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WBRC was visited by Chuck Young, President of the Hadley School for the Blind, and Colleen Wunderlich, Director of the Hadley School’s Forsythe Center for Employment and Entrepreneurship on Friday, August 15th. Mr. Young and Mrs. Wunderlich participated in a tour of the WBRC center and reported that they were very impressed with our program. They also provided an in-service to WBRC students and staff about the Hadley School for the Blind and it’s programs.
The mission of The Hadley School for the Blind is to promote independent living through lifelong, distance education programs for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, their families and blindness service providers. Founded in 1920 by William Hadley and Dr. E.V.L. Brown, Hadley offers courses free of charge to its blind and visually impaired students and their families. Today, Hadley is the largest provider of distance education for people who are blind or visually impaired around the world, serving more than 10,000 students annually in all 50 states and 100 countries.
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Two programs of interest that Mr. Young and Mrs. Wunderlich presented to the WBRC students and staff included the Blinded Veteran’s Initiative Program and the Forsythe Center for Entrepreneurship Business Program.
The Blinded Veteran’s Initiative Program was launched on Veterans Day 2011. The goal of this new initiative is to educate and inspire blind or visually impaired Veterans to pursue their personal and professional goals and help support their families. Visually impaired Veterans and their family members can enroll in the school’s distance education courses at no cost. The curriculum has been updated with new Veteran-specific resources such as a ‘Veteran’s Benefits’ module. The initiative complements Hadley’s Forsythe Center for Employment and Entrepreneurship (FCE) which is designed to address the 70 to 80 percent unemployment rate among individuals who are blind or visually impaired. The FCE provides individuals with sight loss the knowledge, resources, and networking opportunities to advance in their careers or start their own business.
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Mr. Young also reported that the Hadley School has begun a Low Vision Focus program which includes free audio programs for Veterans with low vision. These recordings include modules such as ‘Basic Kitchen Skills’, ‘Managing Medications’, ‘Eating Without Embarrassment’, and ‘Adaptive Devices & Techniques’. Once registered, the audio recordings are mailed to participants via CD at no charge.