On ADA’s Anniversary, Republican Lawmakers Mock Disability Accommodation

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at a February event at the White House. Republicans are criticizing his use of a visual description during a meeting with disability advocates this week. (Yuri Gripas/Abaca Press/TNS)

An effort by Vice President Kamala Harris to be accommodating to people with disabilities is drawing backlash from Republicans.

The vice president this week kicked off a meeting with disability rights advocates marking the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act by describing herself.

“I am Kamala Harris. My pronouns are ‘she’ and ‘she’. I am a woman sitting at the table wearing a blue suit,” she said.

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Visual descriptions of this nature are often used to include people who are blind or visually impaired. The introduction, however, was derided by several GOP lawmakers.

“Just when you think it can’t get any dumber,” tweeted U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, RS.C. “The American people are caring but generally not confused by the difference between a man and a woman. Political correctness dominates the Biden administration.

“But what is a woman? tweeted Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

“If you ever wonder why the left still can’t win the election despite Trumpism’s madness, save stuff like this for later reference,” tweeted Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill. “You can get mad at me, but I’m not wrong.

Harris’ introduction video was also share on Twitter by a Republican National Committee account generating a flurry of responses.

But the American Association for the Disabled has applauded the growing use of visual descriptions.

“Visual descriptions are an accessibility practice for blind and visually impaired people. We make them to make sure everyone can have a context that sighted people can understand visually,” the band said. tweeted. “We are happy to see this accessibility practice growing in government and hope to see more government leaders giving visual self-descriptions in the future!”

Harris made the comments during a meeting with five disability rights advocates on the ADA’s 32nd anniversary, where the group discussed reproductive health care.

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