Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Hadley Launches New Blinded Veterans Initiative

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new Blinded Veterans Initiative.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there are an
estimated 158,300 legally blind veterans and 700,000 veterans with
low vision. In addition, approximately 7,000 veterans become newly
blind or visually impaired each year from non-combat related causes.
Compounding the problem is that approximately 70 percent of working
age Americans who are blind or visually impaired are unemployed or

In response, Hadley's Blinded Veterans Initiative will educate and
inspire blind or visually impaired veterans to pursue their personal
and professional goals and help support their families. Veterans
coming to Hadley as a result of this new initiative will be able to
enroll in any of 100+ distance education courses. Core subject
matters emphasized through this new initiative include business and
entrepreneurship, technology, independent living skills, adjustment
to blindness and braille literacy.
The program is tuition-free for all visually impaired veterans and
their family members, thanks to the support of Goldman Sachs Gives,
a donor-advised fund. The gift was made at the recommendation of
John Willian, a managing director at Goldman Sachs and Winnetka
native whose family has shown a legacy of support for the Hadley School.

For more information about this new initiative, or to enroll, please
If you know of any blinded veterans who would benefit from Hadley's
distance education courses, please forward this message.

The Hadley School for the Blind, Lifelong Learning, since 1920

700 Elm Street, Winnetka, IL 60093

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