WAER Awards

 

 

 

Omar L. Miron Award for Excellence in Rehabilitation

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 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. 

Omar Miron was also committed to his profession.  As a member of the American Association of Workers for the Blind (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 professionals updated.  He served as a mentor to numerous individuals in the field of education and rehabilitation of the blind and visually impaired.

Nominees for the Omar Miron Award must be a member of WAER, which is determined by the Awards Committee.  If someone is nominated with is a non-member, he/she will automaticaly be considered for the WAER Special Award.

Past Recipients of Omar Miron Award for Excellence in Rehabilitation

2007   Thomas Langham

2004   Kathleen Sebranek

2003   Norm Hanson

2001   Jennifer Ottowitz

2000   Ruth Silver

1995   Jane Tealey

1994   Marshall Flax

1992   Don Golembiewski

1990   Wayne Zoutendam

           Gordon Haldiman

           Larry Nyberg

           Rod Kossick

 

 

 

William H. English Award for Excellence in Education

 

The WAER Education Award was renamed the William H. English Award in the early 1990s.  William English 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 was 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 Association for the Education of the Visually Handicapped (AEVH) (nationally) as well as serving on the original COMSTOC Committee that established the original version of the National Accreditation Council (NAC) standards.  He was well regarded by his peers from around the country and was awarded 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 must be a member of WAER, which is determined by the Awards Committee. If someone is nominated with is a non-member, he/she will automaticaly be considered for the WAER Special Award.

Past Recipients of the William H. English Award for Excellence in Education

2016   Mary Wejrowski  

2010   Lori Lindsly

2007   Diane Gafney

2005   Julie Hapeman

2004   Jennifer Lopeman

2003   Peggy Trainor

2002   Samantha Hoffman

2001   Bev Helland

2000   Kathy Holcombe

1999   William Koehler

           Bill English

           Lori Loveless

           Ken Tapp

           Andy Papineau

           Tom Hanson

 

 

WAER Special Award

 

The WAER Special Award is given to an individual who is not a member of AER but who has made a significant contribution to the field.

Past Recipients of the WAER Special Award

2016   Regina Miller and Matt Flower, Environmental Educators, Milwaukee Urban Ecology Center

2012   Sister Mary Karen Oudeans

2010   Milwaukee Public Schools Physical Therapy Department

           Karen Majkrzak

           LuAnn Paepke

2007   Lyn Ayer

2004   Patrick Brown

2002   Ann Diliberti

2001   Drs. Doug and Heather Hinson

1999   Angela Zullo-Souers

           State Representative Carol Kelso

1997   Jack Malin

1990   Guy Sommers

           Pat Burmeister


 

Last Updated: August 14, 2016