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The The Hadley School for the Blind's actual name is the Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired. It was founded in 1920 by William Hadley and offers courses free of charge to its blind and visually impaired students and their families as wll as affordable tuition courses to blindness professionals. Today, Hadley is the largest educator of 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 a distance education school and delivers Its courses to students in a variety of different media formats, depending on the student’s need. This custom, one-on-one service allows students to work at their own pace and benefit from Hadley’s expertise regardless of where they live.

Their mission is to promote independent living through lifelong, distance education programs for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, their families and blindness service providers.

Hadley has a course for you if you are:

  • A blind or visually impaired individual 14+ years of age
  • A relative of a blind or visually impaired child
  • A family member of a blind or visually impaired adult
  • A professional in the blindness field


Courses relevant to the needs of blind or visually impaired individuals, their families and professionals working in the blindness field are continually being developed and updated. The school offers more than 100 courses in four program areas:
Adult Continuing Education
High School
Family Education
Hadley School for Professional Studies

Distance Education

The advantages of distance education are:

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.

Live Webinars

Seminars@Hadley are Hadley's free, just-in-time webinars, sharing timely topics of interest to people who are blind or visually impaired and blindness service providers. They last 1 to 2 hours and can be accessed online anywhere. Notices of these webinars are posted here in the calendar section within a day of their posting.