AFB Announces Call for Nominations for 2007 Migel Medals and 2007 Access Awards
NEW YORK (June 27, 2006)—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) announces the invitation for nominations for its 2007 Migel Medals and 2007 Access Awards. The American Foundation for the Blind Migel Medal, the highest honor in the blindness field, was established in 1937 by the late M.C. Migel, the first chairperson of AFB, to honor professionals and volunteers whose dedication and achievements have significantly improved the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired. The Migel Medal Awards consists of two categories, the Professional Award and the Lay Volunteer Award
Professional Award nominees should be those whose career work significantly impacted 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, assistive technology, vision rehabilitation, personnel preparation, administration, or related fields. They may work in the public or private sector and their work should span several years.
Lay Volunteer Award nominees may be volunteers or employees within the blindness and visual impairment field whose efforts have supported or extended service to people with vision loss. Professionals from other disciplines may include, but are not limited to, those who develop assistive technology equipment and software, health care devices, and improved medical services.
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 with vision loss 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.
Nominations for AFB's Migel Medals and Access Awards are due by September 29, 2006. Nominations for Migel Medals should be e-mailed to Gil Johnson. Nominations for Access Awards should be e-mailed to Jacki Packer.
The award ceremonies will take place during the 2007 Josephine L. Taylor Leadership Institute, March 23-25, in Dallas, Texas. The Access Awards will take place at the AFB Center on Vision Loss and the Migel Medal Awards ceremony will take place at the Dallas-Addison Marriott Quorum by the Galleria.