NBC’s ‘Today’ show recently aired an interview with Leah Katz-Hernandez, the newly appointed White House receptionist. Katz-Hernandez interacts with senators, representatives, and anyone else who meets with the president, and manages the Roosevelt room and the White House guestbook, in addition to working with the Press Secretary. She is also happens to be deaf, and uses an interpreter to communicate. While in my opinion, Today focused excessively on their amazement that Katz-Hernandez is able to work successfully while also being deaf, the overall point they are making is important: through her work, Katz-Hernandez is proving that deaf people are capable of the same accomplishments as others who are not deaf. According to Katz-Hernandez, “It is a great responsibility to be here as a deaf person, and I feel very proud of the opportunities that have been given to me.”
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