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2016 Northwest Access Awards

Picture of Laura Gramer, Cheri Perazzoli, Brenden Gramer, and Joe and Lindsey Klarman

Spencer Norby Tabling promoting installations of hearing loops.

Award Winners

Innovation Award

Best Practice Award

Northwest Access Awards LogoSeattle Repertory Theatre

Seattle Repertory Theatre is being recognized for its commitment to providing communication access to people with hearing loss. In the Spring of 2016, the Rep installed hearing loops in both its theatres, as well as in the box office, concierge, and lobby concessions.


Jeffery Herrmann with Seattle Rep hold his glass award


Ron Adams Outstanding Client Award

Northwest Access Awards LogoTim Carter

Tim Carter, a long-time friend and client, started his own business Nature City Photography in 2000. Tim now has his own HDR photography studio in Tacoma and volunteers with PowerCrews, helping others with disabilities start small businesses and achieve their dreams.

Picture of Tim Carter holding his award

Recreational Engagement Award

Northwest Access Awards LogoVision Loss Connections

In 2004, Patt Copeland founded Vision Loss Connections, an all-volunteer organization that creates and supports recreational and educational activities for blind and low vision Puget Sound residents such as accessible museum tours and audio-described performances at the 5th Avenue Theatre.


Patt Copeland accepting award on behalf of Vision Loss Connections

Frances Pennell Economic Opportunity Award

Northwest Access Awards LogoWashington Department of Services for the Blind

Department of Services for the Blind (DSB) continues to provide innovative employment solutions for people who are blind in Washington, including their intensive new self-employment workshops and entrepreneur opportunities.

Picture of Mark Adreon accepting award on behalf of WA's Department of Services for the Blind

Innovation Award

Northwest Access Awards LogoCaptionfish.com

Brendan Gramer and Chris Sano are the creators and developers of Captionfish.com, a captioned movies search engine that is available on the web and as an iPhone app. Captionfish lists the type of captioning available by nearby theatre and showtimes.


Picture of Brenden Gramer with his award for Captionfish

Two Guests at a table demonstrating AT for folks with vision loss

A group of dinner attendees smile for camera