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Yes, a Paralympic Athlete Can Need Her Own Personal Care Assistant

Two-time Paralympic swimmer Becca Meyers, 26, was all set for Tokyo — she’d qualified for the 2021 Paralympics and was seemingly ready to dominate the competition.  Until, that is, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee denied her the accommodations she’d need to safely navigate the Paralympics.

Meyers, one of the only deaf-blind swimmers on the Paralympic swimming team, was born with Usher syndrome, a rare genetic condition that left her deaf since birth and has also caused progressive vision loss.  In her day-to-day life, she requires a personal care assistant (PCA) to help her with everyday tasks, like navigating public transportation and making her way to her events.  The six-time medalist navigated the 2016 Rio Paralympics without a

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