Archive for 2012

December 31, 2012

Traveling With Dyslexia

Guest author and long-time Learning Ally member Dwight Richardson Kelly is enjoying a new adventure in learning and living across the pond. He writes: “I am an American student living and studying for the year in England. I came to the UK to study neuropsychology and disability studies in literature as part of a year-long exchange […]

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December 11, 2012

Brenton Fuchs Wins Learning Ally National Award

"A recent graduate (cum laude, with University Honors in business) from American University, Kogod School of Business in Washington, D.C., Brenton Fuchs (shown here during a business school tour of the White House) will return to Washington in April to be recognized as one of three top winners of the Learning Ally National Achievement Award. Non-profit Learning Ally provides an online library of 75,000 accessible audio textbook and titles-the largest in the world. The award recognizes blind and visually impaired college graduates for academic excellence, outstanding leadership, and service to others."

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November 30, 2012

Academic Struggles Hit Close to Home for Student Volunteers

As any volunteer-based organization knows, students have much to offer, bringing fresh ideas, enthusiasm, and subject expertise to the table. Despite students being such a valuable resource, presenting volunteer opportunities that both keep them engaged and fit into their busy schedules can elude many non-profits. That’s why Learning Ally sat down with Princeton University student and former Learning Ally summer intern Deanna Zhu to hear her opinion on ways students can get involved.

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November 29, 2012

Worth the Sweat and Tears

Born blind in Paraguay, guest author Vicky Codas was enabled by assistive technology to become a teacher. Now this Learning Ally member wants to pay it forward. Here she shares her story about discovering the power of audiobooks, and her dream to make accessible education in her native country a reality.

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November 28, 2012

NRG’s Annual Picnic and Auction Raises $150,000 For Learning Ally

NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG) raised more than $150,000 to benefit Princeton-based Learning Ally, a national nonprofit learning accessibility organization, at NRG’s ninth annual employee picnic in late September. Funds were raised by NRG employees through silent and live auctions of donated items and direct contributions from NRG’s suppliers and vendors, with the total matched dollar-for-dollar by NRG.

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October 11, 2012

Dyslexic Student’s Unstoppable Momentum Starts with a Little Push

Weston Connors had a lucky head start when it came to identifying his dyslexia—his father dealt with the learning difference in school, so his parents were vigilant for signs of reading difficulties starting at a very young age. We spoke with his mother, Kasey, about how accessible audiobooks have empowered and motivated her son to excel in school.

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