In early May, TSD hosted the first-ever Deaf Austin Book Festival (DABF).
The free, two-day event, which was open to the public, brought 20 Deaf and hard-of-hearing authors from across the country to TSD for book signing, panel discussions, and informal chats.
The festival started with high school student Jayden D. reading a letter from former First Lady Laura Bush during a school-wide assembly at the R.L. Davis Auditorium. In her message, she said, "President Bush and I appreciate the Texas School for the Deaf for all that you do to help the Deaf community learn, grow, and belong. He joins me in sending our best wishes for a successful and memorable festival."
TSD students and the public were able to meet and talk with authors and ask questions about books and authoring. The festival presented a diverse selection of written works in a variety of genres that included Deaf culture and history, sci-fi, sports, travel, magic, and comic books.
A panel discussion on diversity titled "Seeking Authors of Color" brought together Deaf authors from the LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities. They spoke about their challenges growing up as a minority in a society where their groups were not represented in literature.
TSD High School English students even got to showcase their literary works at the book festival with their very own booth.
Check out the photos from the event HERE