In 1996, we established the Braille Literacy Award in honor of Estelle B. Williamson, a charter member and vibrant leader. A tireless and dedicated advocate of literacy, Estelle lost her battle with cancer on October 24, 2000.

Braille Award Frequently Asked Questions

Who may apply?

Students, current or future teachers, parents, Braille learners, readers, instructors and transcribers.

How much should I request?

Requests will be accepted up to $5,000.

How are monies from Awards used?

Awards are to advance Braille literacy for awardees and others.

See examples below:

  • Technology
    • Braille writers & embossers
    • Electronic Braille notetakers
    • Refreshable Braille keyboard or displays
    • Braille instructional materials, tools and textbooks
  • Education
    • Introduction to Braille reading and writing
    • Advanced Braille training
    • University level education Braille courses
  • Innovation
    • A Braille Storybook Collection for preschoolers.

When Should I Apply?

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To learn more, email Awards Committee Chair, Barbara Cheadle, at