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November 23, 2004

Sorenson Media Awarded Eagle Award from Disability Rights Advocates; Company Selected for Its Dedication to Communication Access for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Individuals

From: Business Wire (press release) - San Francisco,CA,USA - Nov 23, 2004

OAKLAND, Calif. & SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 23, 2004--Sorenson Media(R) today announced it has been awarded the prestigious 2004 Eagle Award from the Disability Rights Advocates (DRA). DRA is an 11-year-old nonprofit legal center that defends and advances the rights of people with disabilities in the areas of communication access, employment, transportation, education, health care and insurance, recreation, and housing. DRA selected Sorenson Media for its dedication to communication access for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals.

"Sorenson Media is honored to receive the DRA Eagle Award. Thousands of individuals nationwide have benefited from Sorenson Media's video communication technology. Many of the communication barriers for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community have been removed through the use of the Sorenson Video Relay Service(R) (VRS) and the Sorenson VP-100(TM) videophone. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals have been able to realize more opportunities and closer relationships with family and friends because of their newfound freedom to communicate with the hearing world," said James Lee Sorenson, CEO at Sorenson Media. "In addition, Sorenson Media employs a work force that includes a large percentage of people with disabilities. Of Sorenson Media's 750 employees and contractors, over 200 are deaf or hard-of-hearing."

"Sorenson Media has proven to be a major advocate for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community," said Larry Paradis, executive director at DRA. "We received numerous e-mail messages from the deaf community praising Sorenson Media's dedication to a state-of-the-art video relay system. In addition, we are very impressed by the large numbers of individuals with disabilities whom Sorenson Media employs and promotes to various levels of management."

DRA presents the Eagle awards to businesses and individuals who actively employ and accommodate people with disabilities or who have contributed to the advancement of people with disabilities within society. Eagles are individuals or corporations who have demonstrated progressive policies and practices or attitudes and who give people with disabilities the equal treatment they deserve.

Former winners of the Eagle Award include Microsoft Corp., Fannie Mae and the J. Paul Getty Museum. The award will be presented to Sorenson Media at the 7th Annual Americans with Disabilities Act luncheon held today in Oakland, Calif.

About Sorenson Media

Sorenson Media ( and is the recognized technology leader in video services, video compression and video communication to improve the quality of communication over the Internet. The company's products and services include the industry's highest-quality video relay service, award-winning video compression solutions, and the market-leading broadband Internet videophone technology.

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