Las Vegas, Oct. 14 – Following the Democratic primary debate, Hillary Clinton greeted supporters at a watch party held at the Wynn Casino and Hotel. Also present – an ASL interpreter.
“So I requested, to provide an interpreter,” Sean Mohan, founder of the Clark County Deaf Democratic Caucus (CCDDC), said. “Of course, under the ADA law, they’re required to provide an interpreter.”
The day before the debate, Clinton Campaign Advisor Colleen Loper attended a briefing with RespectAbility where participants discussed how to make campaign events and websites more accessible for all people. The lessons learned were put into practice.
“It’s the same process we use for Spanish speakers,” Loper said. “If somebody answers the phone in Spanish, we start looking out for a Spanish speaker. We say, who speaks Spanish? So we did the same for sign.”
Supporters received an extra surprise when Clinton signed “I Love You” to the crowd.
During the debate Clinton talked about her history of helping all people get ahead in life.
“I have spent a very long time — my entire adult life — looking for ways to even the odds to help people have a chance to get ahead, and, in particular, to find the ways for each child to live up to his or her God-given potential,” Clinton said in her opening statement.
“We are really honored to have [Clinton] come here and for us to be here because CCDDC is the first in the state in Nevada for the deaf,” Mohan said. “So I really appreciate that there’s always a respect for the deaf and the hard of hearing community.”