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2015 Northwest Access Awards

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Photo of guests trying out a 3D printed prosthetic

Award Winners

Small Business Best Practice Award

Northwest Access Awards LogoLincoln Pharmacy

Lincoln Pharmacy is recognized for its complimentary delivery of prescriptions, medical equipment, and other medical supplies to Tacoma residents including seniors and individuals with disabilities.

David MacRae presenting award to Lincoln Pharmacy


Large Business Best Practice Award

Northwest Access Awards LogoMicrosoft’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.

Dr. Richard Ladner presenting award to Kelly Ford with Microsoft's Disability Answer Desk

Innovation Award

Northwest Access Awards LogoIvan Owen’s 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 a greater community impact.

Photo of Jim Kastema with Ivan Owen Innovation award

Frances Pennell Economic Opportunity Award

Northwest Access Awards LogoLighthouse 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.

Andrea Travis giving award to Kirk Adams with Lighthouse for the Blind

Recreational Engagement Award

Northwest Access Awards LogoSkihawks 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’s Special Olympics, team members benefit from the comradery of team sports and learning good sportsmanship.

Photo of Ms. Barry accepting award on behalf of Skihawks

Ron Adams Outstanding Client Award

Northwest Access Awards LogoScott 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 that trains caregivers from a client’s perspective.

Photo of Scott Palm and Kathy Gilman with two of Scott's guests including Chase Masterson

Photo of Cyrus Habib speaking at event

Image of Letter from Patty Murray