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Learning Ally: Midwest Region - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Learning Ally: Midwest Region
18 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 236-8715 (Local)
(800) 221-4792 (Toll-Free)

Brief Description

Hours of operation: Mon.-Thurs. 9:00 AM-8:00 PM, Fri. 9:00 AM-4:30 PM, Sat. 9:30 AM-1:30 PM.
Clients served on average per year: Nationally RFB&D serves over 126,000
Staff description: 8 full-time paid staff, 11 part-time paid staff, 400 volunteers.
Geographic area served: Serving Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Wisconsin.
Publications: Annual Report and Impact Newsletter


Sara Almassian, Regional Donor Relations Administrator, (312) 236-8715 202,
Ellen Gallagher, Regional Service Director, (312) 236-8715 208,
Linda Maraba, Regional Development Officer, (312) 236-8715 205,
Laura McMahon, Regional Programs and Services Director, (312) 236-8715 205,
Janet Milkovich, Regional Executive Director, (312) 236-8715 201,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Braille/Electronic/Audio/Large Print Production
    • Textbooks.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • RFB&D Outreach provides teacher training to familiarize educators with the services provided by RFB&D.
  • Library Services
    • RFB&D has more than 98,000 titles in its CV Starr Learning Through Listening® Library.

Services for Professionals

  • Professional Training
    • Provides teacher training to familiarize educators with the services provided by RFB&D.
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