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Dyslexic Undergrad from Salisbury Wins National Achievement Award

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Dyslexic Undergrad from Salisbury Wins National Achievement Award

Carson Wigley Proves Learning Disability Is No Obstacle to Educational Success

PRINCETON, NJ – Learning Ally, a 63-year old nonprofit organization serving over 300,000 individuals across the U.S. with learning differences, visual impairment and reading disabilities, has bestowed its highest award to Carson Wigley, an 18-year old student from Salisbury who has dyslexia.

Wigley is one of several students from across the U.S. who will receive cash awards of $6,000 and travel with their families to Washington, DC early next year to accept their awards, meet with Members of Congress, and speak at a media roundtable on Capitol Hill.

Now a freshman at Wake Forest University, Wigley took advanced placement courses and graduated from Worcester Preparatory School with a 97.0/100 grade point average. She was a Maryland state winner of Letters about Literature, a national competition of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress; and she has also founded her own organization, SHINE Now, which has collected nearly 4,000 books for children in Title I schools and homeless shelters.

“Learning Ally enabled me to achieve my academic accomplishments in high school, and their audiobooks were the first thing I packed in my suitcase for college,” says Wigley. “I have been able to see my dyslexia as a gift, and it gives me a boost in self-esteem to realize that I have overcome something and been successful in school and throughout my life.”

Each year, Learning Ally (formerly known as Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic) honors exceptional students through the Marion Huber Learning Through Listening® Awards, which were instituted in 1991 for high school seniors with learning differences such as dyslexia. Hundreds of students apply for these prestigious awards each year and are selected by committees of Learning Ally volunteers, board members, parents, educators, donors and staff.

Students are recognized for their academic excellence, extraordinary leadership, and service to others; and they have thrived on their education paths thanks in part to their extensive use of accessible educational content and assistive technology provided by Learning Ally. Each award winner has a long list of honors and accomplishments, and has graduated with a GPA above 3.0, with most near the 4.0 mark.

About Learning Ally™

Founded in 1948 as Recording for the Blind, Learning Ally serves more than 300,000 K-12, college and graduate students, as well as veterans and lifelong learners – all of whom cannot read standard print due to blindness, visual impairment, dyslexia, or other learning disabilities. Learning Ally’s collection of more than 65,000 digitally recorded textbooks and literature titles – delivered through internet downloads and various assistive technology devices – is the largest of its kind in the world. More than 6,000 volunteers across the U.S. help to record and process the educational materials, which students rely on to achieve academic and professional success.  Learning Ally, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is funded by grants from state and local education programs, and the generous contributions of individuals, foundations and corporations.  For more information, call (866) 732-3585 or visit www.LearningAlly.org.

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