We have 5 awards that we like to give out each year. Nominations are easy and are due September 29th, 2021.
To Make a Nomination:
- Fill out the form by clicking on the link below
- Provide at least 1 letter of support (no more than 2 pages) describing why you are nominating the person. Feel free to add any additional information that you feel will add to the description and qualifications of your nominee for the award.
- * For Dissertation of the Year: Please provide an abbreviated (No more than 25 pages) version of the dissertation for the committee. One letter of support MUST come from the advisor of the student.
*Please note that an individual may only be nominated for two consecutive years for this award.
DVIDB Distinguished Service Award
The DVIDB Distinguished Service Award is to recognize exemplary leadership and commitment to the field of education and rehabilitation of students with visual impairments and deafblindness.
Exemplary Advocate Award
The DVIDB Exemplary Advocate Award is to recognize exemplary leadership and commitment to the field of education and rehabilitation of students with visual impairments and deafblindness.
Teacher of the Year Award
The DVIDB Teacher of the Year Award honors a person who is exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable and a skilled certified Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments or Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist in any state approved or accredited day or specialized school, who serves students who are visually impaired, ages birth through 21, with or without additional disabilities.
Virginia M. Sowell Student of the Year Award
The DVIDB Virginia M. Sowell Student of the Year Award recognizes a student who demonstrates a commitment to the education and/or rehabilitation of individuals with visual impairments and deafblindness. The award was named after Dr. Virginia Sowell whose lifetime contributions to the profession impacted the lives of numerous educators and countless children and adults with visual impairments and deafblindness.
Deborah D. Hatton Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award
The DVIDB Dissertation of the Year Award is to recognize a DVIDB member who makes a significant contribution to the field through extensive study and research in their summative doctoral dissertation.
DVIDB seeks to provide $1,000 to provide support for innovative teaching practices, research, or programs for children with visual impairments. Eligible applicants must be a member of a DVIDB and work in the field of visual impairments.