WINNETKA – The Hadley School for the Blind has been awarded the prestigious Oculus Award from Envision, a non-profit organization that supports people who are blind or visually impaired.
Envision representatives presented the award at their 10th annual conference on low vision. The award is presented annually to individuals or organizations, nominated by their peers in vision rehabilitation and research, whose careers or programs have had a significant impact on people who are blind or visually impaired through professional collaboration, advocacy, research or education. Hadley is broadly recognized as a global leader in distance education, and it provides nearly 10,000 students each year from more than 100 countries with tuition-free programs.
“We are proud to honor an institution … that give[s] so much to the BVI community,” said Envision’s President/CEO Michael J. Monteferrante. “By dedicating their efforts to the discovery and dissemination of information, The Hadley School breaks down barriers that might otherwise prevent those who are blind and visually impaired, their families and others from achieving all that they can in the world. We salute their commitment and accomplishments and encourage others to follow their example.”
Held each September, the Envision Conference (this year in Denver, Colorado) offers more than 90 hours of clinical education and research sessions pertaining to low vision. Ophthalmologists, optometrists, occupational therapists, medical researchers, students and instructors from leading low-vision optometry schools and other professionals and academics come together to focus on improving the quality of low-vision care through collaboration, advocacy, research and education.
“The fact that we were nominated for this award by our peers is very humbling. The more than 90 years we have spent serving blind and visually impaired people, their families and professional support networks worldwide is being celebrated by admirable individuals, groups and organizations in the BVI field,” said Hadley President Chuck Young.
Submitted by The Hadley School for the Blind
Founded in 1920, The Hadley School for the Blind’s mission is to promote independent living through lifelong, distance education programs for people who are blind or visually impaired, their families and blindness service providers. The world’s largest educator of braille, Hadley serves nearly 10,000 students in all 50 states and 100 countries each year and thousands more through [email protected], free “just in time” webinars on a variety of vision-related topics. For more information, visit www.hadley.edu or call 800-323-4238.
Envision (www.envisionus.com) promotes advocacy and independence for those who are blind or low vision. Founded in 1933, Envision is one of the largest employers of individuals with vision loss in the nation. Headquartered in Wichita, Kan., Envision’s mission is to improve the quality of life and provide inspiration for the blind and visually impaired through employment, outreach, rehabilitation, education and research. For more information, visit www.envisionus.com.