Alexis Ander Kashar, (left) a legal and social advocate for the deaf, was named a “2011 Women to Watch honoree” by Jewish Women’s International. Kashar was the first deaf graduate of the University of Texas School of Law. Her work has led Jewish organizations, hotels, amusement parks, drive-through restaurants, and numerous other American businesses to provide access to the deaf and hearing impaired.
She is the President of the Board of Trustees for the New York School for the Deaf and the Public Policy Chair for the National Association for the Deaf. Her volunteer work with the Jewish Deaf Resource Center led the UJA-Federation of NY to establish a deaf interpreting fund for the Jewish community.
A mother of three, she also represents children with special needs. She will be formally recognized by JWI at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 5.
Photo courtesy of JWI