TEXAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF PRESS RELEASE
Contact: Gabriel Cardenas
Email: [email protected]
FOR RELEASE FEBRUARY 24, 2022
TEXAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF OPENS NEW, DEAF-SPACE DESIGNED EARLY
LEARNING AND ADMINISTRATIVE WELCOME CENTERS
Thursday, February 24, 2022
Austin, Texas – February 24, 2022 – Today at 3:00 p.m., the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) officially
opens its new toddler learning and administration welcome centers with an open house and ribbon
Part of the campus master plan, and in collaboration with Texas Facilities Commission, TSD’s
new Early Learning Center and Administrative and Welcome Center broke ground in spring 2020 after
approval by the legislature with $14.6 million in Economic Stabilization funds in 2017.
TSD’s newest construction incorporates the architectural philosophy known as DeafSpace using
deaf-friendly design principles which take into consideration sensory reach, space, proximity and
mobility, light and color, and acoustics.
While not often considered in construction or design planning, DeafSpace is important for TSD
and other places where members of the Deaf community congregate or hold meetings. DeafSpace
design promotes and encourages open communication, especially with a visual language, along with
considerations for equanimity, personal safety and well-being.
“This new campus building serves as the gateway to welcome students, parents, families and
visitors to our beautiful campus, says Claire Bugen, TSD superintendent.
"The airy and open learning, work and play spaces, along with expansive multimedia displays,
provide strong visual connections so important in our community."
WHAT: Open house & ribbon cutting for Texas School for the Deaf’s Early Learning &
Administrative Welcome Centers
WHEN: Thursday, February 24, 2022
3:15 Welcome & Opening Remarks
3:35 Ribbon cutting
3:45 Guided tours with TSD students
WHERE: Texas School for the Deaf
1102 South Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78704
MORE: Refreshments provided.
ABOUT THE TEXAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF (TSD)
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 Texas School for the Deaf, visit: www.tsd.state.tx.us.