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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April 7, 2010

“They Dream of Today”

80-year old Neva Wallace has been volunteering for many years at RFB&D's recording studio in Hollywood, California. Inspired by one of our recent Dream Builders events, she wrote a lovely original poem to share with our volunteers and students around the country.

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April 1, 2010

A Parent’s Perspective

"I hope we're coming to a period where our country is enlightened enough to help all children, regardless of their needs, to be successful. I don’t think we've reached that level of civilization yet."  

As President of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), James Cibulka is well qualified to make such an assessment. But Cibulka is also the father of a severely dyslexic child -- and it is from that personal perspective that he spoke out at RFB&D's Access and Achievement Roundtable.

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March 23, 2010

Late Bloomer Finds Life’s Color

"If you asked me to sing and dance, I would gladly sing and dance. But if you asked me to read out loud, I would just crumble." 

In the nearly 20 years since she was diagnosed with severe dyslexia at the age of 35, Michele Shepherd has become a vibrant advocate for lifelong education and learning through listening. After the RFB&D Roundtable last month, we sat down to capture her thoughts on access, independence, and self-esteem.

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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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