Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Alliant Credit Union Foundation proudly supports The Forsythe Center for Employment and Entrepreneurship (FCE), the only business education program designed BY people with vision loss, FOR people with vision loss. The FCE addresses the 70 percent unemployment/underemployment rate among people who are blind or visually impaired. The program offers tuition-free, accessible online courses and webinars and personal, one-on-one communication with Hadley faculty, many of whom are successful businesspeople who are blind.

Alliant was one of the first supporters of this program in 2010. Since then, it has grown to serve nearly 3,000 people worldwide. With Alliant’s support, the program was expanded in 2014 when Hadley partnered with the National Association of Blind Merchants to develop curriculum for the country’s 2,100 Randolph-Sheppard vendors who operate restaurants, cafeterias and vending facilities on government property. This collaboration expanded Hadley’s reach to the largest group of blind entrepreneurs in the United States.

FCE Program Director Colleen Wunderlich says, “We are thrilled with our partnership with Alliant Credit Union Foundation. Alliant understands the importance of giving all people the education and tools they need to become financially self-sufficient.”

In 2016, thanks in part to a grant from Alliant Credit Union Foundation, Hadley offered its first New Business Venture Competition. The goal was to inspire all FCE students to prepare their business plans for review. Three winners were chosen at the final judging event in May, 2016. The winners received a cash award to help start their business.

If you know someone with vision loss who wants to improve their business skills, FCE program details are at http://www.hadley.edu/fce.asp.

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    Alliant Credit Union Foundation proudly supports The Forsythe Center for Employment and Entrepreneur...