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How to Get a Membership with Learning Ally

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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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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!

Brenda White

says:

my son just got an IEP at the charter school his is attending. In the results they say he has a mild cognitive learning deficiency, and he is diagnosed with ADHD that interferes with his learning . Would that qualify us for this program and help. My son is reading on a second grade level and he is in 4th grade now and was retained in first grade We are just starting to use the all about learning reading and spelling program and my son’s fluency in reading is very poor. below grade level. I need help as I home school my child because of the bulling and other behavior problems in school.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Brenda,
I’m am sorry to hear your son is struggling in this way, and I am particularly sadden to hear that he is experiencing bullying.

ADHD, by itself, does not qualify for Learning Ally. Cognitive learning deficiency is not on Learning Ally’s list of conditions that do qualify, nor is it on the list of conditions that don’t qualify. Since you have an IEP, you could contact Learning Ally and ask them directly.

However, you can also look through our Symptoms of Dyslexia Checklist and see if there are a number of things you could check. We may be able to process your approval for Learning Ally using our checklist.

Renee Willoughby

says:

I look forward to joining with you to assist us in our journey of reading.

Jill

says:

Great resource. Thanks for sharing.

Jray Jhones

says:

thanks for sharing the resource

Kate Page

says:

I am a New Zealand teacher of students with learning disabilities. How can I get access to this resource please?

Regards
Kate

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Kate,
I’m sorry, but Learning Ally is for US residents only. 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.”

Milissa

says:

I didn’t know this organization existed! Thank you for always providing great information!

Kristy S

says:

Not only are these awesome resources for students with visual impairments, I think about many of the students who struggle with fluency and how audio books are a great way for them to listen to fluent reading and then practice the passages/texts themselves as a repeated reading activity!

amy cook

says:

do you know if I would have to pay the membership for each child or just one per family? I have 2 boys that qualify?

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Amy,
The annual membership is labeled as a “Family Membership” on their website. This covers up to 4 children with an unlimited number of books allowed. So, pay for one and both enjoy!

Debra Wallace

says:

Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this. We’ve been using Audible and it’s crazy expensive. We joined and this has been a huge blessing to us. My dyslexic daughter is already in love with audiobooks and it’s such a blessing to give her nearly unlimited access and independence. Thank you!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Debra. It sounds like your daughter is going to have a lot of fun with Learning Ally!

Jill

says:

Is Tourette Syndrome a covered disability? My son is often unable to hold books due to motor tics. He also has head shaking tics that make reading a nightmare. I end up reading for him alot of the time.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Jill,
On the Learning Ally website they state, “Learning Ally services are limited to individuals with documented learning disabilities, vision impairment, or physical disabilities that impede the ability to process standard print.” (emphasis mine). While Tourette Syndrome isn’t specifically mentioned, I think this statement strongly suggests that your son’s struggles would qualify him. I recommend you contact them directly.

daniela_p

says:

My child like an audio book with a car. He learn to spell by listening the story

Tiffany

says:

My uncle was dyslexic, he struggled at reading and writing. Back then, they just passed him threw the grades and he graduated anyways. It’s great knowing there’s programs and possibilities out there now to help with these disabilities.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Tiffany,
It’s not just “back then”. My nephew-in-law (my niece’s husband) has a similar story, and he’s only 25 or so.

Laura

says:

This sounds like it would be amazing for my autistic son. He struggles a lot with reading, but has never had any specific learning disability diagnosed. Would an autism diagnosis alone be enough to qualify him for this program?

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Laura,
The autism alone would not qualify a child. From their site:

Learning Ally services are limited to individuals with documented learning disabilities, vision impairment, or physical disabilities that impede the ability to process standard print. These requirements mean that by themselves, the following may not qualify for membership:

Autism spectrum disorders
ADD, ADHD
Developmental disability
Hearing impairment
ESL

However, you don’t need an official diagnosis in order to qualify. Take a look at the Symptoms of Dyslexia checklist above, and check off any items on the list that applies to your son. Then email Merry at support@allaboutlearningpress.com with the checklist and your concerns. She will be able to tell you if she can refer your son to Learning Ally based on that.

Lori

says:

I was able to get the subscription for my son based on the fact that he struggles with processing the words as he reads. We were able to use his Speech Therapist to approve it.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Thank you for letting us know, Lori. We’ll be able to help others in this direction now.

kai

says:

looks like a good program

Linda Viersma

says:

Would love to win the 2nd level!

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