Nyle DiMarco: A Brilliant Strategist

DANCING WITH THE STARS - NYLE DIMARCO - The stars grace the ballroom floor for the first time on live national television with their professional partners during the two-hour season premiere of "Dancing with the Stars," which airs MONDAY, MARCH 21 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)
DANCING WITH THE STARS – NYLE DIMARCO – The stars grace the ballroom floor for the first time on live national television with their professional partners during the two-hour season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars,” which airs MONDAY, MARCH 21 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)


Nyle DiMarco is a brilliant strategist.

Nyle DiMarco does not only think for himself only, but for the Deaf community.

Nyle DiMarco always thinks about the Deaf Community and Deaf children and their families.

Nyle DiMarco is our America’s, or perhaps, the World’s Deaf Ambassador.

Nyle DiMarco is using his charisma, good looks, and talents to present his platform about future Deaf children and their families, and American Sign Language/English bilingualism.

On March 28, 2016, DiMarco hinted Washington Post’s Reliable Source that he would like to attend to the esteemed White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner with President Obama. To learn more about White House Correspondents Association, please click this link here.

Few days later, on April 1, 2016, Meredith Sugar, Esq., President of Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) wrote an “open letter” to Washington Post that was never been published in the paper, and that “open letter” basically belittles Nyle DiMarco and American Sign Language.

The Sugar’s “open letter” caused an uproar nationalwide and caused a great dismay from politically savvy Deaf Community. This is not the first time that AG Bell tried to intervene or belittles American Sign Language, and you can read more here.

Gallaudet University’s President Roberta “Bobbi” Cordano wrote a statement supporting scientific evidence that bilingualism provides greater benefit for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing children.

After that, there were many good things which keep popping up in this month. They are too numerous to list here in my blog. DiMarco continues to dance and he is still in the competition with Dancing with The Stars.

Nyle DiMarco and his dancing partner, Peta Murgatroyd appeared on Ellen DeGeneres’s show in April 11, 2016. Nyle made an announcement about his foundation in his name, Nyle DiMarco Foundation and its’ current purpose is:


The Nyle DiMarco Foundation aims to improve access to accurate, research-based information about early language acquisition–specifically, the bilingual education approach. Through the early intervention process, the child’s language and literacy development should be the focal point.



Today, Thursday, April 28, 2016, Washington Post’s Reliable Source published an article.

Nyle DiMarco brings Gallaudet President Roberta “Bobbi” Cordano with an American Sign Language interpreter to the dinner!

A politically active deaf-rights activist, DiMarco plans to use his presence at the dinner to promote his platform of deaf children’s education, making Cordano a perfect person to be his side.

DiMarco and Cordano will be at White House’s Correspondents Association Dinner on this Saturday, April 30th, and they will network with other high profile journalists, politicians, celebrities, and movers and shakers.

I dare to say,

that Nyle DiMarco is a



Amy Cohen Efron

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14 comments on “Nyle DiMarco: A Brilliant Strategist

Yes! Well written! I’m beyond thrilled about all the good stuff popping up in our community. Nyle represents us very well. I’m proud of him and all that he has been doing. It can only get better from here and out! 👍

I think you have to address that what Nyle is promoting is sign+write sign bilingualism. Many sign bilingualism education projects in the world are Oral+sign sign bilingualism. the two are different. Nyle takes the Gallauder stance of sign language first, written language second sign bilingualism. Please be specific. Many D/deaf and hard of hearing as well as h/Hearing people are confused.

With respect, please proofread before publishing, find a professional proofreader who is fluent in written English to improve your writing. There are MANY errors in this article and to gain better credibility, you need to be able to report in proper journalistic manner. Meaning no grammatical errors, let alone other various errors. The message is fantastic, I agree completely but, you lose the ability to gain more attention due to the poor quality of the writing.


Thank you for your candid and constructive feedback about my writing skills, and your suggestion for having my blogs proofread before publishing. I hope that you would consider offering your services for me, and I would be grateful that you can send me your contact information. Then we can work this out together.

For my readers, I wanted you to know that I was born deaf with severe-to-profound hearing loss, and never been exposed to accessible language, American Sign Language until I was 17 years old. I was taught orally, through lipreading, and listening and speaking skills. I was language deprived and it took me years to catch up with my reading and writing skills.

I challenge myself every day to write something to keep up with my English skills. English is one of the most difficult languages to master, because of all of the quirky rules, and they depend on a lot on “what sounds right”.

I am not ashamed about my writing skills. I know that there are other people who can hear cannot write any shit too.

So, what you are seeing, is the result of the ideology that was taught to my parents in late 1960’s, and it still affects me today.

It is my dream that all Deaf and Hard of Hearing infants and toddlers to be given American Sign Language, and English (or any other languages) at the earliest possible way, then they can grow up mastering both languages and able to communicate effectively.

Holly, would you be interested in working with me so that I can effectively share my voice to the masses?

Thank you,
Amy Cohen Efron

ABC-DE, I love your mind and your views. Keep them coming. We get the gist of your messages and that is the crux of the matter!!

Firstly, I would like to disagree that your article is full of grammatical errors. Yes, there are some minor errors but nothing that changes the meaning of your words or the intention of your message.
Secondly, if you are serious about a proofreader, I would be thrilled to work with you. I am bilingual and totally deaf, but I lost my hearing at the age 17 so English is my first language.
In either case, keep up the good work!


You rock! I will definitely get in touch with you and would love to work with you in near future.

Thank you for making my day!

Amy Cohen Efron.


There is nothing wrong with your writing. A lot of hearing people whose first language is English couldn’t write as concisely as you did. Sure, a couple of things here and there, but nothing a little proofreading from another person couldn’t help! Keep putting those ideas out there and find a good editing partner and you will be okay!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. You made my DAY!

I strive to write and write. I am not letting these pesky mistakes stop me!

Amy Cohen Efron

Hey Amy,
I was born deaf am hard of hearing ..wore hearing aids all my life. At age 2/3 then years old went deaf school then 4/5 went to hearing public school til half third grade. My teacher gave me hard time during 3rd grade didn’t like me there so my parent put me in deaf school. I speak very well most thought I was from another country because of my voice.. You would never known I have a hearing loss.. My parents wanted me learn how to talk so spent many years after school home w teachers to learn speak. Then learned sign language fourth grade.. Mama asked if I was angry for this hard life growing up.. I said no not at all because i can do both! She said that why she did it so I could make a choice too.. Only regrets I have is been married twice and both ex husband took advantage of me, controlled ..thought they loved me for my heart but was just for looks & my parents had good living gave me alots things I wanted growing up..brand new car they picked me up at school.. Lots of love supports being strong not let others to let me down by make fun of my hearing aids.. My family is my world.. I am very thankful for Nyle is big help waking up more make more help for our lives easier! I was so tickled when seen so many hearing people out there does texting more than talking on cell phones! And am so happy closed caption was made by law on televisions.. More movies old movies all like Superman love the movies couldn’t hear but the man flying always wanted to fly lol! Your handwriting is wonderful.. I do to have same problem.. It’s so hard me to be able understand audio.. Tv, radio phone never been able to hear it just mumbles.. My son 9 yrs old and is in 4th grade.. My biggest frustration is not be able help w word problems in math, some other subjects such as reading languages.. Pronouncing spelling words or reading to speak it more correctly or clearer..It’s so hard to help him on some of it.. But he in an great public school w teachers who understands my ways not be able to help all.. My daughter is going preK this fall.. I really would love want more sign language to be out as another required language! I thank you for your time hope hear back from you! I live in Guyton..which about 30 min from Savannah, Georgia! Good luck with everything! I am 40 years old and am so happy the sign language is getting out and closed caption too!!! Thank you so much!!

I also love the message, and while I don’t think your writing has any serious grammatical errors save a few little mistakes here and there, your writing could definitely be beefed up with more interesting language. I’ve been a copy editor and have been editing for a long time, and I’m also happy to help if you wish.

Hi Katie!

Wonderful! I would love to get in touch with you for my future posts.

Everyone who leaves comments offering your services – that is a wonderful way to work together!

Thank you so much!
Amy Cohen Efron

So arrogant of Holly! Can’t believe she took the time to assess Amy’s journal and didn’t bother to respond back. Btw her use of punctuation marks are terrible as well.

Keep up the good work, Amy.

I have been using Grammarly which is a browser add-on that helps you improve your writing as you type. It has been very helpful when there’s no proof-reader available.

Especially when you are in a hurry (for example, using Twitter or Facebook). There’s no perfect tool but it certainly makes a difference. You can even use it with Microsoft Word. They have a free and paid version and the free version is pretty good.

Just like my ASL, I’m not ASL-grammatically correct but as long as we are all able to communicate clearly, there’s nothing wrong with a typo here and there or a minor error. Even Stephen King has typos.

As for the increasing awareness, I am noticing it is not just Nyle but the entire world as a whole. For example, last week was Deaf Awareness Week in the UK, and this week same theme in New Zealand.

DeafWest is also making waves with their successful Spring Awakening on Broadway but there is not a lot of attention in this area for some reason.

I do think we need to remember there are others out there besides Nyle so that we can distribute awareness/support around. By no means am I “putting down” Nyle.

Nyle has done a great job raising awareness for the Deaf/HH community. I put him in the same league as Marlee Matlin from a mainstream media perspective and that’s fantastic.

One thing Marlee did point out in an interview was that we need more Deaf/HH to stand up and take the lead.

I am finding that there are people not aware of The Daily Moth, or The Aidan Mack Show, the ASL app, etc… just to name a few off the top of my head. It seems to me it’s important to spread awareness about them as well because the more we know, the more open-minded our world becomes.

Keep on blogging. I am enjoying your posts. Thanks.

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