2017 Northwest Access Awards
Anat Caspi, Allen School’s Taskar Center for Accessible Technology
As the director of the Taskar Center at the Univ. of Wash., Anat Caspi develops and disseminates new technologies that increase independence and improve the quality of life for people with motor and speech disabilities.
Small Business Best Practices Award
Edmonds Theater is committed to making its showings as accessible as possible. In addition to providing a range of assistive devices, the theater offers a weekly open-captioned screening, making the theater easily accessible to the Deaf and hard of hearing community.
Large Business Best Practices Award
Microsoft’s new iPhone app, Seeing AI, uses computer vision to narrate the world around us. Designed for the low vision community, the app describes a scene, identifies a person, and reads text aloud. Soon, it will be able to distinguish currency.
Recreational Engagement Award
Cody Goldberg, Harper’s Playground
Together with his wife April, Cody Goldberg set about creating a playground that would be open to all children, regardless of ability. Since opening the first Harper’s Playground in Portland, Cody has been central in the accessible playground movement.
Frances Pennell Economic Opportunity Award
The DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, & Technology) Center empowers people with disabilities through technology and education, supporting students from high school through their college careers and beyond.
Ron Adams Outstanding Advocate Award
Conrad Reynoldson was the lead plaintiff in Reynoldson vs City of Seattle, which led to a landmark settlement in which the City of Seattle committed to installing over 20,000 much needed accessible curb ramps throughout the city over the next 18 years.