Read: The Deaf women in Obama’s White House (via Erika Jones for BBC See Hear)

Posted on April 6, 2016

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BBC News has a fantastic article from See Hear’s Erika Jones about yesterday’s episode of See Hear, all about the Deaf women who work in the White House as part of President Obama’s administration.

In the programme and article, they explain how they got their roles, the discrimination they have faced in their lives, and how much sign language Obama knows (he certanly knows some, as shown in this viral video from 2012!).

You can watch the episode on BBC iPlayer by clicking here, and read the article by clicking here.

Extract:

Two women who are deaf have risen to prominent positions alongside Barack Obama in the White House.

Leah Katz-Hernandez, 28, is one of the first people visitors encounter when they enter the White House. Informally known as the Receptionist of the United States – or Rotus – she is the first ever deaf person to hold that position. Her desk is just steps away from the Oval Office.

“My job involves welcoming people into the West Wing on a daily basis,” she says. “Those people include the president, along with his guests and senior staff. I also welcome world leaders from other countries.”

Read the rest of the article by clicking here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/disability-35969866

 

 

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