2016 Northwest Access Awards
Best Practice Award
Seattle 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.
Ron Adams Outstanding Client Award
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.
Recreational Engagement Award
Vision 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.
Frances Pennell Economic Opportunity Award
Washington 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.
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.