Congratulations to our 2015 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.
Small Business Best Practices Award: Lincoln Pharmacy
Lincoln Pharmacy is recognized for their complimentary delivery of prescriptions, medical equipment, and other medical supplies to Tacoma residents including seniors and individuals with disabilities.
Large Business Best Practices Award: Microsoft’s Disability Answer Desk
Microsoft’s Disability Answer Desk provides product and accessibility support to people with disabilities. Recently they expanded their services, now offering American Sign Language (ASL) technical support for deaf customers whose preferred method of communication is ASL.
Innovation Award: Ivan Owen’s co-creation of Low-cost 3D Printed Prosthetics
Ivan Owen, University of Washington, Bothell, is a self-proclaimed artist and designer. Ivan is being honored for his co-creation of the first low-cost 3D printed prosthetics. This very pioneering project was also made open source so the designs could have greater community impact.
Frances Pennell Economic Opportunity Award: Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.
Kirk Adams, President and CEO at The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc., has successfully led aggressive efforts to increase employment and advancement opportunities for individuals who are blind, DeafBlind, and blind with other disabilities in Washington and across the nation.
Recreational Engagement Award: Skihawks Racing Team
Skihawks Racing Team provides training and racing opportunities for developmentally challenged athletes in alpine, Nordic, and snowboarding winter sports. In addition to gaining self-esteem by competing in Washington Special Olympics, team members benefit from the comradery of team sports and learning good sportsmanship.
Ron Adams Outstanding Client Award: Scott Palm
Scott Palm, a WAF client since 2004, first took out a loan to found Palmtree Enterprises as a mentoring service. More recently Scott has been traveling around the state presenting Disability Awareness” How to Work Together, a program which trains caregivers from a client’s perspective.