Nyle DiMarco, a leader in the deaf community who started his career as “America’s Next Top Model” and as the winner of the mirror ball trophy on “Dancing With the Stars,” will share his barrier-breaking story as a deaf man at 7 p.m., Oct. 1 in the Memorial Chapel at the University of Redlands. This event is free and open to the public.
Born into a multigenerational deaf family, DiMarco has a passion for language, literacy, and advocacy within the deaf community and beyond. He is an honorary spokesperson for Language Equality and Acquisition for Deaf Kids (LEAD-K) and founder of the Nyle DiMarco Foundation, which works to improve the lives of deaf people around the world. He also served as a creative collaborator on The ASL App, created by native deaf signers to teach conversational American Sign Language.
Believing that his deafness is “an asset rather than a limitation,” DiMarco builds a bridge between the deaf and hearing by shining a light on the struggles and the triumphs of the deaf culture. He shows audiences that with a sense of community, commitment to goals, and belief in oneself, an individual can accomplish anything.