DbI has four categories of awards:
- Lifetime Achievement Award
- Distinguished Service Award
- Certificate of Appreciation
- Youth Professional Leadership
At each World Conference, a Lifetime Achievement Award will be made to an Individual/Individuals who has/have made a distinguished contribution to services for people who are deafblind on a national and international level. This award is recommended to be given towards the end of one’s working life and will be given only occasionally and when deemed necessary. A statuette and certificate will be presented. The decisions will be made by the Management Committee.
DbI Lifetime Achievement Award Eligibility Requirements The Lifetime Achievement Award will be made to an individual who has made a distinguished contribution to services for people who are deafblind on a national and international level. This award is recommended to be given towards the end of one’s working life. Distinguished contributions could be in the area of: publications, research, development of new techniques or procedures, practical application of teaching techniques, training staff and parents, advocacy; and dynamic leadership.
DbI Lifetime Achievement award winners:
|Dorte Schultz Nielsen|
This award will be given more frequently than the Lifetime Achievement Award. It will be presented to people who have significantly contributed to the deafblind field, or DbI, Internationally. These awards will be presented at any Regional or World Conference.
DbI Distinguished Service Award Nominee Eligibility Requirements This award recognizes a DbI member who has significantly contributed to the deafblind field or DbI, internationally. Examples of work in the deafblind field or within DbI.
Examples of contributions when thinking about a possible nominee for the Distinguished Services Award:
1) overall professional experiences;
2) innovative practices;
3) unique or extraordinary contributions to DbI;
4) professional publications, research and/or staff training activities; 5) leadership on the international level which has promoted or improved services to deafblind individuals and their families.
DbI Distinguished Service Award winners:
|2011||Shirley Rodriguez Maia|
|2007||Penny May Kamau|
|1999||Dr. Anthony Best|
|1995||Dr. Jan van Dijk|
|1991||Dr. Edward Waterhouse|
This award will be presented to anyone who has served DbI, or the international field of deafblindness, well in any capacity. It can be issued at any time on the recommendation of a DbI Council member to the Management Committee.
DbI Certificate of Appreciation recipients:
Throughout the world organizations are having a discussion about succession planning; DbI is no exception. Many of the professionals started working with individuals who are deafblind during the Rubella Epidemic years of the 1960’s. These professionals are looking forward to retirement over the next few years. DbI decided that it was important to promote the work of younger professionals and created the DbI Young Professional Leadership Award. This award was presented for the first time in Bucharest to three outstanding women.
DbI Youth Professional Leadership recipients:
Sonja van de Molengraft