In the News

Online nonprofit provides support for those with visual impairments during pandemic

41 Action News | October 2020

Exciting Changes for the Hadley Institute's Second Century

AFB AccessWorld | September 2020

Vision 2020

Daily North Shore | September 2020

Hadley Relaunches Website with Help of Owensboro Resident

Tristate Homepage | August 2020

App Helps Blind During Pandemic

KOMO NEWS Seattle | May 2020

As Boomers Age, Visual Impairment Grows

FOX 47 News | February 2020

As Boomers Age, Visual Impairment Grows

TMJ 4 | February 2020

Mary Nelson Helps Ready Hadley For Its Next 100 Years

Winnetka Living | January 2020

Hadley at 100

22nd Century Media | January 2020

Hadley Rediscovered: Announcing New Direction

Access World | October 2019

Father Learns Braille with Daughter After Tragedy Strikes

Niagara Frontier Publications | August 2019

Visions of the Future: "Built to Last" Segment

ABC 7 | July 2019

Hadley 2.0

Daily North Shore | May 2019

As Boomers Age, Vision Loss Rates Soar. Hadley Can Help.

Winnetka Talk | April 2019

Apple and Hadley Teach Coding to Blind

Chicago Tribune | May 2018

Hadley Helps People with Low Vision Live Independently

NBC 5 Chicago | March 2016

Hadley Experts


Julie Tye, President and CEO

Julie has devoted her entire professional career to non-profit management. With an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School, she started out in hospital management at Lutheran General then moved to the administrative staff of Parkside addiction treatment centers. From there, Julie was chosen to head up The Cradle, one of the country’s leading child welfare agencies.

Tye started at Hadley in the spring of 2016 and has implemented a strategic redirection in 2020 which has already resulted in significant growth of organizational impact.


Ed Haines, Chief Program Officer

Ed Haines has been with Hadley for over 15 years, currently serving as Chief Program Officer.  Ed has enjoyed a 25-year career in the field of vision rehabilitation, working for both state and private agencies as an administrator, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, and Vision Rehabilitation Therapist.

He is a graduate of Western Michigan’s Blindness and Low Vision Studies Program and is a Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist.


Douglas Walker, Director of Research & Development

Douglas Walker is a lifelong learner and educator with a specialty in assistive technology for those with visual impairment. He’s taught in a wide variety of settings: from the Tennessee School for the Blind, to West Tennessee as an itinerant educator/consultant, to Vanderbilt as an adjunct professor, to Hadley to head up our assistive technology team.

Most recently Douglas has assumed a leadership role in Research and Development at Hadley, developing new ways to engage and empower those facing vision loss.

Walker holds a master’s degree in education from Vanderbilt University.

Hadley Publications

Find out what's happening at Hadley. Access past publications and e-newsletters here.

Media Relations Contact

Joan Jaeger, Chief Marketing Officer
(847) 784-2751

Hadley Logo