2021 AccessAbility Awards

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The Helen Keller Services AccessAbility Awards was created to recognize companies, non-profit organizations and individuals who are using their talents and resources to support individuals who are DeafBlind, blind or have low vision and make the society more accessible and inclusive through their services, practices, products and workforce diversity efforts.

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Logos of AccessAbility Award recipients

2021 AccessAbility Awards

Recognizing companies who are using their talents and resources to support the DeafBlind community

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Award Recipient: Microsoft

Jessica Rafuse, Director of Policy & Partnerships, Accessibility, accepts the award on behalf of Microsoft.

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2021 AccessAbility Award Recipient: Microsoft - Jessica Rafuse

Exceptional commitment towards accessibility when developing products and services, and by doubling down on disability inclusion throughout the company and empowering others to adopt similar best practices

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Award Recipient: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Christine Simmons, COO, accepts the award on behalf of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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2021 AccessAbility Award Recipient: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - Christine Simmons

Outstanding work in providing accessible accommodations to first-time casted DeafBlind actor Robert Tarango in the Oscar®-nominated film Feeling Through during the 93rd Oscars® ceremony

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Award Recipient: Sunrise Credit Services

Dawn Simmons, VP, and Elizabeth Vidas, Assistant VP, accept the award on behalf of Sunrise Credit Services.

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2021 AccessAbility Award Recipient: Sunrise Credit Services - Dawn Simmons & Elizabeth Vidas

Making diversity and inclusivity a priority by providing training and employment opportunities to people who are blind, DeafBlind and have low vision

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Award Recipient: UsableNet

Tanner Gers, Head of Partnerships, and Jason Taylor, Chief Innovation Officer, accept the award on behalf of UsableNet.

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2021 AccessAbility Award Recipient: UsableNet - Tanner Gers & Jason Taylor

Its work in improving website accessibility and its commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce

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Award Recipient: Be My Eyes

Christian Erfurt, CEO/ Co-founder, accepts the award on behalf of Be My Eyes.

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2021 AccessAbility Award Recipient: Be My Eyes - Christian Erfurt

Its exceptional services in making the world more accessible for people who are blind through its network of volunteers

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Stay Tuned for 2022 AccessAbility Awards

If you are interested in joining our committee or make a recommendation for 2022, contact Mary Fu at mfu@helenkeller.org.