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National Braille Press President Brian Mac Donald received Consumer Vision Magazine's Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2009. This award is given for compassion and a strong desire to help others.
In 2009, Diane Croft, National Braille Press's Vice President of Publishing, received the National Federation for the Blind's Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award for her work in publishing braille books on topics of special relevance to blind readers. This award is presented to individuals and organizations working in the field of blindness that have made outstanding contributions toward achieving the full integration of the blind into society.
In 1997, the National Association to Promote the Use of Braille (NAPUB), a division of the National Federation for the Blind, presented its most prestigious Golden Keys Award to National Braille Press. At the time, NBP was only the 3rd recipient of this award in the NAPUB's 13 year history.
The National Federation of the Blind of Massachusetts awarded National Braille Press the Employer of the Year Award in 1992 "in recognition of [our] commitment in providing employment opportunities to blind persons as all career level."
In 1991, National Braille Press received an award from Literary Market Place (LMP). The LMP Awards are awarded annually to publishers who have demonstrated "excellence and innovation" in the publishing arena and NBP was the first braille publishing house to receive this prestigious award.
In 1948, Francis B. Ierardi received the prestigious Migel Medal from the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB). According to AFB, this is "the highest honor in the blindness field," to honor professionals and volunteers whose dedication and achievements have improved the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired.
The President's Award is given exclusively by NBP's President in order to recognize remarkable individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of braille literacy through their partnership with NBP.
The Hands On! Award is given to an individual who has made a difference in the world of braille literacy and whose accomplishments have helped blind children and adults succeed in their own life. This award is given annually at the NBP gala.
Past recipients include:
This award was developed to inspire an innovator to continue the promotion of braille literacy for blind and deafblind people worldwide. The prize is granted for a new educational method, a new tactile literacy product, or a new technological advance in tactile literacy through the support of the Gibney Family Foundation.
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The Marco Polo Award was created to recognize the international efforts of individuals promoting braille literacy. Like the great explorer, recipients offer the guidance, inspiration, and knowledge necessary to build international 'bridges' that will help change literacy for blind people worldwide.
This award recognizes exceptional individual and corporate volunteers for their dedication to volunteerism for NBP as well as their philanthropic commitment to braille books for blind children and access to information for blind people.
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