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Hadley School for the Blind: A Resource Worth Exploring

By Kate Moss, Education Specialist,
Texas Deafblind Outreach

Abstract: This article describes some of the programs offered by Hadley School for the Blind and explains eligibility requirements for completing distance education courses for credit.

Key Words: blind, deafblind, News & Views, Hadley School for the Blind, correspondence course, distance learning, Braille, child development, adjustment

The Hadley School for the Blind was founded in 1920 by William Hadley, a man who lost his vision at the age of 55 towards the end of a lifetime of teaching school. He taught himself to read Braille and decided he could teach others. All of the course work is offered through distance education methods. In the past this was through mailed correspondence courses, but now includes some materials via the internet. There are more than 90 distance education courses available to eligible students completely free of charge. Students study in the comfort of their own home at a time that is convenient for them. Course materials arrive in the mail (a few are downloadable), and for students in the U.S. and Canada, instructors are just a toll-free call away.

All the information you need to begin a course of study with Hadley is contained at the Hadley web site http://www.hadley-school.org. Follow the “Programs” link to the course catalog, or call 1-800-323-4238 to obtain a Hadley course catalog in a variety of formats. Eligible students at Hadley include:

Hadley offers four educational programs: Adult Continuing Education; High School; Family Education; and Professional Education. The Adult Continuing Education Program and High School Program offers courses the following areas: Academic Studies; Braille and Other Communication Skills; Technology; Independent Living and Life Adjustment; and Recreation and Leisure Time. Adult Continuing Education students who are parents of blind children are eligible for courses in the Family Education Program.

The courses available include many history, science, math, and social studies courses. There is an interesting art history course called “Art History Through Touch and Sound: the Art of Ancient Egypt.” There are also many business related-courses in the areas of typing, verbal communication, computer literacy, abacus and business (e.g., Business Law, Small Business Management, and Introduction to Personal Financial Planning). Independent living and life adjustment courses, including topics such as The Human Eye, Introduction to Low Vision, Personal Psychology, Personal Safety: Self-Defense Strategies, and Self-Help Groups, are also available. Other distance courses include Bible Studies, Basic Conversational French and Spanish, Braille courses and Braille Music Notation, and Recreation courses such as Chess, Container Gardening and On the Move in the Great Outdoors. There is also a coursework series on Food and Parenting.

The Family Education Program focuses on independent living, technology, advocacy and adjustment to blindness issues. While some of the courses were written for adults who are blind or severely visually impaired, they also contain important information for family members. Other courses have been developed specifically for family members. A listing of these courses includes:

The Professional Education Program is available to a professional or paraprofessional in the field of blindness or visual impairments. These courses, which include many of those already mentioned and the Essentials of Nemeth, are intended to help you become familiar with Hadley’s distance education programs, sharpen your own skills, and provide the necessary support as your student/client adjusts to blindness.

Go online, phone (800-323-4238) or request information by snail mail (700 Elm Street, Winnetka, Illinois 60093 – 2554). You will see that Hadley School is definitely a resource worth exploring.

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