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ACES 2006 Free Speech Now Award

Colin Portnuff Wins Award

Each year, the ACES Free Speech Now Award is given to individuals who advance the free speech rights of Americans with significant disabilities. This year's award winner was Colin Portnuff. Mr. Portnuff, who lives with his family in Portland, Oregon, has been active in establishing the Advocacy Committee of the United States Society for Augmentataive and Alternative Communication. Mr. Portnuff has seven design patents and is co-founder and president of Island Joe's Tropical Cafe in downtown Portland. Though he was unable to accept the 2006 ACES Free Speech Now Award in person, he sent this extraordinary acceptance speech to be played during the ACES 2006 graduation.

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