Former White House West Wing Receptionist and advocate for the deaf community, Ms. Leah Katz-Hernandez visited Mexico for a week of activities and advocacy. As the keynote speaker in the Educate for Life conference held in Durango on March 29 organized by the Juarez University in the State of Durango, Ms. Katz-Hernandez shared her life story as a Mexican-American growing up in a mixed hearing and deaf household, graduating from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, and eventually interning and working in the White House. She encouraged education leaders in Mexico to consider the needs and potential of all students in society. Ms. Katz-Hernandez also met with members of the deaf community in Durango as well in Monterrey and with 90 students of the English Access Microscholarship program at the binational center in Monterrey. Her visit highlighted women in the U.S. federal government, building bridges between various communities in society, and U.S. laws that have led to greater access for people with disabilities or special needs.
Photos from this U.S. Speakers program can be found here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskS8oZ2Y