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The Recognition of Excellence in Direct Service in Education is for an active professional who provides excellent direct instruction or support to children with visual impairments ages birth to 21.

The Recognition of Excellence in Direct Service in Rehabilitation
 is for an active professional who provides excellent direct rehabilitative service or support to enhance the lives of individuals with visual impairments. Accomplishments may include facilitating independence, self-advocacy, vocational and/or life goals, etc.

The Recognition of Excellence in the Field of Blindness and Visual Impairment is for a person or group who has made outstanding contributions to the field of blindness. Accomplishments may be in such areas as administration, advocacy, development of policy or curriculum, contributing to the body of knowledge with research or publications, lifetime contributions in education or rehabilitation, etc.

Friend of the Blind and Visually Impaired Community is to recognize contributions of an individual or a group affiliated with, but not primarily involved in, the education or rehabilitation of individuals with visual impairment. Accomplishments should include providing goods or services which help foster independence and self-worth within the blind and visually-impaired community. Examples may include a supermarket assisting in teaching a group class how to effectively shop, a community group donating white canes to an agency, an airline making an effort to hire blind personnel in customer service, etc.

 

Past Recipients:

2017 Winners:

Excellence in Education —¬† Karen Ehrhardt Lloyd

Excellence in Rehab Teaching —¬† Marilyn Ward-Tluszcz

Friend of Visually Impaired —¬† Joe and Barbara Staniewski

Excellence in¬†the¬†Field — J. Kirk Walter

The Recognition of Excellent Direct Service in Education is for those who provide or have provided excellent direct support or instruction to children with visual impairments ages birth to 21.

The Recognition of Excellence in the Field of Blindness and Visual Impairment is for those who have made outstanding contributions to the field of blindness. Accomplishment may be in such areas as administration, advocacy, development of policy or curriculum, contributing to the body of knowledge with research or publications, etc.

The Recognition of Excellence in Direct Service in Rehabilitation is for those who provide or have provided excellent direct rehabilitative service or support to enhance the lives of individual adults with visual impairments. Accomplishments may include facilitating their independence, self-advocacy, vocational and/or life goals, etc.

It should be noted that the nomination can only be submitted by a current DC/MD AER Chapter member. The recipient does not need to be a DC/MD AER Chapter member or an AER member. The past three years the recipients have had strong ties to the DC/MD area.

 

2016

Excellence in Education ‚Äď Ray Peloquin

Excellence in Rehab Teaching —¬†Sue Schaffer

Excellence in¬†the¬†Field —¬†Rodney Timmons/Lions Club

 

2015

Loretta McGraw – Excellence in Education

Chris Ball – Lifetime of dedication

Shirley Riffle    РRehabilitation

2014

Education: Colleen Calhoon

Rehabilitation: Tanda Hunter Payne

Overall Excellence: Lisa Wright

2013

Education: Nancy Patton

Rehabilitation: Janet Morrison

Overall Excellence: Deam Blazie

2012

Education: Ellen Croucher

Rehabilitation: Beverly Kolk

Overall Excellence: Duane Geruschat