NEW YORK (August 7, 2017)—Today, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) announced an invitation for nominations for the 2018 Migel Medals, the highest honor in the blindness field. The Migel Medal was established in 1937 by the late M.C. Migel, the first chairperson of AFB, to honor professionals and volunteers whose dedication and achievements have significantly improved the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired.

Nominees should be those whose life work affects services to people with vision loss on a national level. Prospective candidates include, but are not limited to, professionals with specific training and expertise in education, rehabilitation, technology, vision rehabilitation, personnel preparation, health, administration or related fields. They may work in the public or private sector.

Nominations for AFB's Migel Medals are due by October 15, 2017, and should be e-mailed to George Abbott, Director, AFB Press and Professional Development, at

Nominators should send a one-page description of the nominee and his/her accomplishments, or fill out our online nomination form at You must also submit two letters of recommendation with the nomination.

Past Migel Medal recipients include:


Carl R. Augusto, President and CEO of AFB (retired)
Rebecca Coakley, director of outreach at West Virginia University Eye Institute and director of the Children's Vision Rehabilitation Program


Dr. Michael Bina, President of the Maryland School for the Blind
Gordon Gund, chairman and CEO of Gund Investment Corporation and chairman and co-founder of the Foundation Fighting Blindness
Llura “Lulie” Liggett Gund, president of the New Jersey chapter of FFB, and a member of the of the national FFB founding group


Judy Brewer, director of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
Gaylen Kapperman, Ed.D., professor emeritus at Northern Illinois University.
Rosanne Silberman, Ed.D., professor of special education and coordinator of the Graduate Teacher Preparation Programs in Blindness and Visual Impairment and Severe Disabilities Including Deafblindness at Hunter College of the City University of New York.

Visit this link for a complete list of Migel recipients.


About AFB

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss. AFB's priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources. Headquartered in New York, AFB is proud to house the Helen Keller Archives and honor the more than 40 years that Helen Keller worked tirelessly with AFB.


Amanda Kolling
AFB Communications