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The Communities Connect Network has nominated the Edith Bishel Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired (Kennewick) and the Special Technology Access Resource Center (Seattle) for the Federal Communications Commission Chairman's Awards for Advancement in Accessibility. Here is an expert from the application:
As CCN members, the STAR and Edith Bishel Centers are part of a statewide coalition of public and private organizations supporting Washington State as a leader in digital inclusion. Both organizations have contributed to the breadth and depth of CCN services available to underserved populations throughout Washington State. In addition, their efforts to promote consumer empowerment in their respective high-need populations have led to greater access, application and adoption of technology that prior to their involvement with the CCN was not possible. Through focused efforts aimed at user empowerment, STAR and Edith Bishel Center clients have become true consumers of technology and information, enabling active participation in a number of online applications.
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will recognize winners and honorable mentions at a ceremony held in October 2012 at the FCC’s headquarters.