LightHouse Partners Win Prestigious Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award

LightHouse Partners Win Prestigious Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award

LightHouse partners Mike May and Apple Inc. were awarded the Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award at the 2010 National Federation of the Blind conference on July 8 in Dallas, Texas.

Named for a pioneering blind physician who practiced in the early 20th century, the Bolotin Awards recognize individuals and organizations working in the blindness field and their outstanding contributions toward achieving the full integration of blind people into society on a basis of equality. Other recipients were Dr. Ray Kurzweil and Blackboard Learn.

“There is no higher honor than being recognized by one’s peers,” Mike May said. “It is amazing what this blind doctor accomplished in the early 1900s. Along with Ray Kurzweil, who also received the award, I find a common thread. We all believe that there is always a way if one finds the work-arounds to find the way.”

The LightHouse is proud to have worked with Mike May and Apple Inc. in the past and congratulates them on this achievement!

About the Bolotin Awards

The Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards are made possible through the generosity of his late nephew and niece. Their bequest, the Alfred and Rosalind Perlman Trust, allows the National Federation of the Blind to provide direct financial support to people and organizations that are improving the lives of the blind throughout the United States.

Dr. Bolotin lived and practiced in Chicago in the early 20th century. As chronicled in his biography, “The Blind Doctor,” by Rosalind Perlman, Bolotin fought ignorance and prejudice to gain entrance to medical school and the medical profession. He became one of the most respected physicians in Chicago during his career, which spanned from 1912 until his death in 1924. He was particularly known for his expertise in diseases of the heart and lungs.

Bolotin used his many public speaking engagements to advocate for the employment of the blind and their full integration into society. Interested in young people in general and blind youth in particular, Dr. Bolotin established the first Boy Scout troop consisting entirely of blind boys and served as its leader.