Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards

The Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards honor individuals and organizations that are a positive force in the lives of blind people.

The 2018 Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award winners pose for a photo at the 2018 National Convention.Dr. Jacob W. Bolotin (1888-1924) was the world’s first physician who was blind from birth. He achieved that goal despite the tremendous challenges faced by blind people in his time. Not only did he realize his own dream, but he also went on to support and inspire many others.

Winners of the Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards:

  • Break down barriers facing blind people in an innovative way
  • Change negative perceptions of blindness and blind people
  • Push past existing boundaries to inspire blind people to achieve new heights

*Read about the 2019 Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award recipients, announced July 12.

Winners receive a cash award and have included entrepreneurs, volunteers, filmmakers, authors, mathematicians, technology developers, artists, teachers, nonprofit organizations, programs, partnerships, and more.

I have many hopes and dreams for The Blind History Lady. Some I will make come true on my own. With funds through the Jacob Bolotin Award, we can make a few more of my dreams a reality. — Peggy Chong, 2018 Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award Recipient

The awards are presented annually at our national convention in July.

The Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards are funded by the National Federation of the Blind with assistance from the Alfred and Rosalind Perlman Trust, which was created by a bequest left to the Santa Barbara Foundation and the NFB by Dr. Jacob Bolotin’s niece-in-law, author Rosalind Perlman.


The online application for the 2019 awards has closed. We will open the application for the 2020 awards November 15, 2019.

More Information

Blue badge that reads "National Federation of the Blind Bolotin Award Winner."James Gashel, Chairman
Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award Committee
Email: bolotinaward@nfb.org
Mobile: 808-234-9259
Google Voice: 970-306-9779

Sponsored by the Alfred & Rosalind Perlman Trust. Presented by the National Federation of the Blind.