Audio Textbooks Allow All Students to Keep Up

Santa Barbara District Renews Learning Ally Contract

Kids with learning disabilities will continue to reap the benefits of Santa Barbara Unified School District’s contracting with Learning Ally, a national non-for-profit that provides audio versions of textbooks, novels, and other reading material. Students with dyslexia, for example, can keep up on their studies by listening to reading assignments. The program — recently reupped by the school board for two more years — also provides in-class training for special-ed teachers and continued collaboration with the Parent Resource Center. The district will cover 25 percent of the program’s $64,500 annual cost this year, and 50 percent next year. The balance will be paid through philanthropic funding.

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