for the Blind, Learning Ally serves more than 300,000 K-12, college and graduate students, as well as veterans and lifelong learners – all of whom cannot read standard print due to blindness, visual impairment, dyslexia, or other learning disabilities. Learning Ally’s collection of more than 65,000 digitally recorded textbooks and literature titles – delivered through internet downloads and various assistive technology devices – is the largest of its kind in the world. More than 6,000 volunteers across the U.S. help to record and process the educational materials, which students rely on to achieve academic and professional success. Learning Ally, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Education, state and local education programs, and the generous contributions of individuals, foundations and corporations.

For more information, call (866) 732-3585 or visit: www.LearningAlly.org.

 

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