Awards and Scholarship

Are you interested in nominating someone for an award, applying for our scholarship or supporting our scholarship by buying an entry to our drawing? If so, you are in the right place! Each year, the WAER recognizes accomplished individuals in the field of blindness and low vision. Additionally, we offer a $1000.00 scholarship to help support one individual who is going into the field.

Omar L. Miron Award for Excellence in Rehabilitation
The WAER Rehabilitation Award was posthumously renamed the Omar L. Miron Award in 1990 to honor a man who was committed to his profession and to providing quality services to the persons he served. This award is reserved for WAER members who have demonstrated excellence in the field of Vision Rehabilitation.

William H. English Award for Excellence in Education
The WAER Education Award was renamed the William H. English Award in the early 1990s.  William English was a leader in his profession and a life-long educator of children who are blind or visually impaired. This award is reserved for WAER members who have demonstrated excellence in education, natural leadership and outstanding enthusiasm.

WAER Special Award
The WAER Special Award is given to an individual who is not a member of AER but who has made a significant contribution to the field of blindness and visual impairments.

WAER Scholarship
Each year, WAER awards one, $1000.00 scholarship to an individual interested in entering or continuing a vocation in education, rehabilitation teaching, rehabilitation counseling, or orientation and mobility for persons with visual impairments.  WAER awards this scholarship to a student who is a Wisconsin resident or has a verifiable commitment to work in Wisconsin.

See Past Award Recipients

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