Last night, United States Association of Blind Athletes was awarded prestigious Bolotin Award at a ceremony held at at the 2015 National Federation of the Blind Convention in Orlando.
USABA Executive Director Mark Lucas accepted the award on behalf of the organization. During a brief speech, he said, “The U.S. Association of Blind Athletes shares the fundamental mission of the National Federation of the Blind, that the blind and visually impaired can ‘live the life we want’,” Lucas said after receiving the award. “It is a great honor to receive this prestigious award as it is a tribute to the rich history of the United States Association of Blind Athletes. […] USABA looks forward to an ever increasing partnership with the National Federation of the Blind from local chapters to the NFB Jernigan Institute.”
The award was first given out in 2008, and included $100,000 in prize money distributed to winners. It is named after Dr. Jacob Bolotin, the first licensed physician in the United States who was born blind. He received his medical license in the early twentieth century after having to overcome a number of prejudices about the capability of people with vision impairments. He went on to distinguish himself as a specialist in heart and lung disease.
The National Federation of the Blind is the largest organization for people with visual impairments in the United States. They have over 50,000 members, and a mission to serve the visually impaired community through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs that foster independence and self-confidence.