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Learning Ally: Mid-Atlantic Unit - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Learning Ally: Mid-Atlantic Unit
3500 Remson Courth
Charlottesville, VA 22901
(804) 293-4797 (Local)
(800) 221-4792 (Toll-Free)

Brief Description

Hours of operation: 8:30 AM-4:45 PM.
Clients served on average per year: Nationally RFB&D serves over 126,000
Staff description: 5 staff members, all reading/recording done by volunteers.
Geographic area served: Serves Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, DC, and West Virginia
Publications: Annual Report and Impact newsletter


Mary Ann Coffey, Production Director, Virginia, (434) 326-4952,
Jim Lystlund, Regional Service Director, (757) 875-2951,
Gail Milligan, Virginia Area Director, (434) 326-4944,
Christina Raimo, Regional Executive Director, (617) 500-2701,
Chris Ranaghan, Regional Programs and Services Director, (609) 651-8555,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Braille/Electronic/Audio/Large Print Production
    • Educational materials, suitable to the classroom.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Statewide outreach to schools, teachers, students, parents.
  • Library Services
    • Maintains educational library of over 80,000 textbooks, professional and reference books in alternate formats.

Services for Children

  • Education Services
    • Learning Ally (formerly RFB&D) works with leading publishers and technology innovators to bring accessible materials to individuals with visual and learning disabilities.

      Available in every grade level and most subjects, Learning Ally textbook and literature titles are used nationwide. In addition to the classics, RFB&D’s digital library provides current editions of state adopted texts ensuring students learn from the same versions as their classmates. Our textbooks, literature titles and other adult resource books are suitable for individuals, students and working professionals so that all can participate in lifelong learning.

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