State Programs - Blind and Dyslexic
CSFA Number: 586-18-0515
Agency Name
State Board Of Education (586)
Agency Contact
Amy Deegan
Short Description
To provide reading accommodation support, teacher classroom resources, and educator training workshops for teachers serving students with print disabilities, including learning disabilities, dyslexia, blindness, vision impairment, or physical handicap. Learning Ally school campus licenses allow unlimited number of qualifying students school/home access to more than 80,000 human-voice recorded audio-books and e-Books and provide assistive technology and classroom support within the PreK-12 curriculum.
Subject Area
Program Function
Enabling Legislation
National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standards (NIMAS) as part of the Individuals with Disabilities Educational Improvement Act of 2004.
Objectives and Goals
Provide up to 750 Learning Ally school campus licenses to public Illinois schools upon request. License shall include at a minimum, the following services: Access to over 80,000 audio-books with unlimited downloads to link playback software, iOS and Android apps, and Chromebook players; curriculum support materials; Teacher Ally program management tool access and training; and online technical assistance and support for participating schools, teachers, and students. Provide an Illinois specific program website, featuring program communications, support, and outreach. Expand resources available to participating schools through updated and new materials.
Types of Assistance
Direct Payments for Specific Use
Uses and Restrictions
To provide audio books to those with a vision loss or print disability.
Eligibility Requirements
Education organizations that serve students with a vision impairment or print disability are eligible to apply.
Eligible Applicants
Education Organizations;
Application and Award Processing
ISBE is acting as the fiscal agent for this grant. No pre-application coordination is required.
1) Obtain an application package via the Internet or from the Education Publications Center (ED Pubs).
2) Develop application within guidelines, including font style and size, borders, and required priorities and elements. Documents must be in an unmodifyable format.
3) Allow time for grants department to review and obtain all needed signatures.
4) Submit electronically using Grants.Gov. Allow enough time for upload prior to deadline.
Assistance Consideration
Post Assistance Requirements
End-of-the-year report detailing the number of districts and students that have accessed the service, as well as the number of books that have been accessed throughout the year, is required.
Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2017 : $846,000
FY 2018 : $846,000
FY 2019 : $846,000
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
65108891051-3999(BD)Learning Ally Inc07/01/201906/30/2020846,000