TEK TALK WELCOMES DAWN E. TURCO, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, HADLEY INSTITUTE FOR THE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED

Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired
(Formerly, The Hadley School for the Blind)
Founded in 1920 by William Hadley and his ophthalmologist and neighbor Dr. E.V.L. Brown, Hadley offers courses free of charge to its students who are blind and visually impaired, 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 in more than 100 countries. Hadley is also the largest educator of braille worldwide.
Nearly a century after our founding, Hadley has evolved to serve a broad spectrum of individuals with vision loss, including those with low vision. While we have, and will always serve people who are blind, we recognize there is a burgeoning population of older adults who are experiencing age-related vision loss, and are expanding our programs and services to address their needs.
Hadley's foundation is education, lifelong learning and professional development, primarily for adults, but the term "school" has been misinterpreted to mean we are a residential facility for young children who are blind, when just the opposite is true. Hadley students are ages 14 and up.
"Institute," on the other hand, offers broader language. While it speaks to education, it defies space and place. It also provides an umbrella with which to talk about the many programs and services that Hadley offers and the many audiences that Hadley serves, including people who have long been visually impaired and those new to sight loss, their families and blindness service providers.
In addition to the rebranding, Hadley Institute will soon be announcing its new president, replacing Chuck Young, who is retiring after 10 years at the helm. The new leadership will see Hadley to its centennial celebration in 2020!
Meanwhile, Hadley continues to offer 5 programs: Adult Continuing Education, High School, Family Education, Hadley Institute for Professional Studies and the new Low Vision Focus @ Hadley, along with great free services like Seminars@Hadley and iFocus Instructional videos!

Dawn E. Turco
Senior Vice President
Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired
dawn@hadley.edu

Dawn E. Turco
Senior Vice President
Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired
700 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093
847-784-2829
www.hadley.edu

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