NE/AER Awards Descriptions

NE/AER Award of Excellence for Direct Service to Children with Visual Impairment

The recipient of this award shall be an individual whose dedicated service and innovative approach have been outstanding in the field of education of children with visual impairments. The recipient must be a current AER member, be engaged in direct service to children with visual impairment and be directly involved in activities which substantially benefit or significantly contribute to the independence of children with visual impairment.

NE/AER Award of Excellence for Direct Service to Adults with Visual Impairment

The recipient of this award shall be an individual whose dedicated service and innovative approach have been outstanding in the field of vision rehabilitation. The recipient must be a current AER member, be engaged in direct service to adults with vision impairment and be involved in activities which substantially benefit or significantly contribute to the independence of adults with visual impairment.

NE/AER Team Award

This award recognizes the work of teams of NE/AER members which substantially benefit blind and visually impaired individuals in the Northeast area. The NE/AER Team Award pays tribute to members who work together to collaborate on significant professional projects. Teams can be as small as two individuals up to any number. To qualify for nomination, either the leadership or a majority of the members of the team must be AER members. Nominations may be made by any NE/AER member, including anyone on the team being nominated. It is the responsibility of the nominator to identify (and correctly spell the name) of each team member.

Distinguished Service Award

This award recognizes contributions of an individual or a group affiliated with, but not primarily involved in the education or rehabilitation of individuals with visual impairment. NE/AER offers this award to acknowledge the critical role that affiliated services, resource individuals and support systems play in the education and rehabilitation process. Emphasis is placed upon the recipient's history of working meaningfully in collaboration and mutual support of service providers and organizations for individuals with visual impairments.

Father Carroll Award

This award recognizes exemplary performance where efforts of the individual have had a significant impact on the lives of people with visual impairment. The recipient may be a professional or volunteer with a minimum of ten years of service. The recipient must be known as outstanding and have a reputation as an innovator, a mover, a shaker, and have a positive impact on the lives of people with visual impairment. Recipient must be current AER member. (Awarded in even numbered years; however, this award will be available during the 2015 conference as we did have a conference in 2014).

Thomas Caulfield Award

This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated outstanding personal efforts in assisting persons with visual impairment to adjust to their disability and to attain responsible goals in their communities. Recipient must be a current AER member. (Awarded in odd numbered years.)

James J. Acton Memorial Award

The James J. Acton Memorial NE/AER Board Member Award, acknowledges the contributions of members of NE/AER who, through the years, have demonstrated fierce loyalty and dedication to the NE/AER mission. Nominees to receive the award must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be currently active or retired member of NE/AER.
  2. Have held membership in AER for at least fifteen years, ten of which were in NE/AER.
  3. Served on the NE/AER Board as either an elected or nonvoting member.
  4. Significantly inspired other members by actions such as presentations, writings, committee work and example.
  5. Promoted the values of our international agency, AER.

    Father Carroll Award

    This award recognizes exemplary performance where efforts of the individual have had a significant impact on the lives of people with visual impairment. The recipient may be a professional or volunteer with a minimum of ten years of service. The recipient must be known as outstanding and have a reputation as an innovator, a mover, a shaker, and have a positive impact on the lives of people with visual impairment. Recipient must be current AER member. (Awarded in even numbered years; however, this award will be available during the 2015 conference as we did have a conference in 2014).

    Thomas Caulfield Award

    This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated outstanding personal efforts in assisting persons with visual impairment to adjust to their disability and to attain responsible goals in their communities. Recipient must be a current AER member. (Awarded in odd numbered years.)

    James J. Acton Memorial Award

    The James J. Acton Memorial NE/AER Board Member Award, acknowledges the contributions of members of NE/AER who, through the years, have demonstrated fierce loyalty and dedication to the NE/AER mission. Nominees to receive the award must meet the following criteria:

    1. Be currently active or retired member of NE/AER.
    2. Have held membership in AER for at least fifteen years, ten of which were in NE/AER.
    3. Served on the NE/AER Board as either an elected or nonvoting member.
    4. Significantly inspired other members by actions such as presentations, writings, committee work and example.
    Promoted the values of our international agency, AER.


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