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PRESS RELEASE: School Receives Highly Respected Barbara Jordan Media Award

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Texas School for the Deaf Receives Highly Respected
Barbara Jordan Media Award

(AUSTIN) – Texas School for the Deaf’s (TSD) 2019-2020 annual report has been selected for a Barbara Jordan Media Award by the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities (GCPD).

The GCPD’s Barbara Jordan Media Awards program focuses on accurate and positive reporting on individuals with disabilities, using people first language and respectful depictions. A panel, including media professionals and people with disabilities, collectively score and select nominations in various categories including print feature, print pews, and photojournalism.

Shawn Saladin, TSD Governing Board Vice President who once served on the GCPD, says “this is an extreme honor for TSD.”

Known as a remarkable orator who broke barriers and built bridges, the Barbara Jordan Media Awards are named in honor of the Houston native and U.S. congresswoman who gained recognition and a place of honor in history.

TSD Superintendent, Claire Bugen, says “we aim to showcase what deaf students can achieve with a community focused on their abilities rather than their disabilities, and we are proud this achievement has been recognized.”

GCPD and the Texas A&M University Department of Communication, Journalism Studies created a virtual awards program to honor the winners and highlight their outstanding work.


The Texas School for the Deaf is the oldest continuously operating public school in Texas. Educating Texas students who are deaf and hard of hearing since 1856, the campus also provides outreach and educational resources for students, their families and professionals in the field throughout the state of Texas. With educational excellence and a strong belief in a culture and community at TSD, students form a unique identity based on their individual strengths and talents. TSD is an environment where students learn, grow, and belong. For more information about the Texas School for the Deaf, visit: http://www.tsd.state.tx.us.

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