Princeton, NJ (PRWEB) November 20, 2012
Learning Ally, a nonprofit organization serving 300,000 children and adults across the U.S. who have visual, learning and reading-based disabilities, has transformed its website and launched significant new features and services to further benefit its members, as well as parents and teachers.
The newly redesigned website offers distinct sections tailored for students, parents, educators, adult learners, and volunteers. It is more streamlined and user-friendly, making it easier than ever for members to access the organization’s online library of more than 75,000 human-narrated audiobooks, including the world’s largest library of audio textbooks. New features include:
In conjunction with the new website launch, Learning Ally is also introducing a web-based tool for educators to individualize instruction for students with print disabilities. Teacher Ally will enable special education teachers to easily assign audiobook reading materials to individual students or an entire class; provide individualized instruction; monitor progress; generate detailed reports on the number of pages completed and time spent reading; and collaborate more effectively with parents.
“For decades, our audiobook library has been recognized as a proven accommodation for those who are already certified with a disability – but children and parents at earlier stages of the family journey have critical needs as well,” said Andrew Friedman, Learning Ally President and CEO. “We’ve made tremendous efforts to work with parents, students, teachers, and reading specialists to provide new services that meet their needs. Our newly transformed website, the Teacher Ally tool, the Parent Resource Center and other services have all resulted from listening carefully to our community.”
About Learning Ally™
Founded in 1948 as Recording for the Blind, Learning Ally serves over 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 75,000 digitally recorded human-read textbooks and literature titles – featuring a heavy emphasis on STEM resources – is delivered through internet downloads, assistive technology devices, and mainstream devices like iPhone and iPad, and is the largest of its kind in the world. More than 5,000 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 partially funded by grants from state and local education programs, and the generous contributions of individuals, foundations and corporations. For more information, visit http://www.LearningAlly.org.