Keys to Reading, Inc.

Great Neck, New York 11023             (516) 829-4048

This section lists organizations that can be of help to parents who have a child with a reading problem or learning disability, to adults who would like to improve their reading or learning skills, and to educators and other professionals who work with students who are having difficulty learning. Under each name and address, you will see the line “Resource Useful To,” followed by the groups (parents, adults, or educators) who will find this organization most helpful. 

                                            National Information Centers and Government and State Agencies

Division of Adult Education and Literacy
Office of Vocational and Adult Education
U.S. Department of Education
4090 MES
400 Maryland Avenue S.W.
Washington, DC 20202-7240
Telephone: (202) 205-5451

Resource Useful To: Adults; Educators (working with adults)
This division within the Office of Vocational and Adult Education at the Department of Education can provide the adult education community with resources in adult education, including putting adults in contact with the Office of Adult Education within their state. Fact sheets, bibliographies, directories, and other publications are available for adults who have special learning needs.

HEATH Resource Center
George Washington University
2121 K Street N.W., Suite 220
Washington, DC 20037
(800) 544-3284 (V/TTY); (202) 973-0904 (V/TTY)

Resource Useful To: Parents (of young LD adults);Adults
HEATH is a national clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. Among other activities and publications, HEATH offers information on how and where adults with learning disabilities can get training after high school.

National Center for ESL Literacy Education
4646 40th Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20016
Telephone: (202) 362-0700, extension 200

Resource Useful To: Educators (of adults with limited
English proficiency)
NCLE is the only national information center focusing on the language and literacy education of
adults and out-of-school youth learning English. A wide range of resources are available, including facts and statistics about adult ESL, FAQs, books and major publications, an ESL e-discussion list, and resource compilations, including Learning Disabilities and ESL.
NICHCY: 1-800-695-0285 12 FS17 (4th Edition)

National Dissemination Center for Children with
Disabilities (NICHCY)
P.O. Box 1492
Washington, DC 20013-1492
Telephone: 1-800-695-0285 (Voice/TTY);
(202) 884-8200 (V/TTY)

Resource Useful To: Parents; Educators
NICHCY can provide parents with information about special education and the rights children and youth with disabilities have under the law. NICHCY can also provide parents and others
with a State Resource Sheet, useful for identifying resources within their state. A Publications
Catalog is available upon request, and all publications are available for free on NICHCY's Web site.

National Library Service for the Blind
and Physically Handicapped (NLS)
Library of Congress
1291 Taylor Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20011
Telephone: (800) 424-8567; (202) 707-5100

Resource Useful To: Parents; Adults
Many individuals with learning disabilities may be able to borrow “talking books” (books on tape) from NLS, but they must first establish their eligibility for the program. Call or write NLS and ask for an application form for reading disabilities and Talking Books and Reading Disabilities, a fact sheet outlining the eligibility requirements for persons with learning disabilities. Once eligibility is established, the person can borrow, on tape, many of the same books that public libraries make available in print.

State Department of Education
Consult your local telephone directory for
the office in your state.

Resource Useful To: Adults; Educators
The State Department of Education in each state should have a department concerned with adult
education or literacy. This office can usually refer callers to adult education or literacy programs
within their community. Technical assistance, information, and referral may be available to
educators working with school-age children with learning disabilities or with adults with
literacy concerns.

Vocational Rehabilitation Office
Consult your local telephone directory
for the office in your area, or visit:

Resource Useful To: Adults
Through the Vocational Rehabilitation system, adults with learning disabilities may be able to get
information and referral. Services may also be available, such as literacy and job training.
FS17 (4th Edition) 13 NICHCY: 1-800-695-0285

                                                                National Learning Disabilities Organizations

Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD)
P.O. Box 4014
Leesburg, VA 20177
Telephone: (571) 258-1010

Resource Useful To: Educators
The Council for Learning Disabilities provides services to professionals who work with individuals with learning disabilities. Members include educators, diagnosticians, psychologists, physicians, optometrists, and speech, occupational, and physical therapists. All members receive the LearningDisability Quarterly, as well as Intervention in School and Clinic, a teacher-oriented magazine.

Division for Learning Disabilities
Council for Exceptional Children
1110 N. Glebe Road, Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201-5704
Telephone: (703) 620-3660; (888) CEC-SPED

Resource Useful To: Educators
The Division for Learning Disabilities is one of the many special organizations within the Council for Exceptional Children. DLD offers the TeachingLD Web site, which provides information and resources to those teaching students with LD. DLD also publishes its own journal (Learning Disabilities Research and Practice) and newsletter. Teachers and
other service providers can contact DLD about learning disabilities, publications, and membership.

International Dyslexia Association
(formerly the Orton Dyslexia Society)
8600 LaSalle Road
Chester Building, Suite 382
Baltimore, MD 21286-2044
Telephone: (800) 222-3123; (410) 296-0232

Resource Useful To: Parents; Adults (with dyslexia);Educators
The International Dyslexia Association (formerly known as the Orton Dyslexia Society) is the only national nonprofit organization solely concerned with dyslexia. Extensive information about dyslexia is available online at the Web address above, including Spanish and audio versions. The Web site also provides contact information for the state branches of IDA.
Learning Disabilities Association of America
4156 Library Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15234
Telephone: (412) 341-1515

Resource Useful To: Parents; Adults; Educators
The Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) has nearly 300 state and local chapters. The national office has a resource center of hundreds of publications for sale and many fact
sheets available online. Visit LDA’s Web site (or call LDA) to find the LDA chapter closest to
NICHCY: 1-800-695-0285 14 FS17 (4th Edition)

National Center for Learning Disabilities
381 Park Avenue South, Suite 1401
New York, NY 10016
Telephone: (888) 575-7373; (212) 545-7510

Resource Useful To: Parents; Educators
The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) is a national, not-for-profit organization
whose Web sites are extremely rich in resources. Visit and find InfoZone, which will connect you to resources in your state and online fact sheets and other educational materials about learning disabilities. You’ll also find “Living with LD,” which offers two sections, one for teens and another for adults who have LD. “LD Advocate” will keep you up to date on legislative affairs and connect you with your legislators. Through its sister Web site,, NCLD offers tailored information about reading for parents, educators, advocates, and health care professionals.

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D)
20 Roszel Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
Telephone: (800) 221-4792

Resource Useful To:
Individuals with learning disabilities who cannot read standard print material

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D) is a nonprofit service organization that provides educational and professional books in accessible media to people with print disabilities. RFB&D’s library contains more than 93,000 titles in a broad variety of subjects, from literature and history to math and the sciences, at all academic levels, from kindergarten through post-graduate and professional. RFB&D’s services are available to persons with a verified visual, physical, or specific learning disability that substantially limits reading. To become a member of RFB&D, you must complete an application for service (which contains a “disability verification” and “certification”) and include a one-time nominal registration fee. An application form is available from RFB&D’s Customer Services Department and online. FS17 (4th Edition) 15 NICHCY: 1-800-695-0285

National Literacy Organizations
ProLiteracy Worldwide
1320 Jamesville Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13210
Telephone: (315) 422-9121; (888) 528-2224

Resource Useful To: Adults; Educators
ProLiteracy Worldwide represents the merger of the world’s two largest adult volunteer literacy organizations—Laubach Literacy International and Literacy Volunteers of America, Inc. ProLiteracy America, the U.S. division of ProLiteracy Worldwide, has approximately 1,200 member programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Visit ProLiteracy’s Web site to locate a program near you, or contact them by phone or email. The publishing arm of ProLiteracy is New Readers Press, offers resources and reading materials for adults and older teens at basic literacy through GED levels; adults and older teens with learning disabilities; and ESL students. Proceeds from the sale of New Readers Press materials support literacy programs in the United States and worldwide. Contact NRP at: 1-866-894-2100.

America’s Literacy Directory and National Literacy
National Institute for Literacy
1775 I Street, NW, Suite 730
Washington, DC 20006-2401
Telephone: (800) 228-8813; (877) 576-7734 (TTY)

Resource Useful To: Adults
America’s Literacy Directory (ALD) is an on-line searchable database that refers potential learners and volunteers to literacy programs in their areas. To view a list of programs on the Internet, users simply enter a zip code at The directory provides detailed information about types of services, class times, program fees, and directions to the programs in their neighborhood. Information in the ALD is also available by calling
the national literacy hotline at the numbers listed above for voice and TTY. English- and Spanish-speaking operators are available to assist callers.