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Review for Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Winnetka, IL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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 privacy of my own home, at my own pace, with very little time input on my part. Hadley instructors are so caring and such professionals it stretches over the distance to make you feel so at ease. No wonder Hadley has over 10,000 students from around the world knocking at their door to get to their excellent courses, primarily braille. Hadley’s braille literacy program is easy and guaranteed to work for a newbie like me or anyone else. Their braille literacy program consisted of four courses: the first one just simply awakened my fingers to be better at tactile feeling and taught my hands to move about a braille page in six easy lessons; the second course taught the braille alphabet and had me making braille labels for items about the house after 16 easy lessons; the third course had me reading and writing uncontracted braille with nine lessons; and the fourth course provided the 189 braille contractions in its 30 very easy lessons to make me fully braille literate. Braille made me whole again giving back what I had lost. I was literate again, albeit in a different format, but I could read, cook from recipes, and even do my favorite Sudoku puzzles all in braille. I fell in love with braille and with Hadley. Thank you Hadley, thank you to those individuals upfront involved in teaching me, as well as, those behind the scenes, and those who keep Hadley going. There are many, many of us out here who fall between the cracks and are in need of Hadley. I am so glad I found Hadley!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Take all the money in the world to make Hadley able to reach more and more people to give them the gift of braille literacy. Hadley is great! Hadley has been in the braille teaching business for over 90 years and their experience shows in their marvelous well-designed courses. The need is great out here for them.

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