The Carroll Center for the Blind and the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind recognize outstanding employees who are visually impaired through the annual Carroll Society Awards Ceremony. These awards recognize blind and visually impaired employees who have made significant contributions to their companies by their outstanding ability and job performance.

The Carroll Society Awards also serve as a platform to raise awareness about the importance of having an inclusive work environment. By emphasizing the competence, achievement and job diversity of the award winners, the campaign conveys a positive impression on the attitudinal barriers that often confront persons who are blind or visually impaired seeking employment or job advancement.

Individuals are chosen because, despite vision loss, they are exemplary employees and contribute to the overall culture of both their business and community. Despite the employment barriers people with disabilities face, inductees have proven their commitment to making a difference by serving as both leaders and examples for others. Each new Carroll Society inductee demonstrates the passion, professionalism, and excellence to change the perception of what it means to be blind in the workplace.


If you know of a blind or visually impaired person who demonstrates the highest degree of excellence as an employee or is successfully self-employed, we invite you to nominate them to be recognized through the Carroll Society Awards.

Please use the following guidelines when considering a nomination.

Note: Employees of The Carroll Center for the Blind or the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind are not eligible for nomination.

Nominations for the 2024 Carroll Society Awards are Now Closed. Join Us for the Awards Ceremony on June 13!

2024 Carroll Society Award Winners

Carroll Society Membership:

  • Jason Allen, New England Low Vision & Blindness
  • Katie Crocker, Polus Center for Social & Economic Development
  • Frank Antonucci, Secretary of the Commonwealth
  • Kevin Trainor, Bay State Property Management

Thomas J. Carroll Award for Employment “Blind Employee of the Year”:

  • Lorna DesRoses, Archdiocese of Boston