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Date: 09/15/2017
Title: Award Nominations and Conferences this Fall

As we approach the last quarter of 2017, it is hard to believe we are in the middle of September already, there are a few deadlines looming and several activities approaching. Here we include a list of a couple of award nominations and a few activities of interest.  Act now if you want to nominate somebody for the awards or register for the activities. 

Award nominations
Drawing of a gold medal over a green pleated ribbon that forms a circular shape. 2 pieces of a red ribbon hang under the green ribbon- American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) 2018 Migel Medal
Award nominations are due by October 15, 2017.
The Miguel Medal honors professionals and volunteers whose dedication and achievements have significantly improved the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired. Visit AFB Nominations page to learn more.
- American Foundation for the Blind 2018 Corinne Kirchner Research Award
Award nominations are due on October 15, 2017.
Qualified candidates are individual researchers or research teams who have, through published work, made groundbreaking contributions to the field of blindness and low vision. The award recognizes research that employs a novel approach or investigates a new area of inquiry with the potential to impact policy or systems change. Visit Corinne Kirchner Research Award nomination page for more info. 

Conferences and other events
- National Association of the Deaf (NAD) - 2017 Leadership Training Conference
October 5-7, 2017 at The Skirvin Hilton, Oklahoma City
The conference is specifically tailored for deaf and hard of hearing individuals who wish to enhance their leadership skills for the workplace and for community involvement.  “Plenary presentations and breakout session topics will include promoting diversity and sharing of diverse viewpoints, being a change agent, staying on top of leadership trends, mentoring up and coming leaders, mastering effective communication, serving on boards, exercising fiduciary responsibility, and honing effective use of blogs and social media.” Visit the conference’s site to find more information and register. 
- Closing the Gap - 35th Annual Conference
Preconference: October 16-17, 2017 - Conference: October 18-20, 2017 - Bloomington, Minnesota
This conference is a place for people to learn about technologies used by people with disabilities in education, rehabilitation, vocation, and independent living.
Participants will have many opportunities to learn, first-hand, from experts in the field. They can network, ask questions, and experience the latest Assistive Technology products and strategies that best meet their specific needs. Visit the conference’s site for more information
October 23, 2017 at Pepco Edison Place Gallery at 702 8th St NW, Washington, D.C. 
This event will feature innovative technologies that impact the daily lives of consumers with disabilities.  In the health arena, it will show cutting-edge broadband-enabled solutions that advance the ability of persons with disabilities to fully benefit from the connected health revolution. 
- The 2017 ICT Accessibility Testing Symposium: Automated & Manual Testing, WCAG 2.1, and Beyond
Thursday October 26 & Friday October 27, 2017 - Washington DC
This symposium presents workshops, papers, and panelists from universities, government and organizations involved with accessibility.   
Track 1 of the symposium focus on Manual & Automated Web Testing. Track 2 focus is Management, Operations & Policy, and Testing of other platforms. For more information visit the Symposium’s web site