Congratulations to the 2018 Division 3 award winners:
The Samuel Gridley Howe Award for Outstanding Practice is presented to Nathalie DeWit. She was nominated for her exemplary service to individuals with visual impairments and multiple disabilities, including DeafBlindness.
The Virginia Sowell Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Field is presented to Dr. Lauren Lieberman for her work that has supported professional practice through her work in the field.
Congratulations and thank you both for your wonderful contributions and support to our field and individuals with visual impairments and multiple disabilities, including DeafBlindness.
Dear Friends and Colleagues of the AER Multiple Disabilities & DeafBlind Division,
In preparation for the AER International Conference 2016, we are requesting your help with the biennial division awards. It is time to honor your esteemed colleagues by nominating them and recognizing their important work on behalf of individuals with DeafBlindness and multiple disabilities.
Please take a moment to think of someone who has earned your respect and the respect of the field. Nomination forms are below. The division has two awards:
The Samuel Gridley Howe Award for Outstanding Practice is presented to a member of the division who has shown exemplary service to individuals with visual impairments and multiple disabilities, including DeafBlindness.
Past Recipients of the Samuel Gridley Howe Award for Outstanding Practice
2014 – Betsy McGinnity
2012 – Bernadette Van Den Tillaart
2010 – Dawn Saunders
2008 – Jackie Brennan
2006 – Kate Moss
2004 – Mary Morse
2002 – Carolyn Monaco
2000 – Barbara McLetchie
The Virginia Sowell Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Field is presented to a member of the division who has supported professional practice through his or her work in the field.
Past Recipients of the Virginia Sowell Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Field
2014 – Ann Pilewskie
2012 – Jim Durkel
2010 – Cyrill Miller
2008 – Mike Collins
2006 – Susan Bruce
2004 – Bernadette Kappen
2002 – Millie Smith
2000 – Marianne Riggio
1998 – Rosanne Silberman
All recipients of Division Awards must meet the following criteria:
•Have a longitudinal record of work in services to children youth and/or adults with DeafBlindness/multiple disabilities. Have gained the respect of peers, professionals from other disciplines, and the families and individuals served.
•Be a member of a discipline (e.g., education, rehabilitation, medicine, social work, health-related professions, etc.) that has a direct impact on individuals with DeafBlindness/multiple disabilities.
The qualities we seek in nominees are:
•Demonstrated competence in the field.
•Development or implementation of innovative approaches in the field.
•Recognized contribution to the theory or practice of working with individuals with DeafBlindness/multiple disabilities.
•Willingness to share knowledge with others.
These awards present a rare opportunity to honor some of the most dedicated people in our field. Please take a few minutes to write a brief letter/email of nomination for someone that you know and respect.
Please send your nomination for these awards by April 15, 2016, to Chair-Elect, Kristi Probst, firstname.lastname@example.org.