2017 Winners

The 2017 Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards recognize individuals and organizations that are a positive force in the lives of blind people and whose work is advancing the ultimate goal of helping transform our dreams into reality.

The recipients represent the innovation, determination, and values of Dr. Jacob Bolotin who fought ignorance and prejudice to become the world’s first physician who was blind from birth.

For more information about the 2017 winners, please read the 2017 Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards brochure (accessible PDF).

Abigail Fuller and Sarah Ivy

  • Co-Directors of Do You Dream in Color?
  • Joint $15,000 award recipients

Do You Dream in Color? is about four teenagers (Connor, Nick, Sarah, and Carina) and the educational barriers they face on the way to fulfilling their dreams.

Dr. Paul Barlett

  • Professor
  • $10,000 award recipient

Paul Barlett, PhD understands the full range of accommodations that blind students need to succeed in hard science classes such as chiropractic medicine.

Rooted in Rights, a Project of Disability Rights Washington

  • Creators of Bottom Dollars
  • $10,000 award recipient

The full-length documentary film Bottom Dollars reveals the exploitation of workers with disabilities, and shows them successfully working in competitive jobs and starting their own businesses.

National Federation of the Blind of Illinois

  • Creators of Freedom Link
  • $10,000 award recipient

The Freedom Link Project pairs blind teenagers with experienced blind adults who teach the teens how to travel to various places of interest in the Chicago area.

American Bar Association

  • Leaders in accessibility
  • $5,000 award recipient

The American Bar Association is making accessible participation an imperative for blind lawyers and for lawyers with other disabilities.

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