Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind ) was founded almost 70 years in 1948 ago by Anne T. Macdonald to provide accessible textbooks to returning soldiers who had lost their vision in WW II. Recording for the Blind (RFB ) became Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB &D) in 1995 in recognition that more individuals with learning disabilities were being served.
Learning Ally provides access to textbooks and other materials in audio (Daisy) format for students with print disabilities, physical disabilities, and visual impairment. However, Learning Ally does not provide materials in Braille Ready Format (BRF)
Yearly membership is $135.00. However, Learning Ally has partnered with some states and districts to offer services to schools and districts at no cost. These include CA Community Colleges, Denver, CO, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York City, North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia.