2018 Winners

The 2018 Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards, announced July 8, 2018, recognize individuals and organizations that are a positive force in the lives of blind people and whose work is advancing the ultimate goal of helping transform our dreams into reality.

The recipients represent the innovation, determination, and values of Dr. Jacob Bolotin who fought ignorance and prejudice to become the world’s first physician who was blind from birth.

You can find more information about each 2018 recipient below. You can also listen to our audio announcement which includes interviews with each winner (play WAV; 9 minutes; English).

2018 Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award winners.

Pictured above are the 2018 Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award winners; from left to right are Judy Dickson, Ski for Light; Hans Jorgen Wiberg and Christian Erfurt, Be My Eyes; Carol Begay Green; Michael McCulloch, iBug Today, Inc.; Peggy Chong; Scott Blanks and Greg Kehret, Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired of San Francisco.

Be My Eyes

  • Developers of Be My Eyes app
  • $25,000 award recipient
  • Read more about Be My Eyes

Carol Begay Green

  • Creator of the Navajo Braille code
  • $5,000 award recipient
  • Read more about Carol Begay Green

Peggy Chong

  • Creator of theblindhistorylady.com
  • $5,000 award recipient
  • Read more about Peggy Chong

iBUG Today, Inc.

  • Leaders in technology training
  • $5,000 award recipient
  • Read more about iBUG Today, Inc.

Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired of San Francisco

Ski for Light

  • Leaders in accessible fitness
  • $5,000 award recipient
  • Read more about Ski for Light

Sponsored by the Alfred & Rosalind Perlman Trust. Presented by the National Federation of the Blind.