I have a lot of admiration for the comprehensive services that Hadley provides to learners throughout the world.
— Maureen Duffy, VisionAware.org
Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired has initiated partnerships with many national and international organizations to better meet the needs of current and potential students. These alliances expand Hadley's ongoing quest to reach those who can benefit from our services.
Our partners benefit from our expertise in distance education and, conversely, we tap their expertise in developing new courses. If you are interested in partnering with us to help those who are blind or visually impaired, contact Hadley President Chuck Young, 847-784-2760.
The Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) is an international membership organization dedicated to rendering all possible support and assistance to the professionals who work in all phases of education and rehabilitation of blind and visually impaired children and adults. Membership is comprised of more than 4,200 professionals who provide services to people with visual impairments.
The mission of the AER is to develop and promote professional excellence through support of those who provide services to people with visual impairments.
For additional information on AER visit www.aerbvi.org.
Established in 1945 by combat-blinded veterans returning from World War II, the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) was chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1958. As a result of the charter, BVA is the only Veterans Service Organization exclusively dedicated to representing and promoting the welfare of America's approximately 156,000 blinded veterans and their families.
BVA locates veterans who are legally blind and need assistance. The organization guides them through the rehabilitation process and acts as an advocate for them before Congress and the Department of Veterans Affairs in the securing of all of the benefits they have earned through their service to the nation. BVA also promotes access to technology and the practical use of the latest research. Its Field Service Program provides encouragement and emotional support through role models who demonstrate that the challenges of blindness can be successfully overcome.
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)—the organization to which Helen Keller devoted her life—is a national nonprofit association that strives to ensure blind or visually impaired Americans enjoy the same rights and opportunities as other citizens. AFB promotes wide-ranging change by addressing the most critical issues facing the growing blind and visually impaired population—employment, independent living, literacy and technology. In addition to its New York City headquarters, the group maintains four national centers in cities across the United States and a governmental relations office in Washington, DC.
For additional information on AFB visit www.afb.org.
For additional information on AFB Senior Site visit www.afb.org/seniorsite.
Bookshare.org, the world's largest online digital library, offers more than 60,000 books and 150 periodicals in downloadable digital and refreshable braille formats to qualified members.
In 2007 Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired and Bookshare.org initiated a partnership to provide free membership to all current U.S. Hadley students and a discounted membership for all current non-U.S. Hadley students. This strategic collaboration will extend the reach of both organizations and provide a broad range of learning and reading materials to people who are print disabled. At this time, the school has added most of Hadley's supplemental course material to the library.
For additional information on Bookshare visit www.Bookshare.org.
CNIB has a rich history dating back to 1918 when Edwin A. Baker co-founded the group in response to a national need for rehabilitation services for returning veterans and others who were coping with vision loss.
CNIB provides services to all Canadians living with vision loss in its 10 provinces and 3 territories at no cost to the client. It provides services such as: Low Vision assessments and rehabilitation, career and employment services, counseling and referrals, Assistive Technology, Orientation and Mobility training, independent living skills and Library service.
For additional information on CNIB visit www.cnib.ca/en/.
One of the nation's most comprehensive social service agencies, The Chicago Lighthouse improves the quality of lives of people experiencing vision loss or blindness through education and rehabilitation.
Founded in 1906, the Lighthouse is a local agency with a national even a global reach. Housed under our roof at 1850 W. Roosevelt Road are one of the nation's few remaining clock factories; the oldest and most prestigious low vision clinic in the U.S.; and an acclaimed school for children with multi-disabilities. We also have programs serving veterans, seniors and adults with severe disabilities. For the first time in our history, we have opened a full-service site outside of our main Chicago building which is located in Glenview at 222 Waukegan Road.
For additional information on The Chicago Lighthouse, please visit www.chicagolighthouse.org.
FamilyConnect is an online, multimedia community created by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and the National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI). This site gives parents of visually impaired children a place to support each other, share stories and concerns, and link to local resources. The site also features a mom-authored blog, inspiring video testimonials from families, and articles authored by parents and experts in the field of blindness on multiple disabilities, technology, education, and more. From the personal to the professional, families will find all the resources they need to raise their children from birth to adulthood.
For additional information visit www.familyconnect.org.
Horizons for the Blind is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people who are blind or visually impaired, by increasing accessibility to consumer information, education, recreation and employment. Horizons has created an accessible website, www.directionsforme.org, with comprehensive and reliable packaging information, for everything from preparation instructions to ingredients and nutrition facts, for over 400,000 grocery, health and beauty products.
Horizons is also a leading provider of accessible transcription services to the business community and processes over 30,000 billing statements a month in braille, large print and audio formats for financial institutions, utility companies, cable TV and cell phone providers.
For more information about Horizons, visit www.horizons-blind.org.
This international program offers educators of blind children and adults worldwide distance education coursework designed to enhance their abilities through its partnership with the Hadley GLOBE ALL (Growth and Learning Opportunities in Blindness Education) Program.
The program addresses the unmet needs of blind children and adults throughout the world. Through GLOBE ALL, educators of blind children worldwide have access to Hadley’s distance education courses, which are specifically designed to enhance the abilities of teachers.
For additional information visit www.icevi.org.
Lions Clubs have a long association with Hadley, dating back to the 1920s when the Winnetka Lions Club provided financial support to Hadley as the school was experiencing growing pains. As an active resource in communities, Lions can direct people to Hadley who would benefit from its services. And, through Hadley, Lions Clubs have the opportunity to renew their commitment to be “Knights of the Blind.”
In 2003, Hadley took its relationship with Lions to the next level and entered into a formal partnership with Lions Clubs International to reach more students outside the United States.
For additional information visit www.lionsclubs.org.
The National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI) is a national organization that helps parents find information and resources for their children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with other disabilities. The group conducts workshops and conferences; maintains a national support and information network; provides seed money for establishment of local chapters; and promotes the development of state and local organizations of, by and for parents of children with visual impairments.
For additional information on NAPVI visit www.napvi.org.
NIB enhances the opportunities for economic and personal independence of persons who are blind, primarily through creating, sustaining and improving employment. NIB operates under the Javits-Wagner-O'Day (JWOD) Act, a mandatory federal purchasing program, enabling people who are blind to work and provide products and services to federal and commercial customers.
NIB Business Basics
NIB, in partnership with Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired, has designed NIB Business Basics, an innovative method to train people who are blind in necessary skills to excel in the business world.
Coupling Hadley’s proven excellence in distance learning with NIB’s mission to enhance the opportunities for economic and personal independence among blind people, this program allows Blind people to develop fundamental business skills essential to their success. The NIB Business Basics curriculum helps build skills in business writing, general business concepts, management, spreadsheets and Web-based research.
NIB Business Basics is open to anyone who is legally blind and employed by NIB or its associated agencies at no cost. Follow this link to find out more about NIB Business Basics.
For additional information on NIB visit www.nib.org.
Second Sense provides the tools, training and information adults with vision loss need to live independently. Because vision loss affects each individual differently, Second Sense programs are designed to respond to individual needs, goals and abilities. Second Sense offers programs in independent living education and training, adaptive technology training and Therapeutic and career counseling.
Mission Statement: Through the recognition of individual strengths and aspirations, Second Sense offers alternative perspectives for living with vision loss. Working together, we tailor our training and support to help every person realize their potential.
For additional information visit www.second-sense.org.
Students may enroll in any of five Utah State University - Hadley Distance Education Courses for associate, bachelor's or master's degree credit: Introduction to Blindness and Visual Impairment, The Human Eye and Visual System, Introduction to Braille, and The Role of Paraeducators with Individuals who are Blind or Visually Impaired, and Introduction to Low Vision. Introduction to Multiple Disabilities will be available in summer 2010.
The partnership between Hadley and USU, which was announced in January of 2008, offers courses as part of Utah State University's SKI-HI Institute, a unit of the College of Education's Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education, which focuses on development and needs of young children who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, deafblind or multidisabled. Three Hadley instructors are teaching as adjunct professors in the joint USU-Hadley program.
This one-of-a-kind program increases access to affordable distance education for teachers, teacher assistants, paraprofessionals and parents to help them obtain professional certification in working with students who are blind and visually impaired. It also enhances their knowledge and awareness of resources for children with disabilities. Students in this program receive either a Certificate in Blindness or a USU degree in General Studies with a Focus in Blindness, qualifying them to work in a classroom with school-age children who are blind or visually impaired.
The World Blind Union (WBU) was formed in 1984 and is a registered Canadian charity (#85547 1587 RR000); it is the sole international body representing the interests of people who are blind and partially sighted across the globe. Our vision is to build a community where people who are blind and/or partially sighted are empowered to participate on an equal basis in any aspect of life they choose. Today, the WBU is divided into six regions: Europe, Africa, N. American/Caribbean, Latin America, Asia, and Asia Pacific. Each region has particular programs and projects that reflect the unique needs of that region. WBU has member organizations in 191 countries in all the six regions; and, it has consultative status with the United Nations, actively representing persons who are blind and partially sighted at international levels.
For additional information on World Blind Union visit www.worldblindunion.org.