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2014 Awards Program

2014 Awards Program Winners

Congratulations to our 2014 award winners. The awards were given to businesses, organizations and individuals who have made noteworthy efforts to include, serve, and help people with disabilities across the state.


Best Practice Award: Ark Lodge Cinemas

When members of the deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing community requested open captioning at his theater, David McRae willingly incurred the additional expenses so it was available for the premier of “the Hobbit”. He has also purchased a close captioned system and a descriptive video system for all three of his movie screens.

Innovation Award: MagicWheels

The challenge of negotiating hills, ramps, curb cuts and door thresholds in a non-motorized wheelchair is made easier with MagicWheels. Invented and manufactured locally, they were perfected with federal and state research funds. They offer self-contained 2-to-1 gearing and hill holding, all built into the wheel.

Frances Pennell Economic Opportunity Award: Caryl Wolf

Caryl Wolf volunteered her counseling and training services when the nonprofit she had been working at closed its doors. She then founded a new nonprofit – Benefits Central – and she continues to go the extra mile to guide people with disabilities who want to work and become self-sufficient.

Recreational Engagement Award: Outdoors for All

Utilizing over 700 volunteers, Outdoors for All enriches the lives of children and adults with physical, developmental, and sensory disabilities. Their all season programming offers hiking, winter sports, boating, campind and rock climbing to thousands of people with disabilities each year.

Ron Adams Outstanding Client Award: Melissa “echo” Greenlee

echo’s participation in the Washington Access Fund’s Individual Development Account program allowed her to found a web-based business: With she guides deaf and hard of hearing consumers to welcoming businesses through reviews. She helps businesses learn how to become more deaf-friendly through articles and advice.