Deaf Nyle DiMarco mistakenly offered a wheelchair

Well, talk about mistaken identity…. err… disability! I decide to post this article because it amuses me that even on this day and age, many people are still unfamiliar with the needs and identity of the deaf people. Even a very popular deaf icon was not spared.

“Apparently being deaf at an airport means I need a wheelchair.” – Nyle DiMarco

Nyle DiMarco is a famous deaf American model, actor, and activist. In 2015, he won the reality television series America’s Next Top Model Season 22 and became the second male winner and also the first deaf winner. Then in 2016, he and professional dance partner Peta Murgatroyd won in the ABC dance competition Dancing with the Stars Season 22.

Many followers do not realize this but Nyle comes from a deaf family. Specifically, his mother Donna and father Neal Thompson are deaf. So are both of his brothers. His fraternal grandparents were also born deaf. He also does not consider himself disabled by deafness and sees his media profile as an opportunity to bring awareness to Deaf culture. He views deafness as an advantage in modeling because he is accustomed to communicating without speaking. He believes deaf actors should play deaf roles.

In October 2015, DiMarco came out as “sexually fluid” when asked during an interview with Out magazine about his sexuality. It means he belongs to the LGBTQ+ community. 

Here is the entire repost article from Teen Vogue Website:

Nyle DiMarco Said an Airline Gave Him a Wheelchair After a Flight, Seemingly Because He’s Deaf

“Apparently being deaf at an airport means I need a wheelchair.”

When Nyle got off a recent flight, he tweeted that he was greeted with a wheelchair meant to help him get through the airport. However, Nyle can get around without assistance, so why was the chair waiting for him? Nyle posited that it might be because he’s deaf. “Not a clear video but apparently being deaf at an airport means I need a wheelchair,” Nyle wrote alongside a video of him walking up to the chair and greeting the person waiting with it. This was probably some sort of mix up, but just in case it needs to be said: Being deaf doesn’t mean a person requires a wheelchair. Nyle apparently had a sense of humor about the situation, noting that the person waiting with the chair seemed to recognize the mistake.

“Y’all should’ve seen the look on the guy’s face tho lmao, he knew delta made a huge mistake 💀💀💀,” Nyle wrote in a follow-up tweet.

For their part, Delta called the whole thing a miscommunication.

But Nyle isn’t the only deaf person this has happened to. In his Twitter mentions, others said they too have been greeted by unnecessary wheelchairs from different airlines. It’s unclear how or why this happens, as airlines have different processes for disabled people to get assistance. Delta’s website states that you can request different services if you are deaf or hard of hearing, and has a separate form for wheelchair requests. Meanwhile, others who do need wheelchairs said that they have had trouble getting them upon disembarking from flights on various airlines. In fact, much has been written about the barriers people who use wheelchairs face when traveling, including damaged wheelchairs and judgment and mistreatment ambulatory wheelchair users have reported.

Delta’s mistake is one of the funnier, innocuous snafus that Nyle’s been public about, but not all situations he encounters, seemingly because he’s deaf, are so lighthearted. Nyle has opened up about having to leave movie theaters because they aren’t accessible for deaf people, called out the occasions when deafness was used as the butt of a joke, and has combatted the “inspiration porn” videos that show deaf children hearing for the first time.

Teen Vogue has reached out to Nyle to see if he has comment on the situation.

You may view the news article from this link:

Yay! First 450,000th Visits!

Yehey! I reached a new milestone in my blogging career! I reached my first 450,000th visits! Wait, there’s more! I already reached more than a decade of my blogging career!

Imagine, I have been blogging for eleven years! According to my WordPress Stats, I created this blog in March 6, 2007 when I published my own “Hello World” post.  It had only 18 views. But then I did not consider that as my real post because I was not really that serious in blogging. I made my “real” post more than a year later. I revived my blog by posting on April  27, 2008 because I want to pursue an ongoing news about deaf tourists being offloaded by a budget airline.

On that same month, I was excited to blog so I posted four more. The posts were about our school’s provincial house visits to families of our deaf students. Those were truly both fun and “pissed off” experience for me. A month afterwards, I had my first 1,000 Visits!

Actually, it’s already 452,588 views based on WordPress Stats so I am late celebrating. I have now published 413 blog posts. I also accumulated 284 email followers and 46 followers.

To my faithful readers, thank you thank you very much. Now, on to my next 500,000th visitors. 🙂


Filipino Sign Language App ready for download at Google Play

Friends, may I invite you to download and test this app in your Android Phone? I called it Filipino Sign Language (FSL) app. It was quietly released in March 17 and is now on its Version 1.5.  It’s a simple informative program that teaches how to fingerspell letters, numbers and special characters using Filipino Sign Language. I designed this as part of the instructional materials in sign language course offering of MCCID College both in classroom and soon to be online. You can download it for free at Google Play Store.

As an added feature, I included a video of the Philippine National Anthem signed by our deaf student using FSL with instructions on how to sign it. It uses the FSL font, the first and only one of its kind which was exclusively designed and distributed freely by MCCID. It upholds one of our school’s major advocacy of recognizing and spreading the use of indigenous signs.

Designing and developing android applications will also be part of our curricular offerings in the very near future. We have already introduced JavaScript programming in our program last school year and will soon add app development using Java in the coming months.

Although this app is the first full-featured app that was launched in Google Play Store and is now in Version 1.5, there will be more promising FSL apps that will come out in the future and are currently in the development stage. There are also apps that are especially developed and used by religious groups. Let us support all of them.

You may download the app by either going to Google PlayStore and search “Filipino Sign Language” or click on the image below to go directly to download page

Google Play Screen

or click on the link below from our official website using your android smart phone and install it directly.

fsl.apk file


This latest release was updated based on users’ feedbacks. This update includes:

  • adding exit button on every page when back pressed
  • modified the fonts used in images for clearer view
  • converted images into labels
  • added captions on Philippine National Anthem video with instructions on how to sign.

Feel free to make comments and suggestions on how to improve the app. Thanks!!!




Deaf man, sign language teacher form lasting bond

Belated Happy Valentine’s Day to all my readers! Sorry for not blogging for more than a month now.

Today, may I share with you a post-Valentine love story of a deaf man and his sign language teacher which was published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer? I know personally the lady teacher here, Mrs. Beatriz Go.

More fondly called as Ma’am Beth in the deaf community, she has been one of my wonderful inspirations in the deaf world and at the same time belongs to one of those looked up pillars in Filipino Deaf education. Although she did not became my sign language mentor, her awesome dedication to the teaching of sign language manifests as the long-time coordinator of Philippine Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (PRID), a pioneering sign language training institution in the country.

As one of the products of PRID and was recently awarded as one of its Outstanding Graduates, I have observed her caring for the welfare of sign language. Well enough about me. I have re-posted the article below written by Jodee Agoncillo. To Ma’am Beth, you are truly an amazing woman. So guys! Be inspired. Be very inspired. 🙂

Love story beyond words

Deaf man, sign language teacher form lasting bond

10:32 pm | Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

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ROMANCE UNSPOKEN YET ENDURING Beatriz Go with husband Alexander, children Anthony Benedict, Abigail Bernadette, Albert Noel and the adopted Jasmine


Beatriz Go has never heard her husband say “I love you.” She has heard no love song, no sweet nothings, from the man she has been living with for the last 35 years.

Instead, Alexander, being deaf, has loved her in ways that go beyond words.

She’s 66 while he’s 53. A former nun, she used to be his sign language instructor at the Philippine School for the Deaf in Pasay City. The wide age gap being no barrier, his special needs led him to her and her special calling found a vessel in him.

Today they form the pillars of a family of 10—including three children of their own and five more who are adopted. Three of the adopted children are also deaf.

“It just happened.  He was 22 when he started making an effort for me,” said Go, whose face may be familiar to televiewers as the sign language interpreter on TV Masses and previously on the public service program “Kapwa Ko, Mahal Ko.”

“He would come over just to cook for me or bring me lunch. He lived on España, Manila, but would always be my escort taking me home to Pembo, Makati City. He was that consistent,” she said.

One summer, Alexander went on a solo trip to Marinduque province to see her family and ask for her hand in marriage.

There he met some stiff opposition: Some of her relatives disapproved, citing potential “communication problems” between the two. They also saw him becoming a mere dependent because of his disability. Others found the May-December romance too good to be true, and saw something awkward when a student hooks up with a former teacher.

But by then, Go was already in love as well.

Thirty-five years of blissful marriage later, Go said she still catches Alexander, now a retired electrician, telling his friends about their unusual love story—in sign language, of course.

Like any normal couple, they also have occasional spats, usually over the family finances. But such misunderstandings are often resolved especially with the help of Sarah, 42, one of their adopted deaf children, who mediates also through sign language and “interprets our conversations more accurately.”

“We complement each other,” Go said. “Our age gap and physical limitations have never been a hindrance. I defer to him as the head of the family. I guess that’s the secret of our relationship. I am not the nagging, demanding type; I’ve never even gotten hold of his ATM.”

Go currently works at the Philippine Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Inevitably, the principles that guide her at work have found real-life applications in her relationship both with her husband and their deaf children.

“Deaf people mostly feel that they are alone because most of their family members don’t get to learn sign language. They need someone to understand them,” she said.

“They are generally suspicious of other people; when they see someone laughing, they think it’s about them. They won’t give their trust unless you show that you are really interested in them.”

Alexander must have overcome these doubts, these suspicions, the day she started teaching him sign language when he was just 15 years old.

“I guess love is really a function of communication,” Go said, looking back. “Yet sometimes you just need to feel it and leave everything else to God.”



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