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Audiobook Services Provided through Learning Ally

Learning Ally provides audio versions of textbooks and VoiceText format for other books for students with vision impairments, learning disabilities, or physical disabilities that make it difficult to use traditional text. These audiobooks are available primarily as downloadable audio and CDs, which can be played on a variety of portable devices and computers. Learning Ally's audiobooks are recorded using the human voice and include descriptions of pictures, graphs, and figures.

School-Based Memberships

Each year, the Department funds a limited number of Learning Ally memberships for qualified students in Massachusetts public schools (subject to appropriations). Once a membership has been set up (membership application has been submitted and processed), the student and teacher will be have access to unlimited audiobooks during the current school year. Students may access their audiobooks through the Link software for PC/Mac computers, and through the Learning Ally Audio App for Apple iOS and Android Devices at school as well as at home and on the go.

Learning Ally memberships will be offered to qualified Massachusetts public school students on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to receive a state-funded membership, schools need to complete a membership application, and complete the certification online that each student has a qualifying disability. To learn more about these and additional services for schools, including webinars, see Learning Ally's Massachusetts website.

Last Updated: February 4, 2019

Contact Us

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906

Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370


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