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Hadley’s mission is to create personalized learning opportunities that empower adults with vision loss or blindness to thrive — at home, at work, and in their communities.

700 Elm Street
Winnetka, Illinois 60093

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Organizational membership

Hadley has initiated partnerships with many national and international organizations to better meet the needs of current and potential students. These alliances expand Hadley’s ongoing quest to reach those who can benefit from their services.

Their partners include:

  • Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP)
  • American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
  • American Printing House for the Blind (APH)
  • Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER)
  • Blinded Veterans Association
  • Council of Schools and Services for the Blind (COSB)
  • FamilyConnect
  • Lighthouse Guild Support for Parents (previously NAPVI)
  • Lions Club International
  • National Association of Blind Merchants (NABM)
  • National Eye Institute (NEI)
  • National Industries for the Blind
  • Second Sense
  • The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)
  • The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
  • Utah State University
  • World Blind Union


Founded in 1920 by William Hadley, an educator who lost his eyesight later in life, Hadley offers practical help, connection and support free of charge to anyone with a visual impairment, their families and professionals supporting them. Providing online, large print, braille and audio media, Hadley serves nearly 150,000 individuals each year, reaching all 50 states and 100 countries. And more people learn braille from Hadley than from any other organization worldwide. 


Find out what's happening at Hadley. Hadley’s publications bring to life the stories behind their students, faculty and the school. 

  • Thrive student magazine
  • Honor Roll of Donors
  • Foresight — Hadley Planned Giving Newsletter

Visit Hadley’s publications page to learn more.


Julie Tye, Chief Executive Officer
(847) 784-2760

Ed Hanes, Chief Program Officer
(847) 784-2856

Kirby Lindgren, Director of Professional Outreach
(847) 784-2766


Education programs

Low Vision

Last updated: January 30, 2023