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Who Should Apply?

Individuals who:

  • Have broken down a barrier facing blind people in an innovative way.
  • Have changed negative perceptions of blindness and blind people.
  • Have challenged existing boundaries to inspire blind people to achive new heights.

Examples include developing products or techniques that increase the independence of the blind, creating and/or directing high quality programs for the blind, and mentoring or inspiring other blind people to achieve their dreams.

Individual applicants must demonstrate that the project being nominated is ongoing or has been in effect throughout a twelve-month period preceding the application date.

Applications by individuals must include at least one letter of recommendation from a person familiar with or directly affected by the work done by that individual. Individuals must be over eighteen years of age. Separate awards are established for legally blind applicants and for sighted applicants.


Applications submitted on behalf of organizations must demonstrate that the exemplary programs or services include substantial participation by blind persons as developers, mentors, administrators, or executives, and not merely as clients, consumers, or beneficiaries.

For example, an organization operating a program for blind youth might demonstrate that a substantial number of the counselors, teachers, or mentors involved in the program are blind. The organization must be able to demonstrate that its program(s) have been active within the twelve months prior to application and that a Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award will support future implementation and growth of these programs. The application must include a testimonial from at least one blind person who has benefited from the referenced programs or services.

All award recipients must be based in the United States and their work must primarily benefit the blind of the United States. Recommendations made by one or more members of the Committee, or by third parties may also be considered.

Sponsored by the Alfred & Rosalind Perlman Trust
Presented by the National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

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