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Improve Screen Reading Skills With Free Hadley Online Courses


Improve Screen Reading Skills With Free Hadley Online Courses

The Hadley School for the Blind offers blind and visually impaired people free online courses covering key technology topics such as how to use a screen reader.

Hadley School for the Blind

Hadley Makes Technology Training Accessible to All Computer Users:

People who are blind and visually impaired often need specialized training on the technologies that enable them to use computers.

Individuals often receive education on screen readers or video magnifiers through vocational rehabilitation agencies or state institutions serving persons with disabilities.

A more immediate and accessible option is the Hadley School for the Blind, which offers free online seminars and distance education programs.

Each year, 10,000+ students in over 100 countries and all 50 states use Hadley seminars and correspondence courses to develop their technology skills.

New Hadley Courses Designed to Improve Screen Reading Skills:

Hadley recently introduced three new courses designed to help users sharpen their screen reading skills for school and work environments. Each course includes two lessons.

  1. "Screen Readers: Listening Skills" teaches effective screen reader use while during phone conversations, such as with a client or customer.
  2. "Screen Readers: Web Browsing" provides tips for successfully navigating both accessible and inaccessible web pages.
  3. "Screen Readers: Formatting Word Documents" teaches how to write, edit, and format Word 2007 documents while using a screen reader.

Hadley Helps Blind Persons Build Business-Ready Computer & Web Skills:

Along with the three screen reading classes, Hadley offers seven additional technology courses designed to raise proficiency in essential business functions. These include:

  • Developing Your Technology Tool Kit: Presents desktop and mobile solutions focusing on applications designed specifically for the blind and visually impaired.
  • Internet Skills Diagnostic Test: Prerequisite for “Internet Basics” assesses one’s ability to use email, read web pages, and to identify and use the technology necessary to take Hadley courses.
  • Internet Basics: Teaches Internet access, common uses, and how to search for information and communicate online.
  • Internet: Beyond the Basics: Explains Internet security and shows how to use the web to do research, make travel plans, and shop.
  • Typing and Keyboarding: Focuses on the basic keys that appear on most keyboards and explains how to format lists, announcements, and letters.
  • Using Excel: Teaches how to use Microsoft Excel spreadsheets to compute, organize, and manage vital business data.
  • Word Processing: Teaches use of WordPad to create letters, memos or reports, how to modify text, and how to save, print or delete files.


In addition to its full courses, the Seminars@Hadley series provides 60 to 90 minute live webinars that often cover technology topics. Past webinars have covered:

  • Using Apple's iPhone and iTouch
  • Mobile Access and Your Adaptive Technology
  • Bookshare.org, Hadley's Virtual Library
  • Surfing the Web with Zoomtext
  • LinkedIn Using Access Technology

You can play past seminars on the Hadley website or download them as audio files to your computer.

To download a seminar, right click on the Audio Recording link, select “Save Target As” or “Save Link As” and follow the prompts.

Screen reader users can reach the Audio Recording link by pressing the Tab key.

Enrolling in Hadley Courses

To take a Hadley School class, complete and submit the enrollment application. Applying online is the quickest way, but you can also send materials in via email, postal mail, or fax.

Your application must include a copy of the Hadley Eye Report, to be filled out and signed by your medical doctor, ophthalmologist or optometrist. Vision reports by a relevant agency on letterhead are also acceptable.

For classes in the Seminars@Hadley series, register online. You must supply your first and last name and email address. Once registered, you will receive instructions on how to login to classes.

Launched in 1920, the Hadley School for the Blind promotes independent living through lifelong, distance education programs for people who are blind or visually impaired, their families and blindness service providers.

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