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January 15, 2014
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January 15, 2014
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Learning Ally keeps improving and expanding its services and technology to serve more children and adults with visual and learning disabilities. The organization has streamlined operations and turned itself around financially since massive federal funding cuts went into effect in 2011. The leadership has made many smart hires, bringing in people with strong skill sets and intensifying focus on building and supporting the parent and teacher communities that are crucial to helping students with disabilities succeed. What is most notable is the respect and collaborative trust Learning Ally has built up with influential organizations in the education and disabilities fields. It is good to see such a turnaround for an organization with an important mission and track record of helping students with disabilities succeed.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

June 20, 2013

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June 20, 2013

With the onset of the new CEO Andrew Fried man @ 3 years ago, this organization has gone rapidly downhill. The service has declined yet they still receive grant money from many state depts. of ed. http://www.charitywatch.org/articles/learningally.html (one article reporting on this charity's new fraudulent identity)
While attempting to serve students with reading disabilities they have severed the outreach staff, cut the employees & become a poor call center. While the CEO & Sr. staff maintain high salaries they have eliminated middle management leaving low level employees many taking salary cuts, benefit cuts & demotions.
http://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/Learning-Ally-formerly-Recording-for-the-Blind-and-Dyslexic-Reviews-E7703.htm
Their new business model is how can we sell more? While nonprofits need to make money to stay in business this was s service oriented organization. (formerly Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic). They do very little to assist students with reading disabilities.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Remove the for profit sr. leadership & CEO. None of them have educational experience or nonprofit experience. The CEO's wife is an independent consultant making a 3 figure salary as well. I believe this organization will ultimately fold, soon.

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Badly

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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