Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired
700 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093
(847) 446-8111 (Local)
(847) 446-9916 (Fax)
(800) 323-4238 (Toll-Free)
(847) 441-8111 (TDD/TTY)

Brief Description

Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired is the largest worldwide distance educator of blind and visually impaired people, their families and blindness service professionals. Founded in 1920 by William Hadley and Dr. E.V.L. Brown, Hadley offers classes free of charge to its blind and visually impaired students and their families and affordable tuition classes to blindness professionals. It offers more than 90 tuition-free distance education courses to blind or visually impaired individuals, their families and professionals working in the blindness field. Hadley relies on contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations to fund its programs. The Hadley School is accredited by Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council since 1958 and the North Central Association on Accreditation and School Improvement since 1978.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-4:30 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 100,000
Number of staff: 74
Staff description: Hadley has 74 staff members, 43 based in Winnetka, IL and 31 faculty members who work from home around the United States.
Geographic area served: All 50 states and over 100 countries.
Publications: Student newsletter 2x per year, donor newsletter 2x per year, major donor newsletter 3x per year, catalogs, brochures, flyers, annual report.


Douglas Anzlovar, Chief Experience Officer, doug@hadley.edu
Joan Jaeger, Chief Marketing Officer, (847) 784-2751, Joan@Hadley.edu
Andre Lukatsky, Chief Technology Officer, (847) 784-2713, andre@hadley.edu
Vivian Seki, Director of Materials Production, Vivian@hadley.edu
Dawn Turco, Chief Learning Officer, (847) 784-2829, dawn@hadley.edu
Julie Tye, President, (847) 784-2760, julietye@hadley.edu
Brooke Voss, Chief Development Officer, (847) 784-2774, Brooke@Hadley.edu
Karen Woodfork, Director of Student Services, karen@hadley.edu

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Braille/Electronic/Audio/Large Print Production
    • Provides materials in alternate formats.
  • Services for Seniors
    • Hadley provides a variety of adult continuing education courses for seniors who are adjusting to vision loss including Independent Living, Going Places, Using Raised Markers, Personal Safety, Self-Esteem and Adjusting with Blindness and more.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Offers a course in independent travel.


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