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Deaf 'Dancing With the Stars' Contestant's Old Speech Teacher Sends Apology Text

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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:



The text read:

Good morning,

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:

Lead photo via DiMarco’s Instagram.

Image via Creative Commons/MDGovpics

Originally published: March 25, 2016
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