Nyle DiMarco was honored with a Governor’s Citation in Annapolis, Md. by Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday for establishing The Nyle DiMarco Foundation, Washington Post reports.
The 27-year-old model has been deaf since birth and was raised in Frederick, Md. He is also an alumni of the Maryland School for the Deaf and Gallaudet University, where he graduated with a degree in mathematics.
The foundation is a non-profit organization that advocates for full access to American Sign Language and English for deaf and hard of hearing children in the United States.
DiMarco is a winner of both “America’s Next Top Model” and “Dancing with the Stars.” Last year, DiMarco came out as sexually fluid.