Sumary of Deaf-Blind Swimmer Becca Meyers Withdraws From Paralympics After USOPC Denies Her a “Trusted Assistant”:
- Three-time Paralympic gold medalist Becca Meyers, a deaf and blind swimmer, shared this Instagram post with her “gut-wrenching decision to withdraw from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.
- The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) has denied her a reasonable and essential accommodation — a “trusted personal care assistant” (PCA).
- Since 2017, Meyers said, the USOPC has approved the use of a trusted PCA (her mother) at all international swim meets because of her disabilities.
- With new safety precautions and limits to “non-essential staff,” Meyers said, the USOPC told her repeatedly that she didn’t need a PCA “who I trust,” because there would be “a single PCA on staff that is available to assist me and 33 other Paralympic swimmers, nine of whom are also visually impaired.
- ” “I strongly believe the reduction in staff was not intended to reduce the number of essential support staff for Paralympians, like PCAs, but to reduce the number of nonessential staff,” Meyers said in the interview.