Established at the 2015 ACBNY State Convention. Please click here for more information about the 2016 ACB NY Scholarship.
The Paul J. Sauerland Braille Literacy Award was established by ACBNY at its 2008 annual convention to honor the memory of our long-time member, Paul J. Sauerland, who was a lifelong champion of myriad causes promoting the health, welfare, education, vocational training, employment and rights of people who are blind or visually impaired throughout New York State and the United States. Paul was an avid and highly skilled braille reader who used braille in all aspects of his daily personal and professional life.
Nominees and recipients of this prestigious award do not need to be ACBNY members, but they must have standing to make the nomination or qualify to receive the award. Please click here for more information about the Paul J. Sauerland Braille Literacy Award.
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The M.J. Schmitt First Timers Award was established in March of 2008 by the American Council of the Blind of New York in honor of one of the founding members of the American Council of the Blind. M.J. Schmitt originally, from Rochester, New York, has dedicated her life to education, advocacy and the civil and equal rights of all people who are blind and visually impaired across America.
This award was created to recognize the lifetime commitment, grass roots advocacy, leadership and inspiration which M.J. has brought to her peers in ACB. It is the intent of this award to bring more members from across New York to ACBNY's statewide events and to give inspiration and experience to tomorrow's ACBNY leaders.
Applicants for the M.J. Schmitt Award must be ACBNY members in good standing for at least six months and must not have previously attended the ACBNY event for which they are seeking the award. Please click here for more information about the M.J. Schmitt First-Timer's Award.
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