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Apr 3, 2013 8:56 PM by Tania Shofron

Congressman Barber honored for work in mental illness

TUCSON - Congressman Ron Barber will be honored for his work to fight stigmas faced by those dealing with mental illness.

Barber will receive the Schorr Family Award for Distinguished Contribution in Furthering Public Understanding of Mental Illness in a ceremony Thursday afternoon.

During his 32-year career with the Division of Developmental Disabilities in the Arizona Department of Economic Security, Barber worked to get people with disabilities out of government-run institutions and back into their community.

On Jan. 8, 2011 Barber, the district director for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was among those shot when a gunman opened fire at a Congress On Your Corner event. Last June, Barber was sworn in to succeed Giffords in the House of Representatives and in January, he was sworn in for his first full term in Congress.

Thursday's event is from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Berger Performing Arts Center, Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, 1200 W. Speedway Blvd. It is free and open to the public.

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