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Learning Ally: Southern California Unit - AFB Directory Profile

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Learning Ally: Southern California Unit
5022 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 664-5525 (Local)
(323) 664-1881 (Fax)
(800) 732-8398 (Toll-Free)

Brief Description

RFB&D-Los Angeles Unit is a nonprofit organization.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Sat., days and evenings.
Clients served on average per year: Nationally over 141,000
Number of staff: 24
Staff description: Staff includes the Executive Director, and Directors of Production, Fund Development, Outreach and Communications. Also included are full-time and part-time staff who run the three recording studios and supervise the nearly 500 volunteers, who record all of the audio textbooks and other educational materials.
Geographic area served: Southern California.
Publications: The Los Angeles Unit annually produces 2 print newsletters, 4 email newsletters, an annual report, and outreach materials for students, teachers and parents.


South Bay Studio
1310 Kingsdale Avenue
Redondo Beach, CA 90278

San Fernando Valley Studio
6860 Canby Avenue
Suite 111
Reseda, CA 91335

Hollywood Studio
5022 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027


Michael Cocks, Member Services Coordinator, (323) 664-5525 101,
Dan Holt, Senior Production Supervisor, Redondo Beach Studio, (310) 371-9969,
Diane Kelber, Communications Director, (323) 664-5525 104,
Melissa MacRae, Development Director, (323) 664-5525 105,
Micah Shelton, Senior Production Supervisor, Hollywood Studio, (323) 911-1615,
Carol Smith, Executive Director, (323) 664-5525 109,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assistive Products
    • Digital playback devices and software, desktop and handheld options.
  • Braille/Electronic/Audio/Large Print Production
    • Audio textbooks and other educational materials on CDs.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Visits area schools to educate teachers and students about services and provide instruction on how to use digital playback devices and software. Does one-on-one and group trainings, Parent Nights, conferences, meetings and presentations.
  • Library Services
    • RFB&D's national library has more than 109,000 titles in its CV Starr Learning Through Listening® Library.
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