“Ooh a deaf person, give him a wheelchair.”
Deaf activist and America’s Next Top Model winner Nyle DiMarco recently took to Twitter to shame United Airlines’ staff for giving him a wheelchair with his name on it. DiMarco, who starred on Cycle 22 of the famous reality show is deaf. He is, however, able to walk and did not request a wheelchair.
“How hearing people associate deaf with the inability to walk astounds me,” DiMarco told DailyMail.com. “I honestly wanted to sit on it and document the entire wheelchair trip, but I didn’t want to take that away from others in need,” he said. “This has happened multiple times. I’ve tweeted to United several times before…
todays tea according to @united
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ooh a deaf person/ |
give him a /____|
— Nyle DiMarco (@NyleDiMarco) February 17, 2019
“When it happened the first few times I felt frustrated because the airlines have acknowledged and apologized, but it is clear that they’ve never pushed for change, nor have they trained their employees.
“Of course not to say that all deaf people do not need a wheelchair or some sort of assistance. But it is just that I never requested one.” United responded to DiMarco’s Tweet with an apology and a request Tweeting, “Hey Nyle, we certainly don’t aim to disservice you with this. We’d like to follow up with you to discuss further. Please send us a DM with your conversation number, so we can help. ^EM”
This incident came less than a day after deaf activist and model Chella Man tweeted about the same issue on his recent flight with United.
— CHELLA MAN (@chellamanart) February 17, 2019
United responded to this incident with an explanation stating, “We can understand your concern, Chella. Anytime a reservation is noted with a special service request, a wheelchair may accompany our agents in the event that the passenger before or after you needs assistance. It is intended to be more efficient in assisting our passengers. ^BN”
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