This year elementary through high school students participated in the project in three separate groups. Students ages 9-13 take part in the Summer Camp for Independent Living, known as SCILS. Youth Employment Solution (YES) students work in two groups, ages 14-15 (YES 1) and 16 through high school graduation (YES 2).
The Blind Youth Audio Project was produced by Jack Straw Productions in partnership with Arts and Visually Impaired Audiences, the Washington State Department of Services for the Blind, the Washington State School for the Blind, and the Seattle Public Schools with the generous support of the City of Seattle Department of Information Technology, the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, the Rodrigues Fund, and individual contributors.
Our production team included Jack Straw audio engineers Tom Stiles and CJ Lazenby; Writer and drama coach Jesse Minkert; Vocal coaches Kim Alessi, Christine Brown, Andrew McGinn, and Meg McLynn; Musicians Paul Kikuchi, Bill Horist, Tom Fallat, and Eden Schwartz; production assistants Bob Perry and Ben Guenther; photographer Sherwin Eng; web designer Levi Fuller; and Executive Director Joan Rabinowitz.
Special thanks to Janet George, Cindy Bennett, Scott Coons, Dalton Williams, and Patch with the Washington State Department of Services for the Blind; Paul Baldwin, Lisa Hodge, Boni Moran, and Doug Trimble with the Washington State School for the Blind; Sara Zachariah, Michael Dickneite, and Joseph Skillings with the Seattle School District; and Jesse Minkert and Lynne Compton with Arts and Visually Impaired Audiences.
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