Kamala Harris: GOP mocks VP comments in meeting with disability orgs – USA TODAY


Vice President Kamala Harris was mocked on Tuesday by Republicans seizing on her introduction at a roundtable for disability advocates to mark the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Harris told the group gathered at the White House that her pronouns are she and her, and she described what she was wearing. The clip went viral in conservative circles, with the Republican Party and GOP members of Congress joining in to ridicule Harris.
The vice president’s visual description was for the benefit of those who are blind or visually impaired – an effort celebrated by some advocates for people with disabilities.
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But advocates for blind people say that while the intent of such visual descriptions is to be more inclusive, the debate about using them can be complex.
The National Federation of the Blind doesn’t have a position on offering visual descriptions of people speaking in meetings but said it is a complex issue among people who are blind or visually impaired.
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Complex issue: The National Federation of the Blind does not take an official position on using visual descriptions in meetings, but the organization noted in a tweet after the White House roundtable that debate about the practice is complex.
Chris Danielsen, a spokesman for the organization, told USA TODAY that blind and visually impaired people who oppose using the descriptors argue that providing details about a speaker’s appearance can distract from making accessible meeting materials, such as handouts, slides or other presentations.

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