I took my first course at Hadley when I was 15 years old, which is about 49 years ago. I hope to be around when Hadley celebrates its centennial anniversary.
— Michael, IA

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

Founded in 1920 by William Hadley and Dr. E.V.L. Brown, Hadley offers courses free of charge to its blind and visually impaired students and their families and affordable tuition to blindness professionals. Today, Hadley is the largest provider of distance education for people who are blind or visually impaired around the world, serving more than 10,000 students annually in all 50 states and 100 countries. Hadley is also the largest educator of braille worldwide. A 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, the school relies on contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations to fund its programs.

Hadley has a course for you if you are:

The Advantages of Distance Education

Study in a location convenient to you. Course materials and teachers' comments on your assignments arrive by mail or via email.

Study at any time, at your own pace. Since you decide when to study, you can choose a time when you are least likely to be interrupted.

Receive specially—designed course materials in the medium of your choice—braille, large print, audio and online.

Receive one-on-one attention from your instructor. Your Hadley instructor will check, grade and respond to your completed assignments individually, as if you were sitting together in a classroom.

Contact your instructor with questions. If you have a question about what you are studying, you can call our toll-free number (U.S. and Canada), write or email your instructor.