Friday, April 30, 2010

Sun Sounds 'Named Valued Community Service'

Sun Sounds of Arizona, a radio reading and information access service for people who cannot read printed material, will receive the 2010 Tempe Mayor’s Disability Award in the category of Valued Community Service from the City of Tempe Commission On Disability Concerns, in partnership with Tempe Community Council.

“Sun Sounds is a state-wide service, we are especially proud to be recognized for the service we provide to residents right here in our own backyard,” said Bill Pasco, Director of Sun Sounds of Arizona.

The Tempe Mayor’s Disability Awards honor people in the community who have overcome significant barriers to succeed in the workplace, as well as businesses who support the full participation of people with disabilities in the workplace and all aspects of community life.

Sun Sounds of Arizona serves people in Tempe and across the state of Arizona who have disabilities that make reading, holding or understanding printed material difficult. 500 volunteers across the state read from daily local and national newspapers, current periodicals, newsletters, retail and grocery ads so that people with disabilities can lead independent and self-directed lives.

Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman presented this year's awards during a ceremony on Thursday at the Pyle Adult Recreation Center in Tempe. A keynote address was delivered by Ted Telepak, Director of Vocational Rehabilitation for Gentiva Rehab Without Walls. Several outstanding student employees were recognized, as well as winners in the categories of Outstanding Employer of the Year, Outstanding Employee of the Year, and Pride of the City. Also receiving the Valued Community Service Award was Tempe resident Ed Mitchell who, in 2009, nearly single-handedly transformed the City of Tempe’s disabled parking ordinance to be more effective, efficient and accessible.

To learn more about Sun Sounds, visit