Bhadresh studied Computer Science. While in college, he developed an accessible digital format for learning math. With the Holman Prize, he would create an online platform where blind people can learn this digital format.
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.
Markus, a long time practitioner of the healing arts, would use the Holman Prize to travel to China to study the healing art of chilel, and then incorporate it into his practice upon returning home.
Doug, a poet and author, would use the Holman Prize to lead a small group of DeafBlind participants to Mexico City, where they would savor the city’s exuberant culture and history.
Zahra, who is currently pursuing a degree in media studies, would use the Holman Prize to travel and meet with visually impaired students around the world, in countries including Canada, the United States and Scandinavia, in order to gather a wealth of information for a database project she is calling VIAdvisor.
Nicole, a vocational rehabilitation counselor and YouTube blogger, would use the Holman Prize to interview and adventure with blind and low-vision people in 25 different locations around the United States, compiling the experiences on her YouTube channel, “CraftyBlindChick.”
Sharyl, who is pursuing a postgraduate degree in counseling, would use the Holman Prize to produce a reality TV program in which bosses of large corporations experience simulated blindness.
Joy, a passionate advocate of assistive technology, would use the Holman Prize to attend various accessible tech conferences throughout the United States, and then implement what she has learned on travels across the world.
Christopher, an arboriculturist and tree preservationist, would use the Holman Prize to develop a horticulture curriculum for elementary school students, including giving each student tree seedlings to plant.
Robert, a writer and tactile graphics expert, would use the Holman Prize to develop a tactile Model Lending Library of 3-D printed objects, intended to provide information that could not otherwise be conveyed through braille or speech.