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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January 21, 2011

“Reading Is How You Mature”

Providing accessible content for students not only helps them succeed in school, it equips them to flourish years later in the workplace. Denna Lambert began accessing RFB&D books in the third grade, and continues today in her role as a young professional at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. The bright young woman in this two-minute video reflects RFB&D's mission in action.

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January 10, 2011

20/20 Vision in the Morning; Legally Blind in the Afternoon

Nineteen-year old Shannah Linker can’t focus her eyes to read for longer than five minutes. After that, she can’t even get her eyes to look at the page, and experiences severe migraine headaches from trying to focus. Yet she is flourishing as a freshman at UCLA, and was also accepted to Cornell University and UC Berkeley. With help from RFB&D, Shannah is reading books for her “History of Modern Thought” course like Machiavelli’s The Prince, Rousseau’s Discourse on the Origin of Inequality and Locke’s Second Treatise of Government.

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December 10, 2010

Three-Way Play

The Llorente family of Colorado has a unique three-way connection to RFB&D: Daughter Stephanie is a student member with dyslexia; son Ryley is enjoying new experiences as a studio volunteer; and mom Therese is a regional board member. Here are the siblings' stories, in their own words.

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