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Jack Straw Productions/Blind Youth Audio Project

Participants in the Blind Youth Audio Project prove that disabilities don't have to limit creativity. Each summer, Jack Straw Productions—a nonprofit multidisciplinary arts center—brings visually impaired high school students to its digital audio production facility in Seattle. The kids learn about current recording and production techniques and create their own original audio programs, including radio theater and music recording projects. Jack Straw runs the program in partnership with Arts and Visually Impaired Audiences and the Washington State Department of Services for the Blind. Todd Houghton, a blind musician, composer and teaching artist, introduces students to digital workstations that feature talking computers. "If I can impart inspiration along the way and help someone realize a dream through music or technology, then I feel like I've contributed," Houghton says.