AER Awards

AER Awards

AER recognizes the outstanding achievements of individuals working in our field through our biennial Awards program.

We are pleased to announce that the 2020 Call for Nominees is now open! Please consider nominating a colleague (or a chapter) that is making a difference. The submission deadline for all awards is April 15, 2020. To be eligible for consideration, all nominations must be submitted via email to [email protected] before the stated deadline. Specific criteria are noted on each individual nomination form.

The winners will receive recognition at the AER International Conference 2020 in St. Louis MO.

Alfred Allen Award                              Word    PDF

The Alfred Allen Award was established by AAWB, one of AER’s two predecessor organizations, to honor professionals who have spent their careers in direct service to people with visual impairments. Through the extent and quality of the services that they have provided, these professionals exemplify the character, dedication, insight, and sharing that epitomize the spirit of and commitment to direct service.


Ambrose M. Shotwell Award                     Word    PDF

The Ambrose M. Shotwell Memorial Award was established to honor an individual who has made significant outstanding contributions to the personal adjustment or rehabilitation of adults who are blind or visually impaired. These leadership contributions have had an impact on a national or international level through their direct effect on people with visual impairments through the insight or inspiration that they provided to rehabilitation personnel in other states or nations.


Douglas C. MacFarland Award                 Word     PDF

The Douglas C. MacFarland Award was established to honor an individual who has provided leadership in the field of blindness and visual impairment and who made innovative, significant or outstanding contributions to the education or rehabilitation of people who are visually impaired through either direct service, professional organizations, research, literature and/or preparation of professionals and is retired from the field. These contributions should have had an impact on a national or international level.


John H. McAulay Award                           Word    PDF

The John H. McAulay Award was established to honor professionals who have contributed outstanding efforts and achievements leading to the placement of people with visual impairments in productive employment.


Mary K. Bauman Award                            Word     PDF

The Mary K Bauman Award was established in 1982 in order to honor an individual who has made significant and outstanding contributions to the education of children and youth who are blind or visually impaired.


Outstanding AER Chapter Award               Word     PDF

The Outstanding Chapter Award recognizes a chapter whose membership efforts have been outstanding. Criteria can include: increase in the number of members; number and quality of services and/or programs offered by the chapter; and/or legislative activity significantly affecting the lives of blind people.


Richard L. Welsh Award                          Word    PDF

The Richard L Welsh Chapter Leadership Award was established to recognize professionals who have contributed outstanding efforts in AER chapter leadership. Nominees will demonstrate activity and achievement, either past or current, in the role of AER President-Elect, President, Past-President, Secretary, or Treasurer at the chapter level in the following areas: 1) Overall recognition as a leader who embodies and models the qualities of honesty, common sense, good decision making, communication, commitment to the field of visual impairment and blindness, and respect for diverse opinions; 2) embracing, inspiring, and motivating new membership and leadership at the Chapter level and beyond; 3) inviting collaboration to promote: leadership, membership recruitment, and member retention; and 4) Leadership that inspires joy and passion in the mentoring of new professionals in the field of visual impairment.

C. Warren Bledsoe Award                          Word    PDF

The C. Warren Bledsoe Award is given in recognition of a particularly noteworthy piece of literature in the field of blindness.