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White House Hires First ASL Interpreter

The White House’s first American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter provides access to information shared from the government to the deaf and hard of hearing community. In televised White House press conferences, TV viewers can see the ASL interpreter, who is deaf, on the right-hand side of their screens. Listen to hear how interpreting White House press conferences into ASL is a team effort, and learn why many in the deaf community prefer an ASL interpreter rather than captions of spoken words.


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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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