In its program of promoting excellence in the state of Ohio, ACBO presents awards at its fall conference and convention to those who have distinguished themselves throughout the year to improve conditions for blind and visually impaired people.

Descriptions of Ohio Convention Awards

Each year, at the annual conference and convention of the American Council of the Blind of Ohio (ACBO), a number of awards are presented to worthy individuals and organizations. Those awards are as follows:

  1. Ken Morlock Award: Given to a person who is blind or visually impaired who has worked tirelessly and selflessly for the blind.
  2. Ruth Davidson Award: Given to a sighted person (citizen of Ohio) who has worked to enhance the lives of persons who are blind or visually impaired.
  3. Ambassador Award: Given to an ACBO member who has worked tirelessly for ACBO and the blind community.
  4. Arlene Cohen Art Of Teaching Award: Given to a blind or sighted teacher (in Ohio) of blind or visually impaired students.
  5. Media Award: Given to a person (citizen of Ohio) who has written or reported about blindness or issues that concern blind or visually impaired persons. All nominations for the Media Award must be accompanied by the article, video, or other presentation which is the basis for the nomination.
  6. Employer Of The Year Award: Given to an Ohio employer who has hired and made accommodations for employees who are blind or visually impaired.
  7. Community Service Award: Presented to a city, town, etc. for its outstanding efforts it has put forth to enhance the lives of blind or visually impaired people.

Nominations for Ohio Convention Awards

The deadline for award nominations is September 8, 2017. Letters of nomination may be mailed to the ACB-Ohio office:

3805 North High St.
Suite 305
Columbus, Ohio 43214

or sent via email to

If you need help with your submission or have questions, please contact Lori Woodall, awards committee chair, phone (513) 876-3351 or email her at

Past Award Winners