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How to Get a Membership with Learning Ally

Headphones on top of book

Have you heard of Learning Ally?

I first became aware of this wonderful organization back in 2000 when my son’s struggle with Tourette’s syndrome and dyslexia made it difficult for him to focus on text. Back then, the organization was known as Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, but in 2011 they became simply Learning Ally.

Learning Ally is a non-profit organization committed to helping dyslexic, blind, and visually impaired students thrive. They understand that for some kids, reading struggles hinder learning.

They have made it their mission to help remove the barriers that hold kids back by providing them with audiobooks. Audiobooks help kids experience the many benefits of consuming text, but without the struggle of reading.

Learning Ally’s online library includes a huge selection of human-narrated textbooks and literature for readers of all ages that can be downloaded and listened to on most computers, smartphones, and tablets. I am grateful to Learning Ally for giving my son access to text that he was unable to read fluently when he was a child. He enjoyed many great books and was able to grow in vocabulary and background knowledge because of the work that Learning Ally does.

Girl listening to audio books from Learning Ally

How To Qualify for Learning Ally

An annual membership that provides access to all the services that Learning Ally offers costs $135*. But not just anyone can qualify for these services. In order to comply with federal copyright law, Learning Ally is able to produce audiobooks only by documenting that their members have disabilities. And because only children who have a documented learning disability, visual impairment, or physical disability can receive assistance from Learning Ally, verification of the disability must accompany a membership request.

*Use promotional code CERTREG2 to receive 20% off on your Learning Ally membership. However, please note that when we refer you for a Learning Ally membership, you will automatically receive 20% off your initial membership with no promotional code needed.

Need a Referral? We Can Help!

If you suspect that your child has dyslexia, a referral can be obtained through a special educator. And guess what? That’s us!

We would love to recommend your child for Learning Ally, on the condition that we can verify that your child is dyslexic or has a reading disability. To find out whether or not your child is eligible for this service, please fill out our Symptoms of Dyslexia Screening Checklist.

Symptoms of Dyslexia Screening Checklist cover

After filling out the checklist, save the PDF to your computer and then submit the checklist to us.

When you submit the checklist, please include your child’s name, age, your name, email address, and telephone number. After receiving your checklist, we will determine if your child qualifies and will submit the “Proof of Disability” form to Learning Ally on your behalf. Contact us if you have any questions.

Please Note: Learning Ally is for U.S. residents only

Although we are able to provide referrals for membership with Learning Ally, we are not associated with their organization. Please contact Learning Ally directly for all inquiries related to Learning Ally’s products and services.

Explicit Reading Instruction Is Still Essential

Resources like Learning Ally have been a lifesaver for so many families like mine. But even great resources are not intended to take the place of a comprehensive reading program. If your child is struggling with reading, it is essential that he receive explicit reading instruction. All About Reading and All About Spelling have become the go-to curriculum resource for scores of families who want to help their children become better readers and spellers, whether or not they have dyslexia. Because even if your child doesn’t have a documented reading disability, he or she will benefit from the multisensory, no-gaps approach that makes our programs so special.

Does your family have any favorite audio books, either through Learning Ally or other sources?

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Andrea Giammattei

says:

I am interested in purchasing Learning ALLy for students in a program. Northside Center for Child Development is a non-profit CBO in Harlem. I would also like to know the cost for individual parents not from Northside who want to purchase for their child.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

What a great idea, Andrea!

You would need to reach out to Learning Ally directly to find the costs for an organization and individuals. We can help individuals obtain proof of disability to show they qualify for a membership, but we don’t provide memberships. Here is the link to the Learning Ally Membership page.

Kori L

says:

Had not ever heard of this group!

Sunshyne

says:

My son has enjoyed listening to Jonathan Park on cds. We haven’t really been successful with other audiobooks yet. This sounds like a great resource to be aware of. Thank you for sharing.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Sunshyne.

Paula

says:

This sounds like an amazing program! I will keep it in mind when talking to others and refer them here.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you for referring others to our site, Paula!

Terri Fleak

says:

Just started using AAR/AAS last month. Both of my girls (ages 5 and 7) and myself absolutely love this program. I am so thankful we found a program we all like. My 7 year old struggles with enjoying school. She doesn’t fight me anymore to do language arts.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I’m so pleased to hear All About Reading and All About Spelling has helped your child to not resist Language Arts, Terri! Thank you for sharing this.

Gina

says:

My son has a visual processing disorder and Learning Ally has been great!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Wonderful to hear, Gina!

Elizabeth P

says:

I grew up thinking that I’m just a terrible speller. Turns out, I just hadn’t been taught the rules. I’m learning as much as my kids.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I know what you mean, Elizabeth. I’ve learned so much about English and spelling while teaching my own children!

Jamie

says:

All about Reading is the best!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you, Jamie!

Christian

says:

We love all of their programs and the support I can gain from articles and the website are so great!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you, Christian!

Maria Zhuravleva

says:

We are on level one with my son. A lot of rules i wish i knew when i was in school. Help us both.

Jamie

says:

We love all about spelling. Easy to teach and fun to learn.

Brittany Scott

says:

Learning Ally is a great resource. Bookshare is also great. I am blind and these two resources are wonderful.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you for the recommendation, Brittany!

Elizabeth H.

says:

This is very cool that you are able to help refer people to this. Does needing/receiving vision therapy quality as a vision disability? My son has convergence issues and is currently in vision therapy (but I don’t think that he is dyslexic)

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Elizabeth,
Yes, a child with convergence issues and currently in vision therapy would be eligible. However, you would need to have the form filled out by his therapist. You can download the form on the Learning Ally Eligibility page. It would be under “option #2.”

Kristen

says:

What a great resource- thanks for sharing!

Francisco

says:

I am in my twenties and I have really hard time ready books in my level I can only read books in 5 grade level.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I’m sorry to hear that, Francisco. Often older students struggle to read fully and confidently because they missing foundational skills and concepts that can unlock reading. Our All About Reading and All About Spelling programs have been used successfully with adults. If you have a friend or family member willing to work with you regularly, I would recommend giving it a try. Let me know if you would like more information.

Vighnesh

says:

hello every one,
i am Vighnesh from India.
i am perceiving bachelor of science with Physics.
so here i don’t have accessible books.
so want to be a member in Learning Ally, Can I be?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Vighnesh,
I’m sorry, no. A person must reside in the US to be eligible for Learning Ally. From Learning Ally’s site: “Regrettably, U.S. copyright restrictions continue to preclude us from being able to provide digitally produced audiobooks to applicants residing outside of the U.S.”

louise tyson

says:

can this be accessed in uk?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Louise,
I’m sorry, no.

From Learning Ally’s site: “Regrettably, U.S. copyright restrictions continue to preclude us from being able to provide digitally produced audiobooks to applicants residing outside of the U.S. Additionally, Learning Ally does not provide school or institutional memberships for foreign-based institutions.”

Aubrey

says:

I have a student who has been using Learning Ally for many years. He has a login through a contract that our district has. He is graduating and will be attending college. Are there programs that can help the family obtain Learning Ally for him to use in college?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Aubrey,
I encourage you to contact Learning Ally directly to ask them. Their website is https://learningally.org/.

In addition, speak with the college he will be attending. My son’s school had its own resource for audiobook textbooks.

Ariel

says:

Hi, can non English speaking persons donate to learning ally

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Ariel,
You will need to contact Learning Ally directly to find out what services they have. The website is https://learningally.org/

Rachael Schmidt

says:

My son has already been diagnosed w Dyslexia and adhd and I have documentation and he does receive IEP and a 504 services through his school. My sons teacher recommended this program especially since he currently social distancing from school and needs to do work at home.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Rachel,
It sounds like you have what you need to get a Learning Ally membership for your son. You can do that through their website, https://learningally.org/

However, you might be interested in our Dyslexia Resources.

Let me know if you need anything from All About Learning Press.

Rhonda

says:

Can Learning Ally be used as a school library resource? There are so many non-readers in my school. They would love to read along with stories.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Rhonda,
You would need to contact Learning Ally regarding this and other questions. We can aid individuals in getting proof of disability for a student so they can get a membership, but we are not directly involved with Learning Ally’s resources.

Sandra Campbell

says:

Does a significant TBI qualify for Learning Ally?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Sandra,
I think a traumatic brain injury would qualify for Learning Ally. Their Eligibility page doesn’t specifically mention TBI, but it does mention “physical disability” and I think it would qualify under that. The physician verification form, available on the Eligibility page, doesn’t even ask what the disability is. It is just the person’s physician filling out that they deem the person will benefit from reading accommodation.

I hope this helps. Let me know if you have further questions.

Charlotte Jenkin

says:

Can we access a subscription to Learning Ally in Australia?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Sorry, Charlotte, no.

According to the Learning Ally website:
“Learning Ally understands how many people with learning disabilities, visual impairments or other physical disabilities outside the United States might be interested in membership.

However, as a result of U.S. copyright restrictions, we are precluded from being able to ship or offer downloadable digitally produced audiobooks outside of the U.S.”

I hope you can find something that will work in Australia.

James

says:

Great article. Thanks for sharing these tactics. I always love learning new tidbits.

HEATHER WILLIAMS

says:

Does this have books for the children’s school books, such as Science, Social Studies, etc.?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Heather,
Yes, Learning Ally has numerous textbooks for many different subjects. To see if they have the specific books you need, you can Search and Browse what they have even before you apply for membership.

Tony O Garcia

says:

I lov this website
And people here

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Awww, thank you, Tony!

Abbey Hallock

says:

Is there an age restriction for these resources?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Abbey,
No, there is no age restriction. Learning Ally is for learners of all ages.

Claire L

says:

Thank you so much for offering this! My son finds trying to read on his own painfully difficult, but he loves being read to and listening to audio books. Learning Ally seems like it would be a helpful resource in addition to All About Reading.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Claire,
You are welcome. Having ready access to audiobooks is very helpful.

Stacey

says:

Thank you so very much for posting this info!!!

Marsena

says:

Thanks so much for posting about this!