Awards from APH
The Wings of Freedom Award is the highest honor presented by APH. Natalie Barraga was the recipient of this award in 2008.
The American Printing House for the Blind presents five major awards to deserving persons who make outstanding contributions to the field of blindness:
- Wings of Freedom Award
- Virgil Zickel Award
- Creative Use of Braille Award
- Exemplary Advocate Award
- Extra Mile Award
Wings of Freedom Award
In 2011, Ralph Brewer, Superintendent Emeritus of the Tennessee School for the Blind, received APH's highest honor, the Wings of Freedom Award. Here Brewer poses with (left) Burt Boyer (APH) and Tuck Tinsley. (Click to enlarge.)
The Wings of Freedom Award is the highest honor presented by the American Printing House for the Blind. The award is not annual, but is given periodically, only as deserved. The Wings Award was established to recognize and honor individuals who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in the areas of education or rehabilitation of persons who are blind and visually impaired.
Wings Award Recipients
- Ralph Brewer, 2011
- Phil Hatlen, 2009
- Natalie Barraga, 2008
- Arnall Patz, MD, 2006
- Naomi Tuttle, 2004
- Dean W. Tuttle, 2004
- Susan J. Spungin, 2003
- Alice M. Post, 2000
- Andrew S. Papineau, 1999
- June E. Morris, 1997
- C. Warren Bledsoe, 1995
- Fred L. Sinclair, 1993
- William H. English, 1991
- John R. Siems, 1991
2011 Wings of Freedom Award Videos
Virgil Zickel Award
In 2011, Zickel Award recipients Dr. Richard Woodcock and Dr. Lynne Jaffe pose with APH's Barbara Henderson. The award was presented for work on the landmark Woodcock-Johnson III Braille Adaptation.
APH's Virgil Zickel Award recognizes those creative and caring individuals whose ideas result in the development of innovative products designed to improve the quality of life for people who are blind and visually impaired.
Virgil Zickel was a dedicated employee of the American Printing House for the Blind for 27 years during the 1950s, '60s, and '70s. In his role as Plant Manager, he was crucial to the development and production of countless products. We are proud to bestow the Zickel Award in honor of this outstanding man whose talents were responsible for bettering the lives of countless visually impaired students and adults.
Recipients of the Zickel Award
- Woodcock-Muñoz Foundation and Lynne Jaffe for the Woodcock-Johnson III NU: Tests of Achievement Braille Adaptation, 2011
- Rebecca Burnett and LaRhea Sanford, Functional Vision/Learning Media Assessment, 2010
- Samir Azer, Azer's Interactive Periodic Table Study Set, 2009
- Millie Smith, Sensory Learning Kit, 2007
- Lois Harrell, Teaching Touch, 2006
- Billy Brookshire, Loving Me, 2003
- Josephine Stratton, On The Way To Literacy, 2001
- Patty Wheatley, Picture Maker, 2000
- Beth Langley, Individualized Systematic Assessment of Visual Efficiency (ISAVE), 2000
- Marcia Gevers, MasterPlan Calendar (now called EZ Track), 1999
- Nancy Rinker, GrandStand Reading Easel, 1999
- Alex Snow, Floppy Braille Binders, 1999
Creative Use of Braille Award
In 2011, Creative Use of Braille Award recipient Leslie Ligon holds her award for creating innovative braille jewelry.
The Creative Use of Braille Award is given in recognition of a product, idea, method, or promotional effort that increases the availability or awareness of braille. It is not given annually but only when an idea, service, or program rises to an important level.
Recipients of the Creative Use of Braille Award
- Leslie Ligon, At First Sight Braille Jewelry: 2011
- Lucky Touch Fortune Cookie Company, California School for the Blind, 2010
- Braille Institute of America for the National Braille Challenge: 2006
- Sally S. Mangold: 2003
- Abraham Nemeth: 2001
- Fred Gissoni and Wayne Thompson: 1998
- Kim Christiansen: 1996
Exemplary Advocate Award
In 2011, Tuck Tinsley (left) and Bob Brasher (right) presented the APH Exemplary Advocate Award to Rosanne Silbermann of Hunter College.
APH presents the Exemplary Advocate Award to uniquely deserving partners.
Recipients of the Exemplary Advocate Award
- Rosanne Silberman, 2011
- Jackie Denk, 2010
- Barbara Perkis, 2009
- Rod Brawley, 2002
Extra Mile Award
2012: APH Honors the Authors of Building on Patterns
Left to right: Kate Dilworth, Mila Truan, Marjorie Ward, Deanna Scoggins, Cay Holbrook, Eleanor Pester, Robin Wingell, LeAnn Alexander, Luanne Blaylock, Jo Ellen Croft. Awarded but not present: John Aicken, Cheryl Boley, Shannon Bonenberger, Kristen Buhler, Robin Finley, Lisa Goshe, Betty Modaressi, Izetta Read, Sue Schimmelpfennig
As part of the APH Annual Meeting Opening Session on Thursday, October 11, 2012, members of the Building on Patterns (BOP) team were presented with Extra Mile Awards. Bob Brasher, Vice President of Advisory Services and Research, gave a history of BOP and presented the awards. Eleanor Pester, who retired in December of 2012 after 40 plus years of service to APH and the field of blindness, and Ralph Bartley, Director of Research, introduced each recipient. Here is an excerpt from the history of BOP:
“In 2004 we brought in a group of professionals from around the country to work at APH for a week to write stories. This turned into an annual event; each summer the BOP writers—who were trained teachers of children who are blind and were working in classrooms teaching braille and reading to students—came and not only wrote the content, but planned for the work that was to be done the following school year. They have sacrificed precious free time with their families and friends to make BOP a priority. They have stayed up late at night, worked on weekends, gotten up to be prepared for weekly 7:00 a.m. teleconferences, and worked on BOP while on vacations and second honeymoons on the beaches of Hawaii. These professionals have gone the EXTRA MILE.”