On Thursday, March 20, I was privileged and honored to receive a Barbara Jordan Media Award (in the Special Contribution category) for Golden Arm Media’s 2013 documentary interview, The Autistic Brain: An Interview with Dr. Temple Grandin. Joining me were Dennis Borel and William Greer of the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities, who orchestrated the interview and brought on myself and GAM as their creative partners for the project.
The BJM Awards, presented by Governor Rick Perry and the Governor’s Committee On People with Disabilities, is a yearly statewide celebration of professional media that accurately and positively reports on individuals with disabilities. The namesake is Barbara Jordan, Texas and US congresswoman, leader of the civil rights movement, and a person with a serious disability who fought for equality for all people.
It was an honor to be among so many incredible journalistic winners who told inspiring stories through writing, radio and TV/film. I was especially moved by Nikki Lyssy, a young blind woman who won in the High School category for her powerfully written article about her life-transforming experience learning to surf.
If you’d like to view the other winners, please check out the official BJMA press releasefor links to all the winning entries. I’ve also embedded our Temple Grandin interview below.
This experience has really opened my eyes to the power of media to shape our cultural understanding about disability and influence the future of our society. I’m sure that Golden Arm Media and the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities will collaborate on more films in the future!