The Massachusetts Department Of Elementary and Secondary Education will fund a limited number of Student Access Accounts for students with a documented print disability through Learning Ally (previously Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic).

Start by searching the online library of Learning Ally (previously Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic) for audiobooks.

If you do not find the book at Learning Ally, try searching the National Instructional Materials Access Library (NIMAC).

If the book is available at the NIMAC, follow the instructions below to request it from Learning Ally.

Send an email to with the book title, author, publisher, and ISBN, along with your school or district’s Learning Ally member name and ID. In approximately two weeks, Learning Ally will ship a CD to your school with a student-ready version including electronic text with synthetic audio, plus any images provided by the book’s publisher.

If you do not find the book at the NIMAC, you can ask the book’s publisher if digital files are available. The publisher may be willing to send the files to the NIMAC or to your school.

Remember, to ensure that materials will be available when you need them, your district’s purchasing contracts with publishers should require the publisher to send NIMAS files to the NIMAC.

For further information, contact Jennifer Doughtery,, 617-500-2712.

Learning Ally has many new ways to access materials (including an iPod/iPad app), and they also offer webinars:

For more information, see the Department’s web site: