I have recently become a volunteer at Learning Ally, Georgia studio in Athens, GA. When I first signed up for this, had no idea what this entailed, but going through my training ( still on going). It has turned out to be a most rewarding, and such an enjoyable experience. The staff ( Stacie, Sarah and Christine) and the other volunteers have provided me a hands on tutorial that could not have been better. Look forward to offering whatever assistance that I can provide to helping students, and other with these disabilities to fulfill their dreams, goals and further aspirations. Am proud to be a part of the Learning Ally, Georgia Studio. Robert Sorrell.
Learning Ally is a 60+-year-old nonprofit serving people all over the country who struggle with print disabilities; those disabilities can stem from either visual impairment/blindness, or from a learning difference like dyslexia. They provide a number of really great services, but I am directly involved in their audiobook production. Learning Ally has the largest audio textbook library in the world (over 82,000 books) and thousands of volunteers work from either the studio or from home to create these books.
I first volunteered in 2007, when it was still Recording For the Blind & Dyslexic. I have stayed with the organization through some really tough changes. The loss of federal funding in 2011 was a game-changer, and, while difficult at times, the changes have all been for the good. Learning Ally (name changed in 2011 to reflect growing number of services) has become a leaner, stronger organization, with a deeper focus on the needs of its members. It has not only embraced new technology but has led the way in many areas. I am excited to be a part of this great organization. Together it's possible!