The Morse Lecture in Advocacy was established in 2022 to honor those who have demonstrated leadership, raised awareness of low vision, addressed barriers, and are working to make a world where no person is limited by their sensory capacity. The Lecture is named for Dr. Alan R. Morse, Lighthouse Guild’s President Emeritus, for his years of dedicated leadership, tireless advocacy, and efforts in research, including functional implications of vision loss, communication issues in health care delivery, patient perspectives and engagement in treatment, and behavioral determinants of adherence.

The Honorable, Carolyn B. Maloney, is the recipient of the 2023 Dr. Alan R. Morse Lecture in Advocacy for People with Vision Impairment for legislation supporting people with vision challenges. Ms. Maloney, who served two New York congressional districts for over 30 years, introduced the Medicare Demonstration of Coverage for Low Vision Devices Act in 2022. She authored and passed over 80 pieces of legislation in her legislative career, including those designed to help improve the health of millions.

Past Pisart Award Recipients


Haben Girma, Human Rights Lawyer and Disability Justice Advocate

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