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700 Elm St
Illinois 60093

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Hadley offers approximately 100 courses in a wide range of subjects, including braille, independent living, academic subjects, eye conditions and recreational and leisure activities.
The school is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement.

Hadley’s courses fall under four program areas:

The Adult Continuing Education Program includes courses for blind and visually impaired people that promote independence and lifelong learning. A sample of Adult Continuing Education course topics includes braille reading and writing, technology, business skills, the guide dog lifestyle, self-esteem and adjusting with blindness and working safely in the kitchen.

The High School Program allows blind students to earn high school credit for courses such as math, science, English literature and history. These credits may be transferred to the student’s local school to help earn a high school diploma. Students who choose not to attend public school, or are adult nontraditional students, may complete all their high school degree requirements at Hadley. The school hosts an annual graduation ceremony for students who complete their diploma through Hadley.

The Family Education Program allows family members to become actively involved in supporting their loved one’s adjustment to blindness. Courses are for parents or grandparents of blind children and family members of blind adults. Topics include child development, independent living and braille instruction.

The Hadley School for Professional Studies is for those who work with blind or visually impaired people, such as teachers, social workers and rehabilitation professionals. This program includes course topics such as independent living, self-help groups, low vision and braille.

The mission of The Hadley School for the Blind is to promote independent living through lifelong, distance education programs for people who are blind or visually impaired, their families and blindness service providers.

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Hadley's business courses were excellent, in that they taught me me to examine my business ideas in depth. They brought up some things I would not thought of on my own. It was a valuable experience. The instructors were kind and knowledgeable. I highly recommend Hadley... more »
I love to cook and read. With my midlife vision loss I needed to find a resource for learning braille so I could continue to cook and read. Hadley filled that need and more! Hadley offers FREE courses in braille and independent living. Through their awesome Hadley courses, I learned in the ... more »
My experiences with Hadley School have provided me some useful and essential insights with the unique needs of adventitiously blinded students and potential applicants for guide dog schools. Understanding the “grief management” part of losing one’s sight later in life and the decision making ... more »
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