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Governor Honors Maryland Native and Deaf Advocate Nyle DiMarco

September 7th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

Governor Larry Hogan today awarded a governor’s citation to Nyle DiMarco, recognizing his efforts on behalf of Deaf and hard of hearing children. A graduate of the Maryland School for the Deaf and Gallaudet University, DiMarco is the most recent winner of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and the CW’s America’s Next Top Model.

The event took place in the Governor’s Reception Room in the State House, where Governor Hogan was joined by the Governor’s Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing; legislators; state and county officials; students and officials from DiMarco’s alma mater, the Maryland School for the Deaf; children and parents; and Deaf and hard of hearing advocates.

Deaf since birth, DiMarco grew up in Frederick and is one of more than 25 Deaf people in his family. DiMarco recently founded the Nyle DiMarco Foundation, which encourages full and early access to both American Sign Language and English for Deaf and hard of hearing infants and children in the United States. Research shows that being bilingual — and that means being fluent in both English and American Sign Language — enhances spoken language, auditory comprehension, and academic performance.

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