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Celebrating Hadley’s Centennial:

A Message from Julie Tye

We are excited to commemorate

Hadley’s centennial in

2020 and proud to share this

accomplishment with the North

Shore community. We were

born here, in the Hadley family

living room on Oak Street

in Winnetka. And, we grew up

here, nurtured by the vision,

leadership and support of local

residents who have championed

Hadley’s important work for

100 years. Today, Hadley continues

to benefit from the many

local volunteers, staff members

and donors who support our


For those less familiar with

Hadley, we are—and always

have been—a distance learning

organization. This means

our blind and visually impaired

learners do not come to us, we

go to them using the medium

that works best for their individual

needs. This could be

braille, large print, audio or online.

At our headquarters at 700

Elm Street in Winnetka, Hadley

staff researches and develops

our curriculum, produces and

distributes course materials,

engages and helps our learners,

and raises money to support our

programs. In addition to those

who work onsite, we have experts

offsite who are also helping

to create our curriculum and

work with learners.

Much has changed since

William Hadley taught his

first “braille by mail” course

in 1920. However, Hadley remains

strong because we have

continuously innovated and

adapted to ensure we are providing

the greatest assistance to

the blind and visually impaired

people who need our services.

As a result, Hadley is the largest

educator of braille and provider

of distance education for

people who are blind or visually

impaired worldwide. In fiscal

year 2019, we reached more

than 172,000 learners from all

50 states and 65 countries.

Our goals remain constant: to

Julie Tye, Hadley President

empower people who are blind

and visually impaired to thrive

at home, at work, and in their

communities. Following William

Hadley’s lead, we take a

personalized approach to this

mission, so our learners get the

help they need, when they need

it. People who are blind or visually

impaired often feel isolated;

at Hadley they are part of a

community where they can find

assistance from experts and also

have the opportunity to connect

with others, like themselves,

who are living with vision loss.

Hadley also remains fully

committed to maintaining our

100-year history of providing

learning free of charge to blind

and visually impaired people

and their families. Many people

with vision loss are unemployed,

underemployed or living on a

fixed income. Thanks to the generosity

of our donors, cost is not

a barrier to Hadley learners.

2020 is a significant year for

Hadley for many reasons. In addition

to commemorating our

rich history, we are also reimagining

the organization to best

serve the growing population of

older individuals with vision loss.

I hope you will read on to

learn more about Hadley of the

past, present and future.

William Hadley and The Hadley Correspondence School

“When your life’s ambition has failed you, pick up a new thread of endeavor…make

your renewal of effort count for other people.”

~ William A. Hadley

The Making of an

Exceptional Educator

William Allen Hadley was

born in Mooresville, Indiana, in

1860. He graduated from Earlham

College in 1881 earned his

master’s degree at the University

of Minnesota.

Hadley began teaching in Willmar,

MN, where he also served as

the Superintendent of Schools for

a time. He married Jessie Henderson,

a fellow schoolteacher

and worked in Ohio and Peoria

before coming to Chicago’s Lake

View High School.

Along the way, William and

Jessie had two daughters, Margaret

and Emily. Seeking more

space to accommodate their family

of four, the Hadleys moved to

913 Oak Street in Winnetka in


In 1915, Hadley’s life was dramatically

altered when a bout of

influenza caused his retina to detach.

Today this could likely be

fixed surgically, but at that time

it meant loss of vision in this eye.

Because he had lost sight in his

other eye in a childhood archery

accident, William Hadley became

completely blind at the age of 55.

This was a difficult adjustment.

Hadley found great assistance

from his friend and neighbor, Dr.

E.V.L. Brown, a renowned ophthalmologist.

Dr. Brown not only

knew the science of vision loss,

but also the psychology. He recognized

the importance of vision

rehabilitation for recovering selfesteem

and encouraged Hadley to

stay active and learn braille.

However, Hadley was frustrated

to find that there were virtually

no educational opportunities

for blind people. Motivated by

his love of reading and learning,

he taught himself braille with the

help of his wife, Jessie.

While he learned to accept his

vision loss, he lacked a strong

sense of purpose.

In 1919, fate again intervened in

For the first two years, William

Hadley corresponded with his

students from his Winnetka

home at 913 Oak Street.

the form of a Winnetka neighbor.

Hadley had struck up a friendship

with Reverend Plumer, who

was spending the summer in Winnetka

with his daughter’s family.

Plumer suggested Hadley use his

talents to teach his fellow adult

blind by correspondence courses.

The School is Born

Hadley was excited by the

possibilities and enlisted the assistance

of Dr. Brown. Their research

revealed that nothing like

this had ever been done, yet the

need to educate adults with vision

loss was profound. This project

also brought William Hadley

back to life. He was invigorated

by the challenge and got to work

making it a reality.

By 1920, word of his idea was

spreading. A farmer’s wife in

Kansas wrote to him desperate

to learn braille so she could read

again, and “braille by mail” was

born. She mailed her exercises

to Mr. Hadley who corrected and

returned them along with notes

of help and encouragement. This

was the beginning of the close instructor-student

relationships that

is a hallmark of Hadley learning.

After this first success, Mr.

Hadley was ready to take on

more students. He advertised in

a braille periodical and received

over 100 replies from all 48

states, Canada and China. This

reinforced the significant need

for the services he was offering

and provided direction for the

type of courses to offer.

For the first year, Hadley ran

the school out of his living room,

with the help of his wife Jessie, and

the support and encouragement of

Dr. Brown. Using only the modest

means of his teaching pension,

Hadley provided education to more

than 60 students free of charge.

This policy of tuition-free education

that Mr. Hadley established a

century ago continues to underpin

Hadley learning today.

As the years went on, enrollment

and staff grew but Mr. Hadley

continued to develop, braille

and teach many of the courses

himself as well as writing personal

letters to accompany each

lesson he sent to students.

A Life Well Lived

William Hadley remained actively

involved in the School he

created until 1936 when, at the

age of 76, he underwent an operation

that took much of his vigor

and required him to scale back

his teaching.

The year before his death,

Hadley reflected upon his life in

an interview with the Chicago

Tribune, remarking: “I had been

a teacher all my life and my work

was not done. I was idle several

years, adjusting myself, but eventually,

I decided that my ability to

teach had not left with my sight.

Now I know that my most valuable

work has been done in the

last 20 years. I am not sorry that I

was made blind.”

William Hadley passed away at

the age of 81 on October 2, 1941.

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“Prevention of blindness if possible, if not, then the Hadley School.” ~Dr. E.V.L. Brown

Fulfilling the Vision: Dr. E.V.L. Brown

Dr. E.V.L. Brown, with his wife

Frieda, was critical to the launch and

success of Hadley

Edward Vail Lapham (E.V.L.)

Brown was an important presence

in the life of William Hadley. When

Hadley first went blind, it was Dr.

Brown—an ophthalmologist and

Hadley’s friend and neighbor—who

encouraged him to stay active and

learn braille.

Dr. Brown was also critical to the

founding and success of the Hadley

School. From the time William Hadley

first approached him with the idea

of starting a correspondence school,

he provided essential leadership and

counsel to the organization.

While William Hadley developed

and brailled the courses and taught

students, Dr. Brown built and managed

an organizational structure that

could provide tuition-free learning to

students. In 1922 he was appointed

to be Hadley’s first President of the

Board of Trustees and he would serve

in this role until his death in 1953.

Born in Morrison, IL, in 1896,

Brown studied at Hahneman Medical

School. There, he grew fascinated

by the wonders of the human eye and

continued his studies in this area at

Rush Medical College and the University

of Chicago. Later, his research

would take him to the University of

Berlin and Vienna. He also applied

his German-language skills to translate

scholarly texts, including The

Human Eyeball and The Diseases of

the Eye, into English.

Dr. Brown was an eminent Chicago

ophthalmologist and a dedicated educator.

In addition to private practice,

he taught at Rush Medical College,

the University of Chicago, and the

University of Illinois, and served as

President of the Board of Trustees of

the National Society for the Prevention

of Blindness in Chicago. He also

received many honors throughout his

career, including the highest honor

in his field, the Howe Medal of the

American Ophthalmological Society.

An extremely accomplished man,

Dr. Brown was a dedicated educator,

renowned ophthalmologist and great

humanitarian. His providential friendship

with William Hadley launched

The Hadley Correspondence School

and his exceptional leadership was

critical to its success.

Dr. Brown’s Family Inherits

a Passion for Hadley

Dr. Brown’s enthusiasm for Hadley was shared

with his family.

His daughter, Nancy, and her husband Clarence

Boyd (Bud) Jones also became involved with the

school in the early 1940s. A few months after Dr.

Brown died, Bud Jones took over as the President of

the Board of Trustees.

When Jones took the reins, the school was in a precarious

financial position, at risk of not meeting the

month’s payroll. He got to work inspiring people about

Hadley, getting support from his friends and neighbors

and securing new contributors.

An accomplished lawyer and Secretary of the Diversey

Corporation, Bud was devoted to Hadley. He is

remembered for his “wealth of wisdom and practical

know-how” and for working tirelessly to raise Hadley’s

profile, spearhead the building campaign and put

the school on firm financial footing. In the 16 years

that he served as board president, Hadley’s services,

manpower and income more than quadrupled.

He accomplished much of this in partnership with

his wife, Nancy, who brought great creativity and

energy to help the School. She played a pivotal role

in fundraising, effectively rallying the support of the

Board of Trustees and founding the Hadley Woman’s


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Community Support Key to Hadley Success

Hadley director, Dorrance Nygaard,

mans the Hadley exhibit at the Lions

Club International Convention in 1950.

Hadley learning has always

been free of charge

to people who are blind or

visually impaired and their

families because Hadley

never wants cost to be a

barrier to our learners.

With this in mind, raising

money to support the

learning and services Hadley

provides is integral to

what we do—and an important

part of our story.


It was the support and

generosity of Winnetka

residents that got Hadley

off the ground. The first

check Hadley received

from outside supporters

was for $1,000 in 1921. It

came from Douglas Smith,

president of the Pepsodent

Company, and Mr.

John Scott, of Carson Pirie

Scott, both of whom lived

in Winnetka and were patients

of Hadley co-founder

Dr. E.V.L. Brown.

Many from the local

area gave generously of

their time and money in

the early years – especially

Hadley’s Board of Trustees.

When Hadley was incorporated

as a non-profit

in 1922, this newly formed

Board provided the financial

support needed to

move operations from the

A proactive approach to aging through empathy,

education and empowerment

The Hadley Woman’s Board gathers

for its 2019 Spring Luncheon.

Hadley’s living room to a

small second-floor office

at 584 Lincoln Avenue

in Winnetka. Later, their

generosity would keep

Hadley going through the

lean years of the Depression,

and donations from

the Board were key to

purchasing the land at 700

Elm Street, where Hadley

now stands.

It is thanks to the generosity

of countless individuals,

groups and foundations

that Hadley can continue to

provide learners with tuition-free

education. There

are too many to name, but

a few stand out.

The Lions Club

Roars into Action

Founded by Chicago

businessman Melvin Jones

in 1917, Lions Club International

is a service club that

counts blindness-related

causes among its projects.

This was inspired by none

other than Helen Keller

who appealed to the Lions

Clubs to become “Knights

of the blind in the crusade

against darkness” when she

addressed their international

convention in 1925.

So, it was fitting and

fortuitous when the newly

chartered Winnetka Lions

Club adopted The Hadley

Correspondence School

The Hadley Teen Board washes

dogs to raise funds for Hadley.

for the Blind as its main

project in 1929 and the

beginning of a long and

important relationship for


The Winnetka Lions

worked tirelessly to spread

the word about Hadley. As

a result, the school gained

the attention and support

of other Lions Clubs

across the state and was

officially adopted by the

Illinois Lions at their State

Convention in 1935.

In 1953, the Lions of

Illinois formalized their

commitment to blindnessrelated

causes with the

forming of the Lions of

Illinois Blind Activities,

which supported Hadley

among other organizations.

This committee

raised significant funds

through its “Candy Day”

sales. Meanwhile, the

Winnetka Lions raised additional

funds for Hadley

through an annual Pancake


When it was time to expand

the Hadley building

in 1968, the Lions were

also there. Funds were

raised through memorial

donations, which were in

addition to the Lions’ annual

donation to Hadley’s

general fund.

Today, the Lions Club

International continues

to support vision-related

causes and has expanded

this scope to include blindness

prevention and sight

restoration and Hadley

continues to benefit from

the generosity of Lions

Clubs who donate to help

us fulfill our mission.

The Woman’s Board

Steps Up

In the early years, the

wives of Hadley’s founders

and Board of Trustees—including

Mrs. William

Hadley and Mrs.

E.V.L. Brown—played

a significant role behind

the scenes helping their

husbands and the School.

In 1953, many of these

women stepped out from

the shadows to formalize

and organize their support

by creating the Hadley

Woman’s Board.

This move was prompted

by necessity. In 1953 Hadley

had only $500 left in

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the bank and no immediate plan for

how to make payroll. Nancy Brown

Jones, daughter of founder Dr. E.V.L.

Brown, came up with a solution; “It

would require women, who keep their

shoulder to the wheel,” she explained

in a 1989 interview.

Together with her mother and

other prominent local women, such

as Mrs. Ernest S. Ballard who was

the first chair, the newly formed

Board spent the summer hosting

teas along the North Shore to raise

money for and awareness of Hadley.

Soon, the Woman’s Board was

off and running. Nancy Jones remembers,

“We had great strengths

in the early Woman’s Board…They

were unusually capable, bright,

charming and well-organized

women who knew how to get right

to a problem.”

2020 marks 67 years that the Hadley

Woman’s Board has been working

diligently to fundraise for Hadley.

Over the years, Woman’s Board

members have also devoted their

time and talents to Hadley, such as

giving tours of the building to visitors,

reading books for audio recordings,

and arranging events.

The Woman’s Board’s success

has made it a special partner and financial

cornerstone for Hadley. Every

year, the Woman’s Board sells

Braille Holiday Cards to raise funds

in support of Hadley. Started by

Nancy Jones in 1956, the cards always

include a message transcribed

in braille as well as an ink-printed

note. Sending the card has been a

tradition for many families and a

wonderful way to expand the reach

of Hadley worldwide.

A large percentage of the Woman’s

Board proceeds are raised through

special events, including an annual

gala that brings the community together

in support of Hadley. Over

the years, these affairs have included

dinner dances, casino nights, Kentucky

Derby parties, garden parties,

art sales and wine nights.

This year, the Hadley Woman’s

Board and Hadley Board of Trustees

are planning a landmark celebration

in honor of Hadley’s centennial. This

fun and festive evening is scheduled

for April 4, 2020 at The Dalcy in

Chicago’s Fulton Market. To be a

sponsor, purchase tickets or learn

more about the event, contact sara@

hadley.edu or call 847-784-2876.

If you are interested in joining or

would like more information about

the Hadley Woman’s Board, contact

Suzy Parks, Hadley Woman’s Board

President, at suzyparks@messinagroupinc.com

or 847-274-3202.


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Known as Hadley

Friends of Hadley

In 1974, the Woman’s Board gave

rise to the Friends of Hadley. The

Friends were focused on supporting the

school’s unique educational programs,

helping Hadley students on an individual

basis and addressing specific causes.

For example, in the aftermath of

Hurricane Katrina, the Friends of

Hadley helped a student who was

without a home, personal belongings

and, most importantly, her personal

computer which she needed to continue

her employment. By pooling

resources, they wrote a check toward

the purchase of a new computer

monitor and adaptive software so she

could return to work.

In 2006, this group won the American

Council of the Blind’s prestigious

James R. Olsen Distinguished Service

Award, which recognizes people or

organizations that have demonstrated

exceptional service to others.

Hadley Teen Board

The Hadley Teen Board is comprised

of high school age kids from

the North Shore area. The group

plans and organizes a variety of fundraisers

for Hadley—including the

Memorial Day Dog Wash held in the

Hadley parking lot by the Winnetka

Village Green. To find out more,

contact Suzette Bernstein at suzettebernstein@comcast.net.

A Lifelong Affiliation

Drives Sarah Barden

Sarah with her niece,


Sarah Barden’s affiliation

with Hadley dates

back nearly 50 years to

when, as an 8th grader

living in Wilmette, she

met Dr. Richard Kinney,

one of the organization’s

pioneers. He made an impact

that she still recalls


Sarah graduated from

Miami of Ohio University

with a double major

in learning disabilities

and elementary education

and taught in that field.

She and her husband have

since raised their own

family in Northbrook.

In 1992, Sarah became

reacquainted with Hadley

when she joined the

Woman’s Board. Like

many members, her interest

was largely social.

She enjoyed being part of

this group that does good

work in the community.

However, Sarah’s connection

became more

personal when her niece,

Annie, was born with

blindness caused by retinopathy

of prematurity.

Sarah explains, “Annie’s

story has given me

more of a drive to make

sure that the visuallyimpaired

population of

our society is served, accepted,

and totally mainstreamed.”

In addition to being

a past Woman’s Board

President, Sarah is a Hadley

Trustee and co-chair

for Hadley’s Education

and Centennial Committees.

She is proud that the

Woman’s Board works

tirelessly to uphold Hadley’s

mission. “We’ve

stayed focused on that.

Our delivery, our technology,

and all of the services

we provide; we just

continue to get better and

better as an organization

as a whole.”


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on 100 years of helping others!


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Hadley Goes International

From the very beginning, Hadley attracted

interest from blind and visually

impaired students around the world.

While the “braille by mail” model allowed

Hadley to serve international

students, it was not a fast process given

distance and geographical barriers.

In 1959, Director Donald Hathaway

and Assistant Director Richard Kinney

attended the Fifth World Assembly of

the World Council for the Welfare of

the Blind in Rome. While there, they

were approached by Latin American

delegates who wished to replicate Hadley

in their countries.

This was the beginning of Hadley

International. Under this new initiative,

Hadley partnered with local agencies

for the blind to open satellite offices in

key regions of the world. This enabled

Hadley to overcome linguistic barriers

and deliver resources more efficiently.

In the 1960s, Hadley expanded

across the globe—with offices in Argentina,

Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia,

France, Greece, India, Italy, Israel,

Kenya, Mexico, Spain and Turkey.

The international curriculum mirrored

Hadley Central’s approach, primarily

teaching English through the local

language in braille, by mail. Across

the markets there was also an emphasis

on vocational courses.

By the 1990s, new web-enabled

technologies meant learning materials

could be delivered more efficiently

from a central location. The rising cost

and complexity of maintaining operations

abroad led to closing international

offices in Europe in 1992 and the last

locations in South America and Latin

America in 2000. China was the exception

and remained open until 2012.

Today, Hadley continues to serve

people who are blind and visually impaired

around the world. In 2019 we

reached learners in more than 65 countries.

Hadley’s distance learning model

and digital technology make it a seamless

process, with learning accessible

around the clock from any location.

Learning Experts Are Hadley’s True Heroes

Unless you’ve gone

through it, it’s difficult to

imagine losing your vision

and having the confidence to

continue living independently.

Hadley’s learning experts

are essential to helping learners

navigate this new reality.

Charmaine Martin, learning

expert and practice leader for

the Adjustment, Independent

Living, and Recreation Team

explains, “People who call

are often scared and anxious

and simply want to know that

life can go on. We tell them

they can still do things they

normally do, but that they just

have to learn how to do them

in a different way, and we can

help get them there.”

She adds, “you can feel the

anxiousness of the caller but

also the relief once they hear

what we have to offer in the

way of assistance, and that

we will be there to help guide

them every step of the way.”

It is most frequently an

older individual who has experienced

recent vision loss

who reaches out to see what

Hadley can offer. Because

their literacy is already there

and they are not yet at a stage

when they want to learn

braille, most are simply seeking

tips and tricks on how to

navigate through their new

life and the experiences that

come with it.

“And they want it quickly,”

Martin explains. “We’re in the

age of YouTube, when people

don’t want to sit through a

long course to learn about independent

living. They want

the information at their fingertips

and want it now. Hadley’s

new platform is being

developed to deliver the ‘just

in time’ type of education our

learners are seeking.”

While Hadley’s online

discussion groups provide

an enormous sense of community

for those living with

low vision, it’s the learning

experts who are on the front

lines every day, communicating

in real-time, making a

difference in people’s lives.

Whether it’s tips on shaving,

navigating the kitchen, or

even how to locate a pair of

dropped glasses without stepping

on them, Martin and her

fellow Hadley experts are always

there to provide support.

“People come to us at different

stages (of vision loss),”

she explains. “When blindness

hits, you want to know

that what you’re feeling is

normal. Just like you grieve

for the loss of a family member,

you can grieve for the

loss of your vision.”

For Martin, it is an “amazing

feeling” to see how

someone struggling in the

beginning learns to adjust.

She affirms this feeling also

extends to sighted individuals

when they’ve learned to help

their loved one regain their


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Hadley Addresses the

Changing Face of Vision Loss

Improved prevention, detection and treatments

have resulted in fewer children experiencing

vision loss. However, at the other end

of the age spectrum, vision loss is a growing

concern. As the baby-boomer population

ages, visual impairments caused by eye diseases—such

as age-related macular degeneration,

diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma—

are on the rise.

Poor visual acuity is just the beginning of

the challenges these individuals will face. Impaired

sight makes medication management

precarious. Getting around in public, or even

one’s own home, becomes unsafe. Cutting

food and cooking a meal turns hazardous.

The loss of independence and lack of mobility

that accompany vision loss frequently

lead to increased isolation, depression and a

reduced quality of life.

There is an urgent need to support the

millions of older individuals new to vision


In the United States, vision rehabilitation

is provided as a social service. People in need

of assistance are typically referred to staterun

agencies, but these organizations are

often oversubscribed and underfunded and

simply cannot provide the type, volume or

speed of support that is needed.

Nor is the medical community set up to

help. Vision rehab has never fallen under the

medical model. Once there is nothing left to

do to treat the underlying disease or restore

vision, people are usually left in the cold,

without assistance or support.

How Is Hadley Helping?

As the largest provider of distance education

for people who are blind and visually impaired

worldwide, Hadley is uniquely qualified

to serve this growing population. We are

doing this by bringing together our esteemed

100-year history with new technological capabilities

to deliver the most impactful learning


Hadley’s distance learning model allows

us to be there to help people facing visual impairment

through this challenging transition.

It might take months to see a vision rehab

counselor at a state-run agency but Hadley

learning and learning experts are available

immediately. Hadley learners have access

to personalized learning experiences in the

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Congratulations on your 100thanniversary!

Discussion Groups

Creating a Sense of Community Engagement

Visual impairment is often isolating.

Compromised sight can make it difficult to

travel and get around in public leading to a

loss of independence, established routines

and engagement with the outside world. According

to The Global Coalition on Aging,

low vision has also been shown to result in a

9.5 times greater risk of Alzheimer’s disease

and a 200% increase in clinical depression.

Staying connected is critical—and something

that Hadley learners are eager to do.

So, Hadley recently launched a series of

Discussion Groups where learners can interact

with others who share their interests

and learn from others who are facing similar


Hadley Discussion Groups are free of

charge and open to anyone with a visual

impairment, their family members, and

even medical professionals. These forums

allow learners—who are spread out across

the country and around the world— to gain

knowledge, share information, connect with

one another and build community. Subjects

capture learners’ broad range of interests and

needs. Whatever the pursuit, it is likely that

Hadley has a discussion group for it. Topics

include: Tech it Out, Hadley Growers, Spanish

Chat, What’s Cooking, Resource Roundtable,

Get Up & Go, Crafting, Embracing

Braille and Writers’ Circle.

Discussion groups are also an important

component of Hadley’s new workshop format.

They provide a valuable avenue for

‘social learning’ that, research and experience

reveal, is critical to people with low vision.

If learners are not able to join the live

conversation, they can access the discussion

content after the fact by downloading the

transcript or listening to the audio recording.

Topics are timely and seasonal—such as

how to cook a Thanksgiving turkey or online

shopping for holiday gifts.

Feedback from learners has been excellent.

They enjoy the cross-section of people

who participate, the ability to ask questions

of experts and the group, and the opportunity

to share their own tips and experiences.

Visit hadley.edu/discussions to browse all

of the discussion groups. Click ‘Tune In’ to

view upcoming topics, times to join in and

access past sessions.

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Forsythe Center Helps People with Low Vision Get Back into the Workforce

Unemployment among people

with disabilities is a serious issue,

and this is especially true

for people with visual impairments.

The National Federation

of the Blind reports that over

70% of working age adults with

significant vision loss are not

employed full time.

And the situation is expected

to only worsen.

The National Eye Institute

projects a dramatic increase in

the number of Americans with

low vision, from 2.9 million in

2010, to 5 million in 2030, and

to nearly 9 million in 2050. Although

low vision can occur at

any age, most people with low

vision are over 60 years old.

“Because this generation will

live longer, many will strive for

years to keep their jobs and live

independently with low vision,”

explains Colleen Wunderlich,

director of Hadley’s Forsythe

Center for Employment & Entrepreneurship.

“I’m concerned

Forsythe Center Director Colleen

Wunderlich and her guide dog

Nora with Sandy Forsythe.

because society is not prepared

for the increasing numbers of

people who will lose their vision

10 to 20 years down the road. It’s

been a silent epidemic for a long


Through the Forsythe Center,

Hadley offers tuition-free courses

and online modules that focus

on business planning, marketing,

basic accounting and financial

statement preparation.

“Whether someone is seeking

a job, wanting a better job, or aspiring

to be their own boss, we

help develop the business skills

needed to be successful,” explains

Ms. Wunderlich, who has

been with Hadley since 2013 and

has been blind since birth.

Each year, the Forsythe Center

awards $30,000 in grant

money to deserving individuals

through its ‘New Venture’ competition

for entrepreneurship.

Wunderlich realized the need for

this competition a few years ago

when she was teaching a Hadley

course on business plans and

started seeing a lot of people’s

business plans come through.

She recalled the “courses to prepare

people for business planning

and competition” when she

earned her MBA at the University

of Chicago Booth School of

Business and set out to create a

similar opportunity for Hadley


The funding for this award

comes from Sandy and Richard

Forsythe, who also provided the

seed money to start the Forsythe

Center at Hadley in 2011.

Last year’s winner, Darrel Kirby,

is using this award money to

build his own multidisciplinary

behavioral healthcare practice.

(See Kirby’s story on page 11.)

“It blows my mind and is simply

astounding that there are

people out there like Darrel who

are able to do what they do,” said

Sandy Forsythe, who joined the

Hadley’s Woman’s Board shortly

after moving to Winnetka in

1983. “Knowing our name is at

the forefront of this program is

such a great feeling. We recognize

that it is working and has

helped so many people.”

Sandy knows the difficulties

that come with living with a

loved one with vision loss. Her

husband, Rick, who started his

own company, Forsythe Technologies

in 1971, developed

macular degeneration in 2004 at

the age of 65.

“The one thing that I’ve

learned about blindness and

people is that they want their

dignity, they want to contribute

to society, and plain and simple,

they want a job,” adds Forsythe.

“We are thankful to help open

this door to them.”

As the only program of its

kind, the Forsythe Center for

Employment & Entrepreneurship

is continually growing and

developing new coursework to

go along with a new online portal.

Wunderlich gleams with pride

when asked about the Forsythe

Center’s accomplishments. “I’m

proud of our entrepreneurs,” she

says. “They make this program

successful. We are so honored to

have touched well over 200 businesses

in different phases of the

development process.”

For more information on the

Forsythe Center for Employment

& Entrepreneurship, visit

https://www.hadley.edu/fce or

call (800) 323-4238.

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Iowa City Man Wins 2019 New Venture Competition

When Darrel Kirby was

a junior at the University

of Iowa his life was turned

completely upside down.

Studying to earn a degree

in psychology, Kirby, a diabetic

since childhood, began

losing his sight and within a

few months would be completely

blind due to detached

retinas that didn’t respond to


“The most difficult part

of going blind is losing your

independence. I was devastated,”

said Kirby.

Kirby left school and returned

home, hoping for

answers but became isolated

and depressed. “(Before losing

my sight) I was sociable,

had a lot of friends, was

willing to take risks and try

all sorts of new adventures,”

he explained. “Suddenly,

I was scared to do those

things. I was scared to leave

my apartment, and friends

didn’t know how to interact

Darrel Kirby accepts his

award at Hadley’s 2019

Student Awards.

with me.”

Eventually, he found help

and inspiration from others

in the blindness community,

giving him the motivation

to return to school and

reimagine his life. He also

learned that he didn’t necessarily

have to give up on all

of the dreams he had before

he lost his vision.

Darrel returned to school,

earned his master’s degree

in social work and became

a licensed independent social

worker and certified

drug and alcohol counselor.

Over the next eleven years

he worked as a counselor at

agencies in the Iowa City


These were positive and

rewarding experiences, but

Darrel aimed to move into

private practice because it

allows for greater flexibility,

improved financial prospects

and the opportunity to

work with clients long-term.

He also recognized that Iowa

City needs more therapists

with experience working

with college students, expertise

handling issues such as

substance abuse and eating

disorders, and with diverse

identities and backgrounds.

So, Darrel joined forces with

a colleague to start Thrive

Behavioral Health, LLC.

Hadley’s Forsythe Center

was key to making this a reality.

As he describes it, “My

vision and this dream were

the outline and it was like

someone gave me crayons,

and I was coloring it in, and

it was coming to life. Now, I

am so much better prepared

and have a sense of where

we are going because of the

detail and direction that the

courses demanded of me.”

In June of 2019, Kirby

won the Hadley ‘New Venture

Competition’ for his

business plan and $30,000

in prize money. Kirby will

use this award to grow the

business. He shares, “it will

help us to hire the qualified

therapists we want to attract

and will help Thrive

be the business that I really

want it to be.”

However, the experience

goes beyond the prize

money. Darrel states, “No

matter what happened with

the competition, discovering

Hadley and completing the

classes and having the business

plan was an enormous



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comfort and convenience of

their homes. And, because

they also have the opportunity

to learn from and interact

with others across the

Hadley community through

our forums and discussion

groups, the experience of vision

loss becomes less lonely

and isolating.

Scheduled to launch in

spring 2020, Hadley’s updated

learning platform

will feature offerings tailored

to meet the needs of

older adults new to vision

loss. These dynamic, engaging

and interactive experiences

will allow learners

to go at their own pace,

practice their knowledge

and learn through scenariobased

settings with real-life


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and accessible so learning

can begin right away. Resources

will be available

24/7 from the comfort and

convenience of the learner’s

home. When assistance is

needed, Hadley learning experts

will be there. And, as

always, this learning will be

free of charge to people with

vision loss and their families.

While Hadley expands its

focus to assist the growing

population of older adults

new to vision loss, we will

also enhance the learning experience

for all the people we

have been serving for the past

century. We are always improving

and are committed to

meeting learners where they

live and where they are—

with applicable knowledge

and practical solutions to help

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Technology: Past, Present and Future

Technology has had a powerful

impact on the lives of people who

are blind and visually impaired—

and on the possibilities for distance

learning. For the past century,

Hadley has been on the forefront

of these developments, embracing

technology to improve our ability

to reach and teach those in need of

our services, and to enhance the

quality and experience of the learning

it provides.

The Early Years

In the 1920s, when Hadley was

first founded, braille textbooks

were produced one-at-a-time on

braille writers, making for a timeand

labor-intensive process. In

these early days, William Hadley

wrote and produced most of these

himself, even once more staff was

hired to assist.

So, when braille presses came

on the scene in the 1930s, it was

transformative for the school. The

ability to produce textbooks much

more efficiently enabled Hadley to

expand its student base and course


Alfred Allen was hired in 1922

to be William Hadley’s “right hand

man” and manage the business affairs

of the school. Allen was also

an innovator who developed a

braille press with an accompanying

stereotyping machine that produced

zinc plates from which the

books could be printed. This sped

up production of textbooks so the

school could keep pace with the

growing demand.

Allen also pioneered the idea of

the “Talking Book” in the 1930s,

which sent recordings and record

players to students. Since many

students did not yet have access

to electricity, these machines were

spring loaded. This initiative inspired

the Talking Book program

the Library of Congress launched

later, which loaned electric players

to students to use.

When Hadley’s new building

was constructed in 1957, it included

an audio recording studio.

This gave the school the ability

and flexibility to produce these

learning materials in-house. It also

brought many broadcasting personalities,

such as Shirley Cole of

“Little Orphan Annie” fame, to

Hadley to record course material.

In the late 1950s, the Thermoform

Braille Duplicator revolutionized

printing. Books could be

produced for a fraction of the cost

of printing them on a large braille

press and materials could be updated

more efficiently and easily.

Hadley updated its recording

studio in the 1980s, enabling

learning materials to be captured

and shared on cassette tape. Celebrities,

such as Sammy Davis,

Jr. and George Shearing, read and

recorded books and magazines for

Hadley. Future enhancements including

a teleprompter, powerful

computers and digital sound editing

software allowed Hadley staff

to digitally master, edit and duplicate

recordings in house.

Hadley’s early

braille reproduction

machines were

simple presses with

zinc plates.

Personal Computers

and the Internet

The 1990s brought the personal

computer and, since then, the speed

of technology has accelerated exponentially

to open new doors and

opportunities for people who are

blind and visually impaired.

One of the most significant developments

was the screen reader,

a software program that enables

a blind or visually impaired user

to read text on a computer screen

Charles Shipley, Hadley recording studio

engineer, records Shirley Cole, a wellknown

Chicago broadcaster who voiced

Annie on the “Little Orphan Annie” radio

show, in 1957

with a speech synthesizer or braille

display. This allowed Hadley students

and teachers to correspond

and share materials electronically.

While computers and screen readers

were prohibitively expensive

for many in the early years, today,

nearly every program has major

accessibility options built right in.

Then came the Internet. Hadley

launched online learning, or

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“eHadley,” in 2001, beginning

with a course on “internet basics.”

eHadley quickly gained steam and

more materials were rolled out

over the following years.

Seminars@Hadley was launched

in 2006. This popular series of free,

online sessions was made available

to learners around the world

and was the precursor to Hadley

Presents podcasts and Discussion

Groups offered today.

In 2012, Hadley introduced a series

of videos about how to use the

accessibility features of the iPhone

and other Apple products. Hadley

has been building this library continuously

and it has recently been

expanded to include Android products

as well. You can find these on

the Hadley website (https://hadley.


Looking to the Future: Workshops

Now, Hadley is putting the

technology in place for our next

century. We are transforming the

manner in which we offer our education

going forward so we can

best serve the growing population

of people facing vision loss and

empower them to meet the challenges


For this, Hadley is redeveloping

its traditional programming

into dynamic online workshops.

Course materials are being portioned

into digestible, interactive

experiences. For those learners

who prefer, these materials will

also be available in braille, audio

and large print.

With a multimedia approach

and interactive formats, this new

platform will let learners move

at their own pace, practice their

knowledge and learn through scenario-based

settings with real-life

applications. It will also accommodate

individual vision conditions

through customized settings

and will tailor content and make

recommendations based upon

user interactions.

Hadley learning experts and

learning developers are currently

working diligently to bring this

vision to life for rollout in spring


Hadley Partners with Technology Leaders on Accessibility

When Doug Walker joined the

Hadley staff to focus on assistive

technology approximately eight

years ago, Hadley learners were

eager to learn about iPhone accessibility.

So, he rigged up a recording

studio in his Nashville, TN, home

office and got to work videotaping

a series of tutorials that could be

shared through Hadley’s website.

This was just the beginning.

Hadley learners loved this platform,

so Walker upgraded his

production studio and continued

to create videos on iPhone accessibility

features—such as VoiceOver

and Magnifier. Then, he expanded

the curriculum to include tutorials

for the Mac.

Apple took notice. Sarah Herrlinger,

Apple’s director of global

accessibility policy & initiatives,

contacted Hadley about forming a

relationship wherein Hadley would

be featured on their website as a goto

resource for accessibility. Since

then, this relationship has continued

to flourish. Hadley’s tutorial library

now covers how to use accessibility

features on a full range of

Doug Walker presents on

accessibility features at

Chicago’s Apple Store

Apple products—including Apple

TV, Apple Watch and iPad.

Doug Walker has also presented

at Apple on vision accessibility

on multiple occasions. And, when

Apple needed to teach visually impaired

individuals how to use Swift

Playgrounds as part of their “Everyone

Can Code” initiative, they

reached out to Hadley for help.

Because accessibility features

were built right into Apple’s software,

this was the logical place for

Hadley to start teaching. However,

since then, other technology companies

have followed suit—and

Hadley is keeping up with the demand

for learning.

This has led to new opportunities—including

relationships with

Microsoft and Google. Recently,

Hadley launched a series of Android

accessibility videos with

Google so all smartphone users can

learn to make their device more

accessible. Hadley is also in the

process of creating tutorials for Microsoft

products including Microsoft

Word, Windows, Outlook and

Windows Mail. These will be produced

in mirror versions: one for

people with low vision, a second

for people who use a screen reader.

Walker, who is visually impaired,

recognizes first-hand the incredible

power that technology has. “I’ve often

said that my smartphone makes

me half as blind. It really is true,” he

remarks. “Our smartphones open up

the world to us. Since the software

is built right into the device, there’s

no need to purchase any third-party

software to make our device fully

accessible. Now, we are able to get

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Distance education has always been

Hadley’s model of learning. This approach

worked well 100 years ago because the blind

and visually impaired individuals that William

Hadley set out to teach did not need to

travel or disrupt their lives to access education

Braille was initially the primary means for

communication between students and teachers

and later large print, audio and online

formats were added. More recently, digital

technologies have given rise to exciting new

mediums including podcasts, videos and webinars.

While the way we deliver learning has

evolved, Hadley’s philosophy has remained

constant. “Distance learning is still our focus,

although technology is proving to be the

biggest game changer,” Chief Program Officer

Ed Haines explains. “Back in the day,

we started sending out our audio courses on

vinyl records as part of the talking book program.

That morphed into cassette tape, then

digital talking books. The future is definitely

pointing towards people getting their audio

How Distance Learning Sets Hadley Apart

Blind and visually impaired individuals

and their families access Hadley learning

from their home.

workshops on devices like Alexa.”

What does distance learning mean to

Hadley learners today? It means studying

in a convenient location, with materials and

teachers’ comments arriving by mail or via

email; allowing students to study on their

own time and at their own pace; and the ability

to receive specially designed course materials

in the medium of choice.

However, Hadley’s distance learning approach

is also personal. It’s the one-on-one

attention from Hadley’s instructors that sets

us apart. Hadley’s licensed educators check

and respond to completed assignments individually.

Help is always available via phone

or email when someone has questions or

needs assistance.

Today, Hadley offers hundreds of workshops

in four main categories: Braille, Technology,

Employment, and Adjustment, Independent

Living and Recreation. “All four go

together,” explains Haines. “You can’t really

adjust emotionally or psychosocially unless

you have attained some level of independence;

or level of independence unless you

have some level of adjustment. They are just

very interrelated.”

For the past century, Hadley has been developing

new distance learning programs

to improve our offerings and adapt to the

needs of people who are blind and visually

impaired. In 2020 we will take a bold new

step in this direction with the launch of a new

format to deliver content.

To increase our reach and impact, we’re

broadening our virtual platform and transforming

traditional courses and seminars into

bite-sized 10- to 20-minute experiences,”

explains Charmaine Martin, learning expert

and practice leader for the Adjustment, Independent

Living, and Recreation Team.

“Learners will also be able to customize

their experience when on our newly-designed

online platform, and choose the font

style and size, page color and contrast that

work best for their individual needs. And as

they move through content, Hadley’s system

will retain preferences, tailoring subsequent

visits to match preferred user experience and


Martin assures that individuals who prefer

offline learning will still have access to

printed materials, newly delivered in a series

of short booklets and audio clips with on-demand

production and shipping powered by

an upgraded and integrated database.

Hadley learners are striving for independence.

Martin explains, “being able to help

them makes all the difference in the world.

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