[nfbmi-talk] FW: National Federation of the Blind Announces Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards

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Subject: National Federation of the Blind Announces Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards




Chris Danielsen

Director of Public Relations 

National Federation of the Blind

(410) 659-9314, extension 2330

(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

cdanielsen at nfb.org

National Federation of the Blind Announces Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards

National Federation of the Blind to Award $50,000 in 2010


Baltimore, Maryland (October 7, 2009): The National Federation of the
Blind today announced that applications are now being accepted for the
2010 Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award Program.  Each year the National Federation
of the Blind presents cash awards to individuals and organizations that
have made outstanding contributions toward achieving the full
integration of the blind into society on a basis of equality.  


Dr. Jacob Bolotin was a blind physician who lived and practiced in
Chicago in the early twentieth century.  He was widely known and
respected in Chicago and throughout the Midwest during his career, which
spanned the period from 1912 until his untimely death at the age of
thirty-six in 1924.  He was particularly recognized for his expertise on
diseases of the heart and lungs.  Bolotin used his many public speaking
engagements to advocate for the employment of the blind and their full
integration into society.  


Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind,
said: "Dr. Jacob Bolotin was a pioneer who overcame low expectations and
discrimination to become a renowned member of the medical profession
without the benefit of the support services and civil rights protections
available to blind people today.  He was also a fierce advocate for
greater opportunity for the blind in his time, and doubtless would have
been a leader in the organized blind movement had he lived to see it
come into being.  The Jacob Bolotin Award Program celebrates his
pioneering spirit by recognizing and supporting outstanding programs,
technologies, and individual efforts that promote independence and
opportunity for blind Americans."


Recipients of the 2010 Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards will be determined by
the Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award Committee of the National Federation of the
Blind.  Online applications are due by April 15, 2010.  Individuals or
organizations are encouraged to apply on behalf of themselves or others.
The award recipients will be announced at the 2010 National Federation
of the Blind Convention in Dallas.  A total of $50,000 will be
distributed to the award recipients.


The Jacob Bolotin Award Program is funded through the generosity of Dr.
Bolotin's nephew and niece, Alfred and Rosalind Pearlman.   In addition
to establishing the Alfred and Rosalind Pearlman Trust to endow the
awards, the late Mrs. Pearlman also wrote The Blind Doctor: The Jacob
Bolotin Story.   The book has been published by Blue Point Books and can
be ordered directly from the publisher at www.bluepointbooks.com.
Proceeds from book sales will also benefit the award program.  For more
information or to fill out the online application, please visit
www.nfb.org <http://www.nfb.org/> .






About the National Federation of the Blind

With more than 50,000 members, the National Federation of the Blind is
the largest and most influential membership organization of blind people
in the United States.  The NFB improves blind people's lives through
advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging
independence and self-confidence.  It is the leading force in the
blindness field today and the voice of the nation's blind.  In January
2004 the NFB opened the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan
Institute, the first research and training center in the United States
for the blind led by the blind.  Please visit our Web site: www.nfb.org
<http://www.nfb.org/> .


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