This page has resources for distance learning, blindness skills, cooking products and directions, using Apple and Android phones, tablets and apps, plus many useful tips for blind persons.
Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired – Email email@example.com
700 Elm Street Winnetka, IL 60093-2554
(847) 446-8111 or (800) 323-4238
The HadleyInstitute for the Blind’s mission is to promote independent living through lifelong distance education programs for people who are blind or with limited vision. their families and blindness service providers.
- Adult Continuing Education courses to prepare for employment and entrepreneurship.
- High School (HS) Program features academic courses and electives for students who wish to earn a high school diploma from Hadley, or transfer Hadley course credits to their local high school.
- Family Education – Topics range from child development, to independent living, to braille reading and writing and adjustment to blindness issues.
- Hadley School for Professional Studies – HSPS courses are available to anyone who works directly with blind or visually impaired individuals in a work, school or community setting, whether as a paid employee or volunteer.
- Low Vision Focus @ Hadley – program designed to help you maintain your independence in your home by sharing practical ways to address daily living skills made difficult by low vision.
- Hadley offers online seminars on a wide range of topics. Participants may register for whatever interests them and participate directly in the discussion, or may review them online at a later time.
BlindHow.com Website created by the NFB of Utah provides video and audio demonstrations of how blind people live the lives they want. Topics include technology, education, employment, recreation and leisure, and active daily living skills.
DirectionsForMe, a service of Horizons for the Blind – 815-444-8800
125 Erick St., A103 Crystal Lake, IL 60014
provides consumer package and label information online for people having trouble reading the small print; provides complete packaging information, preparation and cooking instructions, ingredient lists, nutrition and drug facts, labels for many common grocery, health and beauty and general products plus potentially life-saving allergy and drug interaction warnings. Horizons for the Blind also sells a variety of books on cooking, crafts and gardening.
NLS Music Section, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Library of Congress, Washington, DC 20542 – 800-424-8567
The special music collection of the National Library Service consists of more than thirty thousand audio, braille, and large-print music scores, texts, and instructional materials about music and musicians; ranging from beginning to advanced levels. Holdings are searchable online at
Many recordings offer instruction in playing instruments including guitar, piano, organ, and recorder. Many of these audio and braille titles can be downloaded from NLS BARD.
National Braille Press – 888-965-8965
88 Saint Stephen Street, Boston, MA 02115-4312
National Braille Press produces a wide variety of books, including material on cooking, health, and tutorials on PC software, iPhones and iPads. Most of their publications are available in hardcopy braille, downloadable braille, Daisy audio or Microsoft Word formats.
AppleVis.com – community site for blind and low-vision users of Mac computers, iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV
AppleVis contains discussion forums, podcasts and reviews of the accessibility of thousands of apps for iOS and Mac.
AccessibleAndroid.com – Community of blind users of Google tablets and Android cell phones
How-to guides, podcasts and links to help you get the most out of your Android device.