Deaf History Month 2023: Leah Katz-Hernandez

Deaf History Month 2023: Leah Katz-Hernandez

Leah Katz-Hernandez: A Trailblazer for Deaf Representation

Leah Katz-Hernandez is a well-known name in the deaf community, having served as the first deaf White House receptionist under President Barack Obama. Her appointment was a historic moment for deaf representation, as it marked the first time a deaf person had held a receptionist position at the White House.

Katz-Hernandez's career has been focused on advocating for deaf rights and representation. She has worked as a sign language interpreter, a deaf liaison for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and as a disability rights advocate. In 2017, she was appointed as the Director of the Office of Accessibility at the Smithsonian Institution, where she continues to advocate for accessibility and representation for people with disabilities.

Throughout her career, Katz-Hernandez has been a vocal advocate for the importance of deaf representation and the power of deaf culture. Her work has helped to break down barriers and raise awareness of the need for accessibility and representation in all areas of society. Her story is a testament to the importance of advocating for equity and inclusion for all people.

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