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Learning Ally has been piloting a program where we offer access to online resources, mentors who have graduated successfully from an undergraduate degree and are now pursuing post graduate degrees.  This program is for students who are blind or visually impaired and are feeling the need for some support in college.  We match them according to standards that include, among other things: visual acuity and field of study.  Our mentors are located across the country, have undergone mentor training and are monitored by our staff to keep a feedback loop to staff between what students need and what we are providing.I am the Director for this program and have been the developer of the mentor program.  Our content and curriculum was stewarded by Kristen Witucki, who is a TVI as well as holding several advanced degrees in creative writing.  We have been fortunate to have access to an Advisory Panel that includes:  Jane Erin, Ellen Trief, Mackenzie Savaiano, multiple DSO professionals and Anil Lewis with the NFB.

If you feel comfortable with this, I'm checking with you for the ok to send on to Cyral et al, for help in raising awareness of the program.  We'd like to serve more students this fall to help us figure out the best way to scale this program.  There is no charge for the program right now, and it also gives the students access to our audio library.  If you aren't comfortable, please let me know and I will do this another way and won't be mad!  To look at our site, go to  It will ask for you to provide a name and email at some point, as we use this for lead generation, but you have my ok to sign up as yourself to look further into our resources.  I'd love your opinion!

Please share with anyone else you think should look at the site.  Thank you for your help!!

Mary K. Alexander
Director, National Initiatives

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