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AFB Migel Medal Awards

Call for Nominations for 2018 Migel Medals

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) announces an invitation for nominations for the 2018 Migel Medal, the highest honor in the blindness field. The Migel Medal was established in 1937 by M.C. Migel, the first chairperson of AFB, to honor those whose dedication and achievements have significantly improved the lives of people with vision loss. Past honorees include legendary disability-rights advocate, Helen Keller, Senator Tom Harkin, social entrepreneur and engineer, Jim Fruchterman, and renowned educators, Kathleen Mary Huebner, Ph.D., and Philip H. Hatlen, Ed.D.

Nominees should be those whose life work affects services to people with vision loss on a national level. Prospective candidates include, but are not limited to, professionals with specific training and expertise in education, rehabilitation, technology, vision rehabilitation, personnel preparation, health, administration or related fields. They may work in the public or private sector.

Nominations for AFB's Migel Medal are due by October 15, 2017, and should be e-mailed to George Abbott, Director, AFB Press and Professional Development, at The award will be bestowed on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at the AFB Leadership Conference being held in Oakland, California from April 4-7, 2018.

Nominators should send a one-page description of the nominee and his/her accomplishments, or fill out our online nomination form at You must also submit two letters of recommendation with the nomination.

2017 Migel Medal Award Recipients

Carl R. Augusto
Rebecca Coakley
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2016 Migel Medal Award Recipients

Michael Bina, Ed.D.
Gordon Gund
Llura “Lulie” Liggett Gund
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2015 Migel Medal Award Recipients

Judy Brewer
Gaylen Kapperman, Ed.D.
Rosanne Silberman, Ed.D.
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2014 Migel Medal Award Recipients

James Kesteloot
Oral Miller
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2013 Migel Medal Award Recipients

Kay Ferrell, Ph.D., professor of special education at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) in Greeley
Jim Fruchterman, founder, president, and CEO of Benetech

2012 Migel Medal Award Recipients

Kathleen Mary Huebner, Ph.D.
George Kerscher, Ph.D.
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For questions, please contact:

George Abbott, Director, AFB Press and Professional Development

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