Learning Ally Blog: Access and Achievement

Now more than ever, people with learning and visual disabilities are flourishing in the classroom, launching productive careers and becoming assets in their communities. This blog spotlights remarkable individuals who demonstrate that having a visual or print disability is no barrier to educational success.

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A Plan to Battle the Summer Slide for Struggling Readers

A Plan to Battle the Summer Slide for Struggling Readers

Taking time to relax when school is out is important, but research shows students who read just 4-5 books during the summer can prevent a decline in a child's fall reading scores. [read more]

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August 3, 2010

Author and Role Model

Katherine Schneider, a clinical psychologist, accomplished author, and member of RFB&D for over five decades, has founded a unique series of awards to express her love of books and promote children’s literature exploring the disability experience in children's lives.

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July 26, 2010

The ADA Turns 20

On July 26th, 1990, the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) signified our country’s commitment to equal rights and equal access for people with disabilities. RFB&D joins a panorama of organizations and individuals around the U.S. in celebrating this milestone -- even as we are reminded of the work still to be done to ensure the full participation of people with disabilities in our society.

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July 20, 2010

“I Might Have Ended Up Like Bart Simpson”

Molly Reno found out she was dyslexic in elementary school. She's written a humorous book about her experiences, and her Dummies for Dyslexia blog is a repository of wit and positive attitude about "being different." A member of Learning Ally through grade school, high school and college, Molly has gone on to professional work in the design field, is a ferocious tri-athlete, and jumps at any chance to speak out on behalf of dyslexic students.

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July 7, 2010

“This Hidden World I Embrace”

Since she was diagnosed with dyslexia in fourth grade, Neena Holzman has blossomed into an original thinker and artist, recently finishing high school with a 3.8 unweighted GPA. In an extraordinary personal essay, she writes that "Dyslexia has expanded my world rather than constricted it.

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