Reaching the Hispanic community with help living with vision loss


Winnetka-based Hadley, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the national leader in distance learning for people with vision loss, has partnered with the National Eye Institute (NEI), which is part of the National Institutes of Health, to offer online tutorials in Spanish through Hadley’s online learning center, Built on several months of research and based on the needs and desires of people with visual impairments, the platform is accessible free of charge.

As part of this new partnership, Hadley will launch a Spanish language version of its popular cooking series, which includes: Kitchen Safety Basics; Use sharp knives; How to check if something is fully cooked; Use of stove and oven; and pour hot and cold liquids.

“Hadley was founded over a century ago with the goal of making our learning resources accessible to those who need them most,” said Julie Tye, CEO of Hadley. “Breaking down language barriers so that even more people with visual impairments have access to daily help and emotional support is a priority for Hadley.”

“NEI strives to foster diversity, equity, inclusiveness and accessibility in all of our activities,” said NEI Director Michael F. Chiang, MD. “We are thrilled to partner with Hadley to add Spanish language resources to their site for people with visual impairments. .

During this pilot phase, Hadley and the NEI will closely monitor the use of these new Spanish language workshops and expand offerings as needed. Users who register for the series in Spanish will be alerted as more content or other resources become available in Spanish in the future, all registrants will have full access to all of Hadley’s existing resources in English.

NEI leads the federal government’s efforts to eliminate vision loss and improve quality of life through vision research that drives innovation, fosters collaboration, expands the vision workforce and educates the public and key stakeholders. NEI supports basic and clinical science programs to develop sight-saving treatments and to expand opportunities for people with visual impairments. For more information, visit



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