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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Sage Advice from a Long Time Learning Ally Member

Sage Advice from a Long Time Learning Ally Member

Literature is so necessary for the well-being of all of us, blind and sighted alike. In some ways, we are all different. However, we all have aspirations to learn and to grow. [read more]

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March 10, 2010

DAISY is the Ticket

National Achievement Award winner John Russo lives in Texas, but by many accounts, his speaking demeanor is reminiscent of John F. Kennedy. Teachers report that he is popular on campus delivering "standing-room only" tutoring sessions to 20 or 30 students.

Currently thriving in graduate school at Texas A&M University, John is a passionate advocate for RFB&D's services, which he began to use at Saddleback Community College. Here, he describes how assistive technology levels the playing field for blind and visually impaired students, opening up a critical inroad to independence.

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March 7, 2010

Independence: Reclaiming Lost Time

This week, our series of entries will continue with brief statements around the theme of independence, as voiced by participants at RFB&D's Access and Achievement Roundtable.

18-year-old Alyssa Lang hails from Jacksonville, Florida. She was diagnosed with dyslexia as a junior in high school after many frustrating years of testing miscues in the education community. Up to that point, she had been struggling to compensate by literally memorizing every word she encountered – a herculean effort that many dyslexics will attest to. After joining RFB&D, Alyssa graduated with a 4.31 GPA and now attends the University of Notre Dame. Here, she remarks on how access to assistive materials has made a major difference in her life.

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February 26, 2010

Independence and a Love for Learning

National Achievement Award winner and long-time RFB&D member Monty Anderson lives in Honolulu and is a student at the University of Hawaii. At 37, he recently finished his double Master's degree in psychology and behavioral neuroscience, and is now a high achiever in law school.

A lifelong music lover, in spare time he also hosts a radio show at KTUH FM Honolulu, dedicated to showcasing original heavy metal artists (“The Only Metal In Hawaii”). We sat down with Monty during the NAA events in Washington earlier this month.

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February 19, 2010

Resonance at the Roundtable

Groundhog Day, 2010: A roomful of people convened within shouting distance of the U.S. Capitol. Their mission: to explore the connections between equal, efficient access to learning resources and superior achievement – not just in the classroom, but in life. Their challenge (in their view, an opportunity): historically low awareness and responsiveness regarding print disabilities in today’s educational system.

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