Awards & Recognition
There are a number of awards available to professionals in the field of visual impairments. Thank you to all who have contributed to our field! Do you know of more national awards? Please contact me so I can add them here.
By: Carmen Willings
May 27, 2019
May 27, 2019
AER recognizes the outstanding achievements of individuals working in our field through our biennial Awards program. The following are awards available from AER:
- Alfred Allen Award
- Mary K. Bauman Award
- Warren Bledsoe Award
- Douglas C. MacFarland Award
- John H. McAulay Award
- Ambrose M. Shotwell Award
- Richard L. Welsh Award
- Outstanding Chapter Award
- Wings of Freedom Award. The Wings of Freedom Award is the highest honor presented by the American Printing House for the Blind. The award is not annual, but is given periodically, only as deserved. The Wings Award was established to recognize and honor individuals who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in the areas of education or rehabilitation of persons who are blind and visually impaired.
- Virgil Zickel Award recognizes those creative and caring individuals whose ideas result in the development of innovative products designed to improve the quality of life for people who are blind and visually impaired.
- Creative Use of Braille Award is given in recognition of a product, idea, method, or promotional effort that increases the availability or awareness of braille. It is not given annually but only when an idea, service, or program rises to an important level.
- Building Independence Award was established by APH to recognize the collaborative efforts and partnerships needed to ensure that students with vision loss have access to the unique educational tools and materials they need to reach their full potential and become independent, productive citizens.
- Exemplary Advocate Award is presented to uniquely deserving partners.
- Extra Mile Award was created to recognize the exceptional efforts of APH partners.
AFB Helen Keller Achievement Awards
The Helen Keller Achievement Awards were established by AFB in 1994 to acknowledge Keller's extraordinary efforts and to promote the notable achievements of individuals and organizations that are leaders in improving the lives of people with disabilities.
AFB Migel Medal Award
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) announces an invitation for nominations for the 2019 Migel Medal, the highest honor in the blindness field. The Migel Medal was established in 1937 by M.C. Migel, the first chairperson of AFB, to honor those whose dedication and achievements have significantly improved the lives of people with vision loss. Past honorees include legendary disability-rights advocate, Helen Keller, Senator Tom Harkin, social entrepreneur and engineer, Jim Fruchterman, and renowned educators, Kathleen Mary Huebner, Ph.D., and Philip H. Hatlen, Ed.D.
NFB Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award
The Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards honor individuals and organizations that are a positive force in the lives of blind people. Winners of the Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards: Break down barriers facing blind people in an innovative way; change negative perceptions of blindness and blind people; push past existing boundaries to inspire blind people to achieve new heightsWinners receive a cash award and have included entrepreneurs, volunteers, filmmakers, authors, mathematicians, technology developers, artists, teachers, nonprofit organizations, programs, partnerships, and more.