INSIGHT’s orientation and mobility teacher, Melissa Mabee, was honored with the Robert McCulley Rising Star Award and the agency’s youth summer program was honored with the Team Award at the annual conference of the Northeast Chapter of the Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (NE/AER) in November.
The Robert McCulley Rising Star award is named after the longtime director of UMASS Boston’s vision studies program, Bob McCulley. McCulley has significantly grown the program, which trains people to work in the vision rehabilitation field. The award recognizes a person who has been in the field for less than five years and who shows the potential to make a big impact on the field in the future.
Melissa was recognized for her work with both children and adults who are blind and visually impaired as an orientation and mobility teacher at both the Sherlock Center and IN-SIGHT. Melissa was also the co-chair of this year’s AER conference in Newport, RI.
The Team Award recognizes two or more AER members who work together on a project that significantly improves the lives of people living with vision loss. IN-SIGHT’s summer youth program, which just completed its fifth year, was recognized for its efforts to help kids and teens who are living with vision loss build their mobility, independence, and social skills.
AER is a not-for-profit membership organization dedicated exclusively to professionals who provide services to persons with vision loss. Its aim is to promote and support the professions by advocating for evidence-based practices, high quality standards, value added resources and giving voice to issues of critical importance. AER provides professional development via face-to-face conferences, virtual offerings and publications to strengthen the knowledge, skills and abilities of professionals within the field.