We work closely with the partners below to deliver AIM-VA materials in as many formats as possible.

Learning Ally | DBVI | Bookshare | Don Johnston

Learning Ally

Learning Ally and AIM-VA have created a collaborative partnership to make reading accessible for students with print disabilities because of a visual impairment, learning disability, or other physical disability. Learning Ally, formerly Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic®, is a national nonprofit serving members for over 60 years. Qualified students with an IEP have state-funded access to the services of Learning Ally, the world’s largest provider of human-narrated, digitally-recorded textbooks and literature titles. Learning Ally is a proven resource for students who learn differently — state AYP data shows that special education students at schools using Learning Ally outperform their peers at non-Learning Ally schools.

In addition to our library of more than 80,000 audiobooks, your students will have:

  • The ability to use their access accounts for school, home, and on-the-go
  • Unlimited downloadable books
  • Access to free book playback software
  • The ability to use the free Learning Ally Audio App (for iOS and Android)
  • Access to our growing list of VOICEtext books with visible, synced text highlighted at the sentence level

As an educator, you will have:

  • Access to Teacher Ally, a student management and book usage tracking portal which allows you to assign books to students and track usage
  • The ability to add additional qualified students within your on-line/Teacher Ally account
  • Access to on-going training and support
  • Access to free book playback software and mobile apps

DRM’s are registered with Learning Ally once they complete the following steps:

  • Create an AIM-VA account.
  • Search for a book on the library portal
  • Click the Learning Ally section of the search results
  • Click the “View on Learning Ally” button
  • Check your email attached to your AIM-VA account
  • Activate your account by following the steps in the Learning Ally registration email

Register for a free webinar that will show and tell you everything you need to know to get started using Learning Ally!

The Virginia Contact is:

Madelyn Dabbs, Learning Ally Manager School & Student Success, 850-725-6438


DBVI and AIM-VA have created a collaborative partnership to offer greater access to Braille materials.  DBVI's Library and Resource Center services are provided to local school divisions to support education of visually impaired and blind children.

The Resource Center provides Braille textbooks and novels for use by blind and visually impaired students in their local school districts. Textbooks are produced in the appropriate medium or purchased from another state, and loaned for the school year. Services also include Braille transcription and reproduction of special materials, and the provision of resource and reference services for instructional materials. Materials are loaned to Virginia's blind and visually impaired students and educators for as long as they are needed. The Center also houses an inventory adaptive equipment that is distributed to blind and visually impaired infants, children and youth throughout the state. Inventory items range from technology, such as Braille note-takers and software, to folding canes and Braille paper.

Barbara McCarthy, DBVI,Library and Resource Center,DBVI, 395 Azalea Avenue , Richmond, VA 23227-3623
Toll Free (Within Virginia) - 1-800-622-2155 (Voice/TTY) or (804) 371-3140 (Voice/TTY)


Bookshare and AIM-VA have created a collaborative partnership to offer greater access to electronic instructional materials. Bookshare is an online library that makes print material available for people with print disabilities. It is designed exclusively for individuals with print related disabilities. Bookshare has been in operation since February, 2002; to learn more details and up-to-date information, visit

Not only do students gain access to Bookshare’s library, which contains over one quarter of a million titles, but they will have:

  • Free access to the Bookshare editions of Victor Reader Soft and Don Johnston’s READ:OutLoud.
  • Access to an individual student account that grants unlimited book downloads for school or pleasure reading.
  • The ability to search the Internet Archive, which contains over 3 millions DAISY files.
  • Daily updates from newspapers and magazines across the nation.
  • The ability to read on a portable device. (Must download third party app)

Bookshare books are downloadable directly from the AIM-VA library

What if my school/student already has a membership with

If your school and/or students have a membership, there is no reason to terminate the established relationship. Actually, you may choose how to access files from, either through AIM-VA or directly through

Don Johnston

As of June 1, 2011, AIM-VA renewed and extended the software license of Read:OutLoud from Don Johnston, Inc. Read:OutLoud is an eBook and web reader designed to read aloud materials from AIM-VA and other accessible instructional materials.

AIM-VA has partnered with Don Johnston to provide eligible students with free access to their Read:OutLoud software. Don Johnston has been providing assistive technology tools to students for 32 years. Having struggled with a learning disability himself, Don Johnston believes that with the right tools every student can attain a higher level of literacy. As of June 1, 2011 AIM-VA renewed and extended their software license indefinitely. That means no new contracts, no expiration date, and no annual renewal fees for Read:OutLoud (version 6) forever.

Eligible students will be able to download Read:OutLoud at school and at home as will the students teacher. The instructions for downloading Read: OutLoud can be found under the “Partners and AT” section on the AIM-VA portal.

If you wish to use the Read:OutLoud software with other, non-eligible, students, there is a small one-time license upgrade fee per building to increase your license. Please contact Don Johnston Incorporated toll-free at 1-800-999-4660 or visit the at

Questions? Contact Ian Moore, AIM-VA

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