2017 Distinguished Educator of Blind Students Award

Blind children are the future leaders of the National Federation of the Blind. Our fight for equality and excellence in education of our blind students rages on. Although the advent of accessible technology has in some ways improved our access to information in education, there is no replacement for the basic skills of blindness; Braille, cane travel, and the skills of daily living are essential elements of a proper education.

The National Federation of the Blind has developed a number of education programs through our Jernigan Institute, such as the Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning Academy (BELL), Stem 2 you, and Youth Slam. All of these programs are designed to provide opportunities for blind students to enhance their education experiences.

Each year we honor a teacher of blind students who has distinguished his or herself in the profession. A resume and letters of recommendation must accompany the application, which can be found on the NFB website. The winner of this award will receive a stipend to attend our national convention in Orlando, a commemorative plaque, the opportunity to address the National Organization of Parents of Blind Students during their annual seminar, and a check for $1,000.

All materials must be submitted to Carla McQuillan no later than May 1, 2017. Please direct any questions and/or nominations to: president@nfb-oregon.org, or call (541) 653-9153.