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Awards from APH

2017 Wings of Freedom Award - M. Cay Holbrook

The Wings of Freedom Award is the highest honor presented by APH. Dr. Cay Holbrook was the recipient of this award in 2017.

The American Printing House for the Blind presents six major awards to deserving persons who make outstanding contributions to the field of blindness:

Wings of Freedom Award

Cay with Wings of Freedom Award 2017

Cay Holbrook, University of British Columbia, received APH’s highest honor, the Wings of Freedom Award. Holbrook’s research and scholarship, along with her direct service teaching in personnel preparation programs, has been highly influential in the field of blindness and visual impairment.

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.

Recipients of the Wings of Freedom Award

Video of 2015 Wings of Freedom Award Recipient Carl R. August

Video of 2014 Wings of Freedom Award Recipient Lou M. Tutt

Video of 2011 Wings of Freedom Award Recipient Ralph Brewer

Introduction of Recipient Ralph Brewer (TN) by APH’s Dr. Tuck Tinsley and Burt Boyer:

Response by Recipient Ralph Brewer:

Virgil Zickel Award

group photo of Zickel Award winners

In 2016, we were proud to bestow the Zickel Award on Ann Boehm and Kay Ferrell for their work on the Boehm-3 Preschool: Test of Basic Concepts, Third Ed. and on Patricia Maffei and The Hatlen Center for their work on the Quick & Easy Expanded Core Curriculum. From left to right: Dorinda Rife (APH), Patricia Maffei (CA), Don Ouimet (CA), Ann Boehm (NY), Kay Ferrell (CO).

Portrait of Virgil ZickelAPH’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

Creative Use of Braille Award

group photo of Creative Use of Braille Award winners

In 2016, John Romeo received the Creative Use of Braille Award for creating “From Beyond the Walls,” a program which allows incarcerated men and women to make training presentations via video conferencing to national audiences attending braille conferences. From left to right: John Romeo (IA), Peggy Schuetz (CA), Vanessa Stenz (CA), Cindy Olmstead (MI), and Grant Horrocks (CA).

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

Building Independence Award

The Building Independence Award was established by APH to recognize the collaborative efforts and partnerships needed to ensure that students with vision loss have access to the unique educational tools and materials they need to reach their full potential and become independent, productive citizens.

The award was created using artwork by Kaytlyn Floyd of Waynesboro, PA, an award-winning APH InSights artist in the Grades 1-3 category. Her artwork, “My Cane as My Friend,” shows Kaytlyn holding a white cane. When developing this award, APH staff felt that the white cane is a symbol of independence that everyone, everywhere can appreciate.

Recipients of the Building Independence Award

Representative Yarmuth with 8-year-old Kaytlyn Floyd, of Waynesboro, PA, whose artwork was part of the design of the award.

APH President, Dr. Tuck Tinsley III, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, W. Barrett Nichols, present Senator McConnell with the Building Independence Award.

Exemplary Advocate Award

Rosanne Silbermann receiving her award from Tuck Tinsley and Bob Brasher

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

Extra Mile Award

group photo of Extra Mile Award winners

APH’s Ken Perry and Jeanette Wicker celebrate the success of the Orion TI-84 Plus Talking Graphing Calculator with Susan Osterhaus (TX), Peter Balyta of Texas Instruments, and Venkatesh Chari of Orbit Research. Osterhaus and Chari received APH’s Extra Mile Award for their work in developing the calculator.

APH’s Extra Mile Award was created to recognize the exceptional efforts of APH partners.

Recipients of the Extra Mile Award