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2018 Northwest Access Awards

Photo of crowd clappling, including waving hands applause in ASL

Photo of echo Greenlee signing in ASL with Mihwa Kim

Award Winners

Harborstone Recreational Engagement Award

Northwest Access Awards LogoThe 5th Avenue Theatre

5th Avenue included and engaged Deaf audiences in and around their production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, featuring Deaf actor Joshua Castille in the role of Quasimodo. 5th Avenue launched a targeted outreach campaign and opened its youth programming to Deaf students. Performances featured a range of accessible technologies, including open captioning, audio description, and multiple ASL-interpreted performances, ensuring their productions and programs are welcoming to people with a variety of disabilities.


5th Avenue Award Acceptance

Frances Pennell Economic Opportunity Award

Northwest Access Awards LogoHearing Loss Association of America – Washington State Association

The Hearing Loss Association was instrumental in getting coverage restored for hearing aids for adults under Apple Health, Washington State’s Medicaid. Hearing Loss Association members worked closely with numerous stakeholders and state legislators to restore this vital coverage. From January 1, 2019, thousands of Washingtonians will have newfound access to hearing aids, making a huge difference to their quality of life and their capacity to fully participate in our communities.

Cheri Perazzoli giving award honoring Hearing Loss Association of America - Washington Chapter

Innovation Award

Northwest Access Awards LogoBryce Johnson

By dismantling and soldering parts in standard Xbox controllers, Bryce Johnson began in his spare time the project that would lead to this year’s worldwide release of Microsoft’s Xbox adaptive controller. Bryce and his collaborators at and beyond Microsoft leveraged inclusive design principles to create a first-of-its-kind flexible controller that can span the range of players’ needs, ensuring that gaming can be for everyone.

Bryce Johnson accepting award with Barry Long patting Bryce on back

Best Practices Award

Northwest Access Awards LogoNorthwest Multiple Listing Service

Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NMLS) just made it significantly easier for people with disabilities to find a home that meets their needs. There used to be no central place to record or look up accessibility features of listed homes; NMLS recently updated their input and search options to include specific accessibility features, thereby setting the standard nationally for other listing services to follow.

Tom Minty and Barry presenting best practices award to Northwest Multiple Listing Service

Barry Long holding microphone for Chris Schlecky announcing Innovation Award

Picture of echo greenlee with representatives from 5th Ave Theater