OXFORD -- Oxford resident Elsie Aguilar has received her high school diploma from The Hadley School for the Blind, an international distance education school based in Winnetka, Ill.
According to a press release issued by the school, Aguilar emigrated from El Salvador with her family when she was 15, hoping for a better future for herself and her family. She attended public school in Georgia and, with determination and the help of her teachers, learned English.
After a few years in public school, she enrolled in the Georgia Academy for the Blind, where she learned technology, independent living skills and some job skills, graduating with a special diploma.
Aguilar wanted to earn a high school diploma so that she could further her education and improve her chances of employment, the press release states. While enrolled at Hadley, she especially enjoyed math, Nemeth code (braille code for math and science) and English courses.
"Receiving my high school diploma from Hadley has improved my quality of life and given me more confidence," Aguilar said. "I am so grateful for the support I received at Hadley and plan to take more courses in the future."
Since the 1930s, The Hadley School for the Blind has offered a nationally-recognized. accredited high school program available to students with visual impairments age 14 and up who live in the United States. Students can earn their diploma directly from Hadley, or they can choose to graduate from their hometown high school by applying Hadley course credits toward existing schoolwork.
For more information on The Hadley School for the Blind, go to www.hadley.edu or call 800-323-4238.