Future Reflections Special Issue, Vol. 14 No. 2



by Sharon Maneki

The National Federation of the Blind annually recognizes an outstanding teacher of blind children at our annual convention.

(The 1996 convention will be in Anaheim, California, June 29 through July 5.) The winner of this award receives an expense-paid trip to the convention, a check for $500, a beautiful plaque, and an opportunity to make a presentation about the education of blind children to the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children, a Division of the National Federation of the Blind, early in the convention. Anyone who is currently teaching or counseling blind children or administering a program for blind children is eligible to receive this award. It is not necessary to be a member of the National Federation of the Blind to apply. However, the winner must attend the National Convention. Teachers may be nominated by colleagues, supervisors, or friends. The letter of nomination should explain why the teacher is being recommended for this award. The education of blind children is one of our most important concerns. Attendance at a National Federation of the Blind convention will enrich a teacher's experience by affording the opportunity to meet other teachers who work with blind children, to meet parents, and to meet blind adults who have had experiences in a variety of educational programs. Help us recognize a distinguished teacher by distributing this form and encouraging teachers to submit their credentials. We are pleased to offer this award and look forward to applications from many well-qualified educators.


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Name: ______________________________
Home address: ________________________
City: ___________________ State ________________ Zip: _________
Day/evening phones: ___________________
School: ____________________
Address: ________________________
City: ________________ State: ___________________ Zip: ______________
List your degrees, the institutions from which they were received, and your major area or areas of study.________________
How long and in what programs have you taught blind children?________________

In what setting do you teach? [ ] Residential school classroom [ ]Itinerant program [ ]Special education classroom [ ]Other Please explain__________________________

How many students do you teach regularly this year?__________________________

What subjects do you teach?____________

How many of your students read and write primarily using: Braille [ ] large print[ ] CCTV [ ] small print[ ] recorded materials [ ]

Please complete this application and attach your letter of nomination; one additional recommendation, written by someone who knows your work and philosophy of teaching; and a personal letter discussing your beliefs and approach to teaching blind students. You may wish to include the following topics:

What are your views on the importance to your students of Braille, large print, and magnification devices, and what issues do you consider when making recommendations about learning media for your students?

When do you recommend that your students begin the following: reading Braille, writing with a slate and stylus, using a Braille writer, and learning to travel independently with a white cane?

How should one determine which children should learn cane travel and which should not?

When should typing be introduced, and when should a child be expected to hand in typed assignments?

Send all material by May 15, 1996, to Sharon Maneki, Chairman, Teacher Award Committee, 9736 Basket Ring Road, Columbia, Maryland 21045; telephone (410) 992-9608.