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AFB Announces Call for Nominations for 2006 Migel Medals and 2006 Access Awards

NEW YORK (September 6, 2005)—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) announces the invitation for nominations for its 2006 Migel Medals and 2006 Access Awards.

Migel Medals

Established in 1937 by the late M.C. Migel, AFB's first board chairman, Migel Awards honor professionals and volunteers whose dedication and achievements have significantly improved the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired.

Nominees for the Migel Professional Award should be those whose professional work directly or indirectly benefits blind people. Potential nominees include, but are not limited to: professionals working in organizations or public institutions serving blind people; professors teaching in personnel preparation programs; and related professionals such as heads of regional libraries for blind people, or optometrists and ophthalmologists specializing in low vision patients.

Nominees for the Migel Lay Volunteer Award should be volunteers within the blindness and visual impairment field or professionals who are employed in other areas, such as university professors who develop adaptive technology.

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Access Awards

The Access Awards honor individuals, corporations, and organizations that are eliminating or substantially reducing inequities faced by people who are blind or visually impaired.

Nominations for the AFB Access Awards should illustrate an exceptional and innovative effort that has improved the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired by enhancing access to information, the environment, technology, education, or employment, including making mainstream products and services accessible. The effort should be one that has a national impact or can be a model for replication on a national level.

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Nominations for AFB's Access Awards and Migel Medals are due by September 30, 2005. Nominations for Access Awards should be e-mailed to Jacklyn Packer at jpacker@afb.net. Nominations for Migel Medals should be emailed to Gil Johnson at gil@afb.net.

The award ceremonies will take place during the 2006 Josephine L. Taylor Leadership Institute, March 3-5, 2006 at the Renaissance Atlanta Hotel Downtown in Atlanta, Georgia.

Media Contact:
Adrianna Montague-Gray
American Foundation for the Blind
212-502-7675
amontaguegray@afb.net

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