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WAER AWARDS

 

WAER is seeking nominations for the 2016 Omar L. Miron Award, William H. English Award, and the Special Recognition Award.

Omar L. Miron Award

 

The WAER Rehabilitation Award was posthumously renamed the Omar L. Miron Award in 1990 as recommended by members of WAER and with a Proclamation of Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson. Omar Miron was a Rehabilitation Counselor for the State of Wisconsin for over 30 years (1951-1981). Prior to that, he was an instructor at the Wisconsin School for the Visually Handicapped. Letters to the WAER Board recommending the award's name change talked of Omar Miron's dedication to the field. He was described as being committed to providing quality services to his clients and seeking new jobs and new employers within the mainstream of society. He facilitated and directed the initiation of many new and innovative programs and services for the blind. He assisted clients to attain their personal, educational, employment, and independent living goals.

 

In addition to his commitment to his clients, Omar Miron was also committed to his profession. As a member of the National AAWB, he worked to establish a state chapter and served as its first president. He regularly attended professional conferences to keep up with the changes in the field and provided input on appropriate training to keep other professionals updated. He also served as a mentor to numerous individuals in the field of education and rehabilitation of the blind and visually impaired.

 

Nominees for the Omar L. Miron Award should be WAER members in good standing. Lead nominators must also be members in good standing; letters of support may be submitted by non-members.


William H. English Award

 

The WAER Education Award was renamed the William H. English Award in the early 1990's. William English had worked as an educator of children who are blind or visually impaired for many years, including his dedicated years as Superintendent of the Wisconsin School for the Visually Handicapped. In addition, Mr. English had been principal of the Ohio School for the Blind and the Virginia School for the Blind as well as a teacher at the Kentucky School for the Blind.

 

His professional leadership included a term as president of AEVH (nationally) as well as serving on the original COMSTOC Committee that established the original version of the NAC (National Accreditation Council) standards. He was also well regarded by his peers from around the country and was awarded with two of the most prestigious awards in the field; the Migel Award from the American Foundation for the Blind and the Wings of Freedom Award from the American Printing House for the Blind.

 

Nominees for the William H. English Award should be WAER members in good standing. Lead nominators must also be members in good standing; letters of support may be submitted by non-members.

 

Special Recognition Award

 

The WAER Special Recognition Award is given to an individual(s) who is not a trained in one of the blindness professional areas, but has made a significant difference in the lives of children or adults with visual impairments.

 

The lead nominator for the Special Recognition Award must be a WAER member in good standing; letters of support may be submitted by non-members.

 

 

 

2016 WAER AWARD

 

Nomination Form

 

Nominator Information

Nominator Name:

Address:

Home Phone:

Work Phone:

Email:


Nominee Information

Name of Nominee:

Place of Employment:

Address:

Home Phone:

Work Phone:


Award for which you are nominating this individual (please circle):

 

 

 


Please submit this cover page along with a letter of nomination and letters of support by April 4, 2016 (received by date).

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