Deaf model Nyle DiMarco encourages diversity within the disabled community

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Former winner of America’s Next Top Model and deaf activist Nyle DiMarco recently posted a video of an awkward experience he had with an airline. DiMarco was flying with the airline Delta when he was greeted by an odd sight upon landing. Someone was waiting for him with a wheelchair, though his disability is not related to mobility, he is not struggling with walking and he needs no wheelchair. He wrote about the incident on Twitter, accompanied by a video. ‘Not a clear video but apparently being deaf at an airport means I need a wheelchair,’ he ironized. Some defended the airline, saying it seemed like a simple, well-intentioned mistake. Others, however, criticized them for furthering the idea that having a disability automatically means immobile.‘I’m sorry that there was some confusion regarding your itinerary,’ they wrote. ‘Please follow and DM your confirmation # so that I may review and relay your experience with our leadership team.’ They also released a statement about the incident: ‘Delta apologizes for a miscommunication that resulted in this customer being offered a wheelchair upon deplaning. We are also working with our wheelchair service provider to investigate what occurred.’

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