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Kansas Congressman Helps Form Congressional Deaf Caucus

December 16, 2013 in Advocacy & Access

Deaf People and a Kansas Congressman = Congressional Deaf Caucus
By Yael T. Abouhalkah, Kansas City Star 12/16/2013

U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder represents Johnson County, home of the Kansas School for the Deaf in Olathe. So it’s not surprising the conservative Republican has helped form the Congressional Deaf Caucus.

And at the inaugural meeting late last week, the caucus actually got a bit of national attention, thanks to the recent flap over the fake interpreter who appeared at a memorial for former South African President Nelson Mandela.

As he talked to the crowd, Yoder stopped and said:

“Do I need to double-check, though, that the sign language interpreter actually is an interpreter?” Yoder turned to the interpreter standing next to him, saying, “Looks like she’s legit. Okay. If she starts just making stuff up let me know.”

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