The National Federation of the Blind UK has chosen Dr Sarah Morley Wilkins as this year's recipient of the 'Grimshaw Award'. This is a trophy awarded annually to someone who has made an outstanding contribution in the field of blind welfare. Sarah was nominated for:
Sarah was presented with the award on 2 October at the National Federation of the Blind UK AGM in London.
The photograph shows Sarah receiving the award: a cast bust of Louis Braille, with the names of winners engraved on silver bands around the plinth.
A panel of international judges for this high-profile award selected Sarah as Vision Pioneer of the Year for her books on Windows for blind users. The program was set up to recognise, encourage and award those who are using or developing technology to help integrate blind and visually impaired individuals into the workforce.
The photograph shows Sarah with Stevie Wonder and Paul Wahl (CEO of SAP America) at the SAP/Stevie Wonder Vision Awards, New York 1998.
These awards recognise 'excellence and innovation in the provision of information to disabled people'.
Sarah won an award for 'outstanding achievement in developing training and guidance for blind people in the use of Windows computer software' for her books and training materials on Windows 3.1 and Windows 95.
The photograph shows Sarah with her certificate at the National Information Forum 'Getting the Message Across Awards' 1998.