[Nfbnet-members-list] Eleventh Annual Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards Presented at 2018 Convention
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National Federation of the Blind Awards $50,000
Eleventh Annual Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards Presented at 2018 Convention
Orlando, Florida (July 23, 2018): The National
Federation of the Blind (NFB) has presented
$50,000 in cash awards to individuals and
organizations that are a positive force in the
lives of blind people and whose work advances the
ultimate goal of helping transform their dreams
into reality. At the National Federation of the
Blind annual convention in Orlando, the eleventh
annual Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards honored six
innovators and advocates who are helping blind people live the lives they want.
Awards of $5,000 were presented to each of the
following individuals and organizations:
* Carol Begay Green of Farmington, New
Mexico, who developed a Braille code for the
Navajo language and will use the funds to teach
the code to blind students and others in the Navajo Nation.
* Peggy Chong, also known as the blind
history lady, who shares stories of notable blind
individuals throughout history through her
website, books, and articles, and who will use
the funds to take research trips to complete more of these profiles.
* IBUG (iOS Blind User group) of Houston,
Texas, a network of volunteers using both
in-person and virtual training methods to help
blind people learn to use the iPhone and other technologies.
* Ski for Light, an organization that
connects the blind, sighted, and others with
disabilities through annual cross-country skiing events.
* The Tactile Map Automation Project (TMAP)
of the Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually
Impaired of San Francisco, developers of an
automated process that can produce a tactile map
of any neighborhood in the United states from an address provided by a user.
The top award of $25,000 was presented to Be My
Eyes Inc., the Denmark-based developer of the Be
My Eyes app, which connects blind people with
sighted volunteers around the world via video
conference to provide real-time visual
assistance, such as reading labels or identifying colors.
Dr. Jacob W. Bolotin (1888-1924) was the worlds
first physician who was blind from birth. He
achieved that goal despite the tremendous
challenges faced by blind people in his time. Not
only did he realize his own dream, but he also
went on to support and inspire many others.
Dr. Jacob Bolotin was a pioneer who overcame low
expectations and discrimination to become a
renowned member of the medical profession without
the benefit of the support services and civil
rights protections available to blind people
today, said Mark Riccobono, President of the
National Federation of the Blind. The National
Federation of the Blind is proud to honor the
memory and spirit of Dr. Bolotin by recognizing
and financially supporting those individuals and
organizations who are doing exceptional work to
help achieve the shared dream of Dr. Bolotin and
the National Federation of the Blinda society in
which the blind, like all other Americans, can
pursue their goals and live the lives they want.
The Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards Program is funded
through the generosity of Dr. Bolotins nephew
and niece-in-law, Alfred and Rosalind Perlman.
The late Mrs. Perlman established the Alfred and
Rosalind Perlman Trust to endow the awards.
Income from the trust is distributed to the
National Federation of the Blind and the Santa
Barbara Foundation for the purpose of
administering the Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards
Program. For more information about the Dr. Jacob
Bolotin Awards Programincluding more about this
years winners, as well as eligibility criteria
and application proceduresplease visit
About the National Federation of the Blind
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB),
headquartered in Baltimore, is the oldest and
largest nationwide organization of blind
Americans. Founded in 1940, the NFB consists of
affiliates, chapters, and divisions in the fifty
states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico. The NFB
defends the rights of blind people of all ages
and provides information and support to families
with blind children, older Americans who are
losing vision, and more. We believe in the hopes
and dreams of blind people and work together to
transform them into reality. Learn more about our
many programs and initiatives at <http://www.nfb.org>www.nfb.org.
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
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