Dr. William Wiener, Professor in the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology, has been named a recipient of a 2011 Migel Medal by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB).
The AFB Migel Medal was established in 1937 by the late M.C. Migel, the first chairperson of AFB, to honor professionals and volunteers whose dedication and achievements have improved the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired.
Dr. Wiener, currently on sabbatical from Marquette, is serving as Dean in Residence at the Council of Graduate Schools in Washington D.C. Prior to that, he served as Vice Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School at Marquette University. He is a former President of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER), former Chairperson of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Foundation for the Blind. He holds a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, an M.A. in Rehabilitation of Persons who are Blind, and an M.A. in Speech Pathology and Audiology. Dr. Wiener served twelve years as a faculty member, and later, as a program director of blind rehabilitation at Cleveland State University. He also served fourteen years as Chairperson of the Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies at Western Michigan University. He is certified as an orientation & mobility specialist and as a rehabilitation counselor.
Dr. Wiener's contributions to the blindness field have been widely recognized. He is the recipient of AER's Ambrose Shotwell Award as well as the Lawrence E. Blaha Award and Newcomer-Hill Award presented by AER's Division of Orientation and Mobility.
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss. AFB's priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources. AFB is also proud to house the Helen Keller Archives and honor the more than forty years that Helen Keller worked tirelessly with AFB.