Learning Ally

A few weeks ago I was sent an email informing me that Halfway to Each Other was chosen as one of the books that would be added to the Learning Ally library during Phoenix’s  annual Record-a-Thon.  I was honored and excited at the opportunity.

I have been aware of Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic) for many years through my teaching profession.  It is a godsend for students and their families.  This national non-profit, offers an online catalog of the best audiobook and audio learning opportunities on the internet.  I have referred them to families of struggling students and have watched these children take charge of their learning and glow with the pride of achievement.

Here’s a blurb about them from their webpage:

“Founded in 1948 as Recording for the Blind, Learning Ally serves more than 300,000 K-12, college and graduate students, 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 70,000 digitally recorded textbooks and literature titles – downloadable and accessible on mainstream as well as specialized 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.”

Though headquartered in Princeton, NJ, they have recording studios and offices all over the country.  Pam Bork runs the studio here in Phoenix with a staff of generous volunteers.  Dorothy Burns and I had a lot of fun recording Halfway to Each Other together, or at the very least I had fun and she was tearing her hair out with all of our re-do’s whenever I would flub a word or phrase.

Dorothy and I after our recording session.

If your family has a need for this organization, don’t hesitate!  If you can’t find the title of the book or textbook you need, they will record it for you.

If you would like to voluteer to read/record books,  all it takes is a short demo in the recording booth and you’ll be on your way to helping people of all ages enjoy reading and experience the wealth that printed material provides.

Click here to browse the titles in their catalog!

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8 Responses to Learning Ally

  1. Amazing, Susan! What a wonderful gift you are passing along. Thanks for sharing this organization and its mission with the rest of us.

    ps–you are rocking those headphones…

    • Susan says:

      Windy, this is a great organization. Perhaps we should arrange a little fieldtrip? When your book hits the shelves, we need to be ready 🙂

  2. ayala says:

    Wonderful, Susan ! This is awesome.

  3. Doug Sprei says:

    Thanks for rocking the mic and bringing good cheer to the studio, Susan! And most of all, thanks for joining Learning Ally’s team of “AUTHORS for ACCESS.” You never know who or how many will end up on the receiving end of your labor — a blind student, or someone with dyslexia, or a lifelong literature lover.

  4. Nikole Hahn says:


  5. iluvtowrite says:

    To the lady whom I continue to admire and who inspires my muse, I love your honor to our bravest! Blessings! Trish

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