WINNETKA- The Hadley School for the Blind, the largest provider of distance education for people who are blind and visually impaired worldwide, announced that Chuck Young will retire in May, 2016 after more than 10 years serving as the school’s president. The Management Committee of Hadley’s Board of Trustees has retained Morris & Berger, a firm specializing in non-profit executive searches, in the recruitment.
“When I arrived at Hadley in December 2005, I knew of the school’s stellar reputation, its legacy of accessible distance education and its commitment to fostering lifelong independence,” Young said. “What I did not know (though I had an inkling) was how incredibly far Hadley would progress in just a decade.”
This transformation includes:
- Hadley taking the lead in teaching students the new braille code that will be implemented nationwide in 2016 called Unified English Braille (UEB). More than 2,000 students (the vast majority of whom are braille teachers) have already completed Hadley UEB courses since their introduction in early 2015.
- the inception of the school’s Blinded Veterans Initiative in 2011. Since then, more than 500 blinded veterans have enrolled.
- the launch of The Forsythe Center for Employment and Entrepreneurship (FCE), also in 2011. It is the only distance education program of its kind focused on helping people who are blind or visually impaired start or grow a business or acquire employment.
- the May 2015 launch of Hadley’s newest program entitled Low Vision Focus @ Hadley. It currently consists of 10 audio lessons available on CD, DTB (digital talking book) cartridge and as free mp3 audio downloads from the Low Vision Focus @ Hadley (LVF) Web site. Each recording is approximately 30 minutes long and covers a different aspect of living independently with low vision.
- major technological strides. Through eHadley the school transitioned to mobile learning, whereby students can study “on the go” by cell phone and tablet. [email protected], the school’s free webinars, has greatly expanded to include 250 topics from content experts resulting in more than 60,000 unique views annually. With a new series of iFocus videos, students, teachers and others can master the uniquely accessible features of the iPhone, iPad and the new Apple Watch with downloadable video tutorials available free 24/7 on the Hadley Web site.
“Hadley helps to ‘level the playing field’ among sighted, visually impaired and blind individuals with unique distance education programs and curricula delivered in large print, braille, audio and online. Tens of thousands of students and others can access information via smartphones and other mobile devices, YouTube, webinars and social media,” Young said.
“It has been an honor and privilege to serve as president of The Hadley School for the Blind.”
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.