Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Sun Sounds director receives award


On July 25th Bill Pasco, Director of Sun Sounds of Arizona, will receive the 2008 Americans with Disabilities “Liberty Accessibility Advocate” award from the Arizona Disability Advocacy Coalition.

“The Liberty Accessibility Advocate award honors a community member who advocates for equal access for people with disabilities. We recognize Bill Pasco for his active involvement and broad work in promoting accessibility in our state,” says Amina Kruck, AZDAC Chair.

The Liberty Accessibility Advocate award will be presented to Pasco on Friday, July 25th in the State Capitol Towers lobby in conjunction with the 18th birthday celebration of the Americans With Disabilities Act. Governor Janet Napolitano will deliver the keynote speech, and other leaders in the disability community will be on hand to present the award. The public is invited to attend.

Pasco, Director of Sun Sounds of Arizona since 1996, is a proponent of using technology to provide wider access to information. In 1998 Sun Sounds of Arizona was the first reading service to stream their broadcast on-line. That same year Sun Sounds launched Sun Dial, an innovative touch-tone telephone system that visually impaired customers can use to surf speech-enabled websites.

Under Pasco’s leadership Sun Sounds of Arizona has won more programming awards from the International Association of Audio Information Services than any other radio reading service.

Outside his role at Sun Sounds, Bill pursues accessible technology at the national level. He helped define national standards for accessible consumer radios, and was an early tester of some of the digital technologies which will be part of the new HD radio environment including DVR style recording and time shifting for radio audiences.

Locally, Bill dedicates time each election cycle to help the Arizona Clean Elections and the Arizona Secretary of State provide accessible voter information guides through Sun Dial. He is a past Chairman of the Arizona Governor's Council on Blindness and Visual Impairment, and is recognized in the community as an accessibility resource. Bill seeks opportunities to assist organizations in fulfilling ADA requirements, and mentors and coaches other professionals in making their workplaces accessible. His message: “Make it accessible by design – not as an afterthought.”

The Liberty Accessibility award highlights Bill’s longstanding vision that, by providing every disabled person access to current information, the inability to read print will no longer be considered a disabling condition.

For accessibility information, questions for Bill, or to volunteer, donate, or refer a listener to Sun Sounds of Arizona call 480-774-8300 or 1-866-967-8300.

Heidi Capriotti
Marketing Coordinator
Sun Sounds of Arizona
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281-6950

About Sun Sounds of Arizona
Sun Sounds of Arizona, established in 1979, is a radio reading and information service for individuals who are blind or living with a disability that make it difficult or impossible to read print. It is a community outreach service with more than 500 volunteers, and is part of Rio Salado College and KJZZ with affiliate stations located in Flagstaff and Tucson. For eligible persons, Sun Sounds of Arizona is available free of charge, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week using special radios, designated cable systems, telephone and the internet.