Call for Nominations
FOR 2016-17 FAER AWARDS
The FAER Awards Committee is pleased to announce that up to ten awards will again be presented at our FAER Conference in fall of 2017. Recipients will be honored at the Conference. In order to honor Floridians who have made significant contributions to improving the lives of those who are visually impaired, nominees for the following awards are being sought:
1. The LEADERSHIP IN GOVERNMENT AWARD is for the person who has
demonstrated the greatest leadership on a federal, state, county or local level
in Florida. Activities of this person must have produced a positive impact on
the social and/or economic well-being of persons who are blind and visually
impaired in Florida. Each nomination should include a specific description of
the individual’s work and specific benefits received by persons who are blind
or visually impaired.
2. The OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT BY A BLIND PERSON AWARD is for a Floridian
who is blind or visually impaired and judged the most outstanding in personal and professional endeavors, such as career activities, family and community involvement, and membership in civic and professional organizations. Each nomination should include documentation of the individual’s work performance, volunteer work, and membership in civic and professional groups, etc.
3. The OUTSTANDING REHABILITATION PROFESSIONAL FOR THE BLIND AWARD is for the Rehabilitation or Orientation and Mobility Specialist, working primarily with
blind or visually impaired adults in Florida, who has made an outstanding
contribution in service to these individuals. Each nomination should document
the individual’s achievements in specific areas and benefits to persons who are
blind and visually impaired.
4. The OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR OF THE BLIND AWARD is for the Teacher,
Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Professor, or Administrator of Educational
Services who has made a significant impact on or contribution to teaching
blind or visually impaired children in Florida. Each nomination should include
supportive documentation of the nominee’s achievements and their effects
upon the students’ learning.
5. The MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD is for the Floridian who has made the
most outstanding medical-related contribution to the field of blindness.
Nominees may be ophthalmologists, optometrists, or any others whose medical
work has benefited persons who are blind or visually impaired. Achievement
areas may include documentation (articles, letters, etc.) describing specific
contributions and benefits to persons who are blind or visually impaired.
6. The NEWS-MEDIA AWARD is for an individual or organization involved in the
dissemination of information to the public about blindness. Nominees may
include TV and radio stations, newspapers, advertising agencies, author, etc.
Nominees will have produced or disseminated articles or programming which
enhances public awareness of issues and information concerning a person or
persons who are blind or visually impaired. Nominees should document times
and dates of programs or stories, and results of these efforts.
7. The OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT BY A PARAPROFESSIONAL AWARD is for a
person employed as a paraprofessional in work with persons who are blind or
visually impaired. Examples of such persons include program aides,
transportation workers, clerical or administrative support staff, etc. The
individual selected must have made significant contributions to programs,
activities or persons by his/her efforts and attitudes in performing his/her job
functions. Nominations should include some specific examples of activities and
their impact on programs in the field of blindness.
8. The INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD is for the Floridian whose creativity has
had the greatest impact during the previous year on the education or
rehabilitation of persons who are blind or visually impaired. Innovations may
be in service delivery systems, teaching techniques, technology curriculum,
etc. Nominations should include documentation of the innovation and its
impact on the lives of persons who are blind or visually impaired.
9. The OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER AWARD is for an individual who is working
without remuneration with persons who are blind or visually impaired. This
person must have demonstrated outstanding commitment and concern for
those with whom he/she works. Nominations should include the number of
volunteer hours, specific activities, and examples of the nominee’s
contributions to activities or to other individuals.
10. MOST PROMISING VISUALLY IMPAIRED HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR AWARD is for a
graduating High School Senior who has shown achievement through school
and community involvement and academic accomplishments as well as by
overcoming obstacles as necessary to obtain independence and self-sufficiency.
Nominations should include supportive documentation such as
letters of recommendation, awards, and grade-reports.