Carol, a teacher of the visually impaired, would use the Holman Prize to teach Braille, in the Navajo language, to blind children and adults in the Navajo Nation during a summer program that would also include life skills training.
Amanda, a computer programmer, would use the Holman Prize to expand a software program called the Muddy Map Explorer, which provides interactive, text-based geographic data for blind and low-vision users to facilitate their own travels.
Ibrahim, a student and advocate for his blind and low-vision community, would use the Holman Prize to launch an internet radio training program for the visually impaired, with the hope of launching careers in audio production.
Rachel, a psychotherapist and singer, would use the Holman Prize to travel both the United States, and around the world to countries like Russia and Tanzania, teaching pre-existing vocal choirs how to make their organizations more accessible and accommodating for blind and low-vision participants.
Adam, a musician and baseball fan, would use the Holman Prize to fund a tour with his band, Blind Adam and the Federal League, and to record a new album.
Dana, a professional singer and teacher of visually-impaired children, would use the Holman Prize to open an inclusive vocal performance school for aspiring blind and low-vision singers.
Rachel, a seasoned traveler and video blogger, would use the Holman Prize to retrace the footsteps of James Holman’s first travels across Europe, for a video series called “In the Footsteps.”
James, an artist and musician, would use the Holman Prize to travel to all 50 states, collecting short interviews for an app dedicated to hosting inspiring, encouraging and challenging content for blind people.
Shahid, currently a student at the California School for the Blind, would use the Holman Prize to build an app for street crossing for the blind and visually-impaired.
David, the President of the European Guide Dog Federation, would use the Holman Prize to establish a guide dog school in Kenya, with the hope of eventually setting up similar programs in other African countries.