“Texas Standard” story on workers with disabilities being paid less by the state wins award

Apr 25, 2016

"Texas Standard" reporter Alain Stephens

AUSTIN, Texas – April 25, 2016 – A “Texas Standard” story on disabled workers earning pennies per hour working for the state won a Barbara Jordan Media Award in recognition of work that accurately and positively reports on individuals with disabilities.

State Pays Some Workers with Disabilities Pennies per Hour,” reported by Alain Stephens, won in the radio category in the 33rd annual Barbara Jordan Media Awards sponsored by the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities.

The story, which aired Jan. 30, 2015, examined the practice of sheltered work-shopping – a type of labor where individuals with intellectual disabilities are employed a sub-minimum wage – common at state-supported centers. Many of the contracts awarded to these centers come from government agencies and some lawmakers are working to end the practice and bring wages up.

Winners were chosen by a panel of judges, including journalists, professionals in the field of disabilities and people with disabilities.

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