Lexington Deaf students teach Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez some ASL

Three Deaf students from the Lexington School for the Deaf in Queens, New York City met with well-known Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) while on a trip to Washington, D.C. for Close-Up last week.

Here is an Instagram video posted by AOC.


Student: How are you.

Interpreter: Can you slow down?

Student: Okay, sure. How… are… you?

AOC: How are you?

Student: I’m fine!


Alex: AOC represents New York’s 14th congressional district, which is where the Lexington School for the Deaf is in.

The Daily Moth reached out to the students’ teacher, Debra Cole, to get students to explain their experiences. Here they are!

SWAPNIL PATEL: The Close Up was hosted in Washington, D.C. for high school students who come from all over the United States. This went on for a week, from Sunday through Friday. Each day, there were different activities we did.

JORDAN LAIKRAM: Often the Senators don’t have the time to meet because they’re so busy and it’s same for House Representatives also. Instead, you can meet the staff that work for them. But we were lucky enough to meet a House Representative, AOC herself.

AHSANUR RASHID: We enjoyed talking about her views on federal issues and I was happy to teach her basic sign language. She was supportive of the deaf community and makes sure they have access to information on her Instagram page. That’s why we’re proud that she’s a House Representative of New York!


Alex: Thank you for sharing. I hope you three learned a lot on your trip.

So, if you ever bump into AOC someday, you can say, “How are you?”