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Letter of Recommendation Form
Thank you for your support of the Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards program.
Please complete the form below to submit your letter of recommendation in support of the award nominee. Recommendations cannot exceed 800 words. You will not be able to submit your recommendation if the maximum word count exceeds 800 words.
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01/06/2024 Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards/National Federation of the Blind I am nominated for the Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award to Mr. Frank Perez Concepcion, whom I have known for twenty-two (22) years. Frank was born and raised in the beautiful coastal town of Isabela Puerto Rico where he studied primary school. In 1987 he completed his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the Interamerican University of Aguadilla, P.R. On March 17 1986 Frank began his work experience with the Department of Labor until the year 2002. In that agency, he held various positions, including reviewer of data, training officer and employment and unemployment services, coordinator, payroll officer, placement officer, and accounting clerk. It was also, under that same agency that for other purposes of God decided to make certain modifications in Frank's life, a fun day in the lives of many people. On July 4, 1995, “beach day” Frank would have to decide between living with a condition that limited him, given his desire to continue being active socially, or the acceptance of living without the sense of sight, but with the greatest desire to undertake a new challenge. Being a person full of positivity and extremely persevering among some of the favorable qualities that characterize, opt for the wisest determination, accept, and continue discovering the paths that lead to success regardless of the price, without his vision, but with the greatest desire to undertake new challenges. Starting in 1995, he began to receive services through the Vocational Rehabilitation Administration in areas such as Braille, Orientation and Mobility, Braille and Speak, a very useful tool written work for people with blindness. He also took independent living classes where he learned to perform domestic tasks. On July 23, 1999, thanks to his efforts to seek social justice for blind people he founded the National Association of the Blind to offer services and meet the needs of this population in the northwest area of Puerto Rico. Previously they had to travel and or stay in the metropolitan area to receive those services. Frank being a person who likes challenges, on October 16, 2002, was assigned to be the Northem Regional Director of the Office of the Ombudsman for people with Disabilities. I can attest to his commitment to the disabled population because, in addition to being my friend, he was my supervisor for nearly six years. Through all those years Frank, together with his work team, protected the rights of people with disabilities of all ages. Evidence of this was hundreds of claims against the Department of Education, Vocational Rehabilitation Administration, municipalities, government, and private agencies obtaining achievements in almost (13) towns from the northern area in getting access to therapies, AT equipment, accommodations, health service and removal of architectural barriers and many others. The key to obtaining these results was the leadership and passion of Frank Perez. More than making supervision duties he was involved in all the cases until he saw a positive and final resolution. We all learned from him that we have to treat each of our visitors and participants with respect, and empathy and as a family member. In 2010, Frank began as a writer and published the book titled ‘The Vision of a Blind Man’ in which he shared his life experiences in society when he became blind. This book is utilized like a textbook in the Vocational rehabilitation master from the Catholic University of Puerto Rico. In March 2014, he published his second book titled ‘The Lighthouse That Led Me to Success’ for which he was recognized in March 2016, by the International Association of Hispanic Poets and Writers. On November 13, 2015, Frank was appointed Ombudsman for Persons with Disabilities by the governor of Puerto Rico Alejandro Garcia Padilla. Frank achieved the approval of law #23 of January 2023, which guarantees that all pharmacies in Puerto Rico have the talking label service on medication bodies for the benefit of the entire blind population of Puerto Rico. We can see that Frank Perez went through a metamorphosis due to blindness which turned him into a more sensitive man with a fervent desire not to remain with his arms folded, but to serve others in a similar situation and inspire others who do not exist impossible.
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