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Take an ASL Tour of the West Wing with the Deaf Receptionist Who Works There

Arika Okrent
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Since 2015, the position of Receptionist of the United States, or ROTUS, has been held by a Deaf woman, Leah Katz-Hernandez. After studying government at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., she worked at the Chicago office of Obama's 2012 re-election campaign and then as an assistant in the office of First Lady Michelle Obama. In her current position, she welcomes visitors to the West Wing. Learn some interesting facts about the West Wing in this American Sign Language video tour, made to mark the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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