Distinguished Educator of Blind Students Award Application

The National Federation of the Blind will recognize an outstanding teacher of blind students at our 2024 National Convention, taking place in Orlando Florida from July 3rd through July 8th, 2024. The winner of this award will receive the following:

  • An expense-paid trip to attend the convention
  • A check for $1,000
  • A commemorative plaque
  • A place on the agenda of the annual meeting of the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children to make a presentation regarding the education of blind children, and
  • The opportunity to attend seminars and workshops that address the current state of education of blind students, as well as a chance to meet and network with hundreds of blind individuals, teachers, parents, and other professionals in the field. 

The education of blind children is one of the National Federation of the Blind's highest priorities. We are committed to offering and supporting programs that enhance educational opportunities for this group. Please help us recognize dedicated and innovative teachers who provide quality education and meaningful experiences and opportunities for their blind students.

Q: Who is eligible for this award? 
A: Anyone who is currently a teacher, counselor, or the administrator of programs for blind students. 
Q: Does an applicant have to be a member of the National Federation of the Blind? 
A: No, but attending the 2024 Convention of the National Federation of the Blind in Orlando Florida is required. 
Q: Can I nominate someone else for this award? 
A: Yes. Applicants can be nominated by colleagues, parents, supervisors, or friends who      have first-hand knowledge of the individual’s work with blind students. 
Q: What is the deadline to submit an application or make a nomination? 
A: All applications must be received no later than May 1, 2024.

Please complete the application and attach the required documents specified in the application. If you are submitting a nomination for someone other than yourself, please answer the questions to the best of your ability. Your experience and observations of the nominee will assist the selection committee in their decision.

Questions? Contact Carla McQuillan at 541-653-9153, or by email at [email protected].

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