Diane Brauner, standing, holding her Rachel Rawls AwardWinner of the 2016 Rachel Rawls Award

It is the great pleasure of the NCAER Board to announce Diane Brauner as the winner of the 2016 Rachel Rawls Award. 


Not only has she paved the way for Teachers of the Visually Impaired, but she has gone above and beyond within her role as an Orientation and Mobility Specialist. Her passion serving the field of visual impairment extends nationally as a recognized trainer, and she is well known for giving engaging presentations. Clearly her amazing positivity and enthusiasm are contagious to those around her.


Specifically, some of her many accomplishments include collaborative work with SAS and the Computer Science Program at UNC-Chapel Hill. In addition, she manages to maintain contact with Apple employees by striving to keep the iPad accessible, useful, and highly functioning for those with Visual Impairments. Finally, she is the creator and active participant in the NC Museum of Life and Science’s annual STEM Career Day for all students with disabilities.


Though there are many, wonderful, hardworking, energetic, and innovative people in our field, we are specially blessed to have this dynamic woman and educator in NC.