Partners

Hadley is proud to partner with many local, national and international organizations to better meet the needs of our community. Through partnership, we all better serve those who can most benefit from our services.

Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP)

American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER)

Be My Eyes

Blinded Veterans Association

Bookshare.org

Lions Clubs International

National Association of Blind Merchants (NABM)

National Council of State Agencies for the Blind (NCSAB)

National Eye Institute (NEI)

National Industries for the Blind (NIB)

The Older Individuals who are Blind Technical Assistance Center (OIB-TAC)

The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)

Vision Serve Alliance

World Blind Union

 

Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP)

Advancing professional competency in vision rehabilitation and education to promote service quality.

The Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP) certification programs are designed to offer professionals the means to demonstrate critical knowledge and skills that promote the provision of quality services and ethical practice.

For additional information on which workshops carry CE credit, visit the ACVREP website.

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American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

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 visit www.afb.org.

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American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is the world's largest nonprofit organization creating educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are blind and visually impaired.

For additional information visit www.aph.org/about/story/.

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Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER)

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 visit www.aerbvi.org.

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Be My Eyes

Be My Eyes is a free mobile app with one main goal: to make the world more accessible for blind and low-vision people. The app connects blind and low-vision individuals with sighted volunteers and companies from all over the world through a live video call.

For additional information visit www.bemyeyes.com/.

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Blinded Veterans Association

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.

For additional information visit www.bva.org.

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Bookshare.org

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 and Bookshare.org initiated a partnership to provide free membership to all current U.S. Hadley learners and a discounted membership for all current non-U.S. Hadley learners. 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.

Free membership: For all currently enrolled Hadley students living in the United States.

Reduced membership fee: For currently enrolled non-U.S. resident learners, including those from Canada, and Hadley learners who have completed a course in the past but are not currently active.

Visit the Bookshare website: www.bookshare.org. Under the "Membership" tab, click on "Membership Options" Select the "Individual Memberships" link. Select the "Sign up for an individual membership" link. You will be prompted for information such as age, name, address and student status.

For Promo Code, be sure to enter "Hadley Student."

All Hadley students may disregard the request for proof of disability; Hadley will do this for you. Currently enrolled Hadley students living in the United States may also disregard the request for payment.

When you are done with the sign up process, you will receive an email from Bookshare with a password. Bookshare will then contact Hadley to verify that you are a current student and that we have certification of your print impairment on file. Once this is done, you will receive another email from Bookshare notifying you that you can now use your password to download books. This will take about a week.

If you have questions, please send an email to student_services@hadley.edu. You may also call toll-free 800-526-9909 in the United States, Puerto Rico or Canada. Outside the United States, call 847-446-8111.

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Lions Clubs International

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.

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National Association of Blind Merchants (NABM)

The National Association of Blind merchants is a membership organization of blind persons employed in either self-employment work or the Randolph-Sheppard Vending Program. They are a training, technical assistance and advocacy organization that provides information regarding rehabilitation, social security, tax, and other issues which directly affect blind merchants. Hadley partners with the national Association of Blind Merchants to provide online distance education and training to blind entrepreneurs in the Randolph-Sheppard Business Enterprise Program.

For additional information visit www.blindmerchants.org.

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National Eye Institute (NEI)

The mission of the National Eye Institute (NEI) is to conduct and support vision research and education programs that protect and prolong vision. NEI established the National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) to fulfill another important aspect of NEI’s mission: to educate the public and professionals about the importance of eye health. NEHEP has a variety of program areas that focus on the importance of early detection and treatment, especially for high risk populations, and the benefits of vision rehabilitation.”

For additional information visit nei.nih.gov.

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National Industries for the Blind (NIB)

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, 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 visit www.nib.org.

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The Older Individuals who are Blind Technical Assistance Center (OIB-TAC)

The Older Individuals who are Blind Technical Assistance Center is a part of the National Research & Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (NRTC) at Mississippi State University, focused on agencies serving older individuals who are blind (OIB). This project is funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) under the U.S. Department of Education. The OIB-TAC team provides a variety of training and technical assistance activities to state OIB programs to improve administration, operation, and performance of OIB programs by addressing the areas of community outreach; best practices in provision and delivery of services; program performance, including data reporting and analysis; and financial and management practices, including administrative compliance.

Check out OIB-TAC's "Time To Be Bold" Campaign.

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The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)

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 visit www.cnib.ca/en/.

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VisionServe Alliance

VisionServe Alliance is a consortium of Executive Directors/CEOs of 501(c)(3) nonprofits throughout the United States that provide unique and specialized services to people who are blind or with severe vision loss. We bring together the full diversity of services for one conversation with the ultimate goal of unifying the many issues and organizations operating independently of one another in the field. Members include organizations focusing on national advocacy and/or service issues, employment and manufacturing, adult vision rehabilitation, K-12 residential and on-line schools, early intervention and pre-school, dog guides, low vision clinics, and Braille production. Collaborative projects, national trends, stronger management and leadership, and advocacy issues have been born from these conversations and activities.

For additional information visit visionservealliance.org/.

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World Blind Union

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 visit www.worldblindunion.org.

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