Deaf 'Dancing With the Stars' Contestant's Old Speech Teacher Sends Apology Text
You may remember Nyle DiMarco as the first deaf contestant to appear on “America’s Next Top Model” last August. (In case you missed it, he won.) In early March, he announced he’d be competing on this season of “Dancing With the Stars,” which premiered this week.
After a stellar performance with partner Peta Murgatroyd, DiMarco shared a text on Twitter that his childhood speech teacher sent his parents:
Touching msg from my speech teacher when I was five
No wrong or right
It’s important to teach ASL& English equally pic.twitter.com/sLovDAav0T
— Nyle DiMarco (@NyleDiMarco) March 22, 2016
The text read:
I just want to tell you that your son Nyle was amazing last night on Dancing with the Stars!!! I am in awe of him.
I owe him an apology. I suggested he try hearing aids, I guess I will always be a speech teacher… Lol
But he showed me I am so wrong, he did his dancing without any difficulty.
He has become a role model for every deaf person. He showed they CAN!!! Congratulations, I have a good feeling that he can win the Mirror Ball!!!
You must be busting with proud and joy!!!
Oops pride and joy!!! Haha teachers make mistakes too!!!!
“Touching msg from my speech teacher when I was five. No right or wrong. It’s important to teach ASL (American Sign Language) & English equally,” DiMarco tweeted with the text screenshot.
Watch DiMarco’s performance below:
— Official DWTS (@DancingABC) March 22, 2016
Lead photo via DiMarco’s Instagram.