Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Obama picks Deaf Black Female Lawyer for White House job

The White House has a new person in the job to oversee its efforts on disability issues. Claudia Gordon moves over from the Dept of Labor where she dealt with potential discrimination by federal contractors to now work between the Obama administration and the disability community as the White House's disability liaison. Her new title is associate director in the White House Office of Public Engagement. The discrimination Gordon experienced as a deaf child in Jamaica compelled her to become a lawyer. Her family moved to the U.S. when she was a child. She attended New York's Lexington School for the Deaf where she learned sign language and later became the first deaf student to graduate from the American University's Washington College of Law. Gordon has worked for the National Association of the Deaf Law and Advocacy Center as well as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  You can learn more about Gordon at the White House website here.

47 comments:

Anonymous said...

AWESOME

Anonymous said...

Way to go, girl.

C Greene said...

Inspiring!!!! Keep on striving, you are doing amazing things :.)

Anonymous said...

I'm hearing but have a deaf grandson. So proud of her and the fact that she is in a position where she can bring the abilities of the deaf to the forefront!

Anonymous said...

congratulation elected to be deaf Black Female Lawyer. Way to go!! amazing.

Andria Alefhi said...

fantastic!

Anonymous said...

Oh great since obama already screwed up america now looking for more screw ups.

Anonymous said...

Loving it!

J.Love

Anonymous said...

Good luck Claudia on ur new job, you will be able to inspire them that Deaf people are as equal as them. Go girl go !!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Onya, mate !

Anonymous said...

My sister is deaf and I know a lot of her friends maybe she can make a difference for each and everyone of them

Anonymous said...

Why do this feel like a PR stunt... Black + Woman + Deaf...

Anonymous said...

maybe one day she'll move back here to Jamaica and help advocate for equality, non-discrimination and accessibility!

Holly O'Neill said...

"Claudia is a Special Assistant to the Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)." I like your blog on her, but there's more information you should see at the website you linked it to: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/08/30/meet-women-administration-claudia-gordon . Also of note, I found this and shared it on my facebook yesterday, as I am an RIT/NTID Interpreting program Alum; " former RIT/NTID National Advisory Group member Claudia Gordon on her appointment to the White House!
http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2013/07/17/white-house-disability-liaison/18336/ ."

Sharon Milling said...

That is awesome. I've noticed that negative posts are all anonymous. Deaf does not equal "screw up" and to say so is ignorant and offensive. As the mother of a deaf daughter, I know that the only thing she can't do is hear.

Leshell said...

So very proud! B.S.G.E. ;)

Anonymous said...

That so great! we need support for get deaf people for jobs try to difficult find a jobs who are accept for deaf people not right they not suppose insult think that they can't do anything at work. They had to alright get jobs hard work take care who had already children and bills more than etc. I hope that Obama that supports all hearing imparies for hard of hearing , deaf and blind.

Anonymous said...

Really?! Why would you say that? Donkey

Anonymous said...

Man you know what? Please tell me what important position in life you have reached! Screw your closed mindedness and screw you, because you have NO FUCKING IDEA what that lady had to endure to get that far! Also, how the hell are you gona talk down on somebody before they even get a chance to prove their worth!! So, keep your stupid rude comments to yourself you ignorant fool! One day I hope your way if thinking improves to the understanding of others abilities despite their disabilities!

Anonymous said...

I am deaf and I am a prove that given an opportunity we can expertize our skills and talents

Anonymous said...

I think its wonderful that a beautiful deaf got a really wonderful opportunity!,You notice I said WOMAN..We have to stop making a big deal out of saying things like: oh look,,I hired this black woman, or I hired this handicapped woman..We are all women, regardless of our color. It shouldn't MATTER if someone is handicapped. Lets https://www.google.com/recaptcha/api/image?c=03AHJ_VuvAP_yeh88_dwhAxja9fK5PU3AELdtQP7jaunU9nXZhCX66A-CfpvGksARbulj6F3PoyhsorgRjKr07FcG4ph-Ap03aAhiTzUdiY3pt-b3rv1cSNXnSL5cYUXsg0VVZ0GaVoU4WN-O41yPWruJi62_7Hp777Astop labeling each other. Its like the caste system in India...honest to God..we say we are all equal under Him, but were not. I do feel like Mr Obama likes to do his PR however....enough said

Anonymous said...

Wow. Some people are negative for no reason. America was in serious trouble before Bush came into office. So Obama the blame for that? Get real......

Anonymous said...

This is such AMAZING NEWS!!

This will move deaf and hard of hearing people forward in society for job placement! Organizations will now realize that people who communicate differently can still perform the same tasks!

The Man from Bear River said...

How do you contact this person and the group of lawyers that she worked with "deaf advocacy"?

Anonymous said...

What a stupid thing to say! Have you gone through law school????? I think you would have a good chance of flunking out the first day. Claudia, you will be a wonderful role model for Deaf women every where.

Anonymous said...

Wow amazing deaf black woman.

Clarkie's GiGi said...

It is amazing to me the negative comments I've seen here. This is truly an accomplishment for ANYONE, let alone a non-hearing person. We should all be proud!

Congratulations to Ms. Gordon!!!

To all of the naysayers, YOU could be deaf, or otherwise challenged, but for the grace of God. Keep your negativity to yourself!

Anonymous said...

Mazel Tov! I hope that you will work on disability issues

Anonymous said...

Mazel tov!

william Peace said...

Hope she accomplishes more than the ineffective kareem dale.

ernest bell said...

My shero, do your thang my SISTA!!!!

Anonymous said...

Awesome, awesome......really proud of you.

Anonymous said...

I know Claudia! She worked with me at the Shared Reading Project, where she taught parents and caregivers who were hearing to learn to sign children's books. She was EXCELLENT. She is smart, she is kind, and she cared about people and the world. Congratulations, Claudia!! (from David Schleper)

ascorpionprincess said...

This is great. I enjoying interpreting fir deaf ppl and my husband is deaf. The one thing that can be said about the Deaf community is that they are persistent and sticks together. So to all u ridiculous ppl who likes to get a "rise" out of negativity, you better cone bigger than this. Claudias team is bigger than gender and race she has a nation of deaf ppl and more importantly education experience and Our President of these United States. Now enough with the petty boring all too familiar and overrated nonsense.

Anonymous said...

That's weird, I emailed to the state senator and congress "ranting" about deaf people are taxation without representative in few months ago; they do not represent us that well and there are a lot of deaf issues need to be addressed. Now, we got an appointee representative for deaf people. Coincidence or they finally listened to me? Who knows. Without further ado, it's about damn time! I hope she's not biased.

Btw, I know what taxation without representative means, you don't need to define it or tell me we can vote our representative, but I'm saying that they are not properly represent us nor understand our issues, that's all.

EDUARDO BURKHART said...

OBAMA IS FOR EVERYONE'S PRESIDENT,
THANK HIM FOR OFFERING CLAUDIA THIS JOB.
TOWARD FOR EQUALITY......

EDUARDO BURKHART

Anonymous said...

Awesome. Now I really truly hope she is allowed to actually DO her job, and not be a "minority/disability/woman" token hired so "they" can pat themselves on the back and say 'what do you mean, we don't do enough for the deaf/disabled/minority/female community, see, we hired her!'

(Said by one who's been in that position before. Not sure which was worse.).

Kudos to Claudia!

Yvonne said...

Beauty and Brains. Good news - and we all need good news now. This is a trifecta: deaf, lawyer and a Jamerican. (Maybe I should put the Jamerican first). Way to go! Inspiring for all people. Forget the haters - their lives are so empty that they have nothing in it but hate. Like all of us, they need prayers, not condemnation.


Heather Peynado said...

Congratulations, Miss Claudia! As a Jamaican, residing in the USA and whose family had worked with the deaf/partially hearing in London, England, I am double-happy for this new appointment. God bless you young lady. May you gain more of His Grace and Favor as you carry out your work.

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with you Sharon. I also have a deaf daughter and she is amazing!

Kathy said...

For you haters, I have one thing to say--I feel sorry for you.

Now, back to the real news......
I think this is awesome! People with disabilities need to keep pushing for their rights and what is available to them. One of the main ones that needs more "exposure" is deaf and hard of hearing. A lot of people think it is something that happens when you are older. So not true and people need to be made aware on how big of an issue this is. It is 3rd in line for a national health issue behind Heart Disease and Arthritis. You are a perfect example of why we should not let hearing loss stop us! Good luck!!

Anonymous said...

Now it's time to email all the mayor's of this great US ...coincident or what. Thanks for your comment

Anonymous said...

I was all smiles & excited for her this morning when I read the news. I am a deaf individual with a CI & I am proud of President Obama for giving this beautiful lady a chance :-) Congrats! Go Deaf ;-)

Carolyn Lear said...

Im very proud

Anna von Steiger said...

Wow, that is super! :-D

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Mike Roberts said...

I am glad she got the job