Monday, September 10, 2012

Distance Education Classes for the Blind and their Families

Hadley School for the Blind Logo
Hadley School for the Blind offers more than 100 free and tuition-based distance education classes for the blind and their families. The Hadley School for the Blind has been around since 1920 with its mission to promote independent living through lifelong, distance education programs for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, their families and blindness service providers. 

Students, age 14 and older, who are blind or meet vision eligibility requirements may enroll in Adult Continuing Education courses, where they can learn basic communication and technology skills, business skills, independent living skills, parenting skills, as well as enroll in academic classes such as English, math, science and social studies. In addition, students can earn a high school diploma using the Hadley School curriculum.

Family members of a blind or visually impaired person can enroll in the Family Education Program, where they can learn to read and write braille, foster the development of a child with a visual impairment, and/or support your member's adjustment to vision loss.

Those who currently work with the visually impaired as a professional, volunteer or service provider can also enroll in tuition-based professional studies courses that will help you work more effectively with your clients or students. Courses are offered in Braille, audio format, digital talking books, pdf format, print and online. 

Check out the website for more information.

I, personally, took a class on how to support my husband through his vision loss. I found it easy to fit into my schedule and very helpful. I highly recommend this resource.

Blog post by: Cindy Downes