Rebecca Meyers, who won four medals at Rio 2016 and two at London 2012, was honoured the Governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan ©Getty Images

Rebecca Meyers of the United States was invited to the Maryland State House to celebrate the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by the Governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan.

During the ceremony, Hogan honoured the three-times Paralympic gold medallist after she pulled out of Tokyo 2020 because she was refused her own personal care assistant.

"Maryland is very proud to support your efforts to help the world understand that accommodations are not optional and that people with disabilities deserve access to participate and compete in the pool and in all aspects of life," Hogan said.

Meyers took to social media to express her gratitude.

"Thank you @GovLarryHogan for inviting me to celebrate the ADA at the Maryland State House," she wrote.

"Thank you for speaking with me on how we can effect change."

The swimmer announced last week she was forced to withdraw from this summer's Games because her personal care assistant, her mother, Maria, was not permitted to travel with her to Tokyo due to stringent restrictions because of COVID-19.

She has Usher syndrome, was born deaf and has progressive sight loss as a result of a disease called retinitis pigmentosa.

"I'm angry, I'm disappointed, but most of all, I'm sad not to be representing my country," Meyers wrote on Twitter.

The Maryland native was shocked at the way she was treated.

"In 2021, why, as a disabled person, am I still fighting for my rights?

"I'm speaking up for future generations of Paralympic athletes in hope that they never have to experience the pain I've been through.

"Enough is enough."

Following Meyers' statement, former US Paralympic swimmer, Roy Perkins, hit out at his former teammate.

"I'm inclined to say that this is more about not getting her own way more than anything else," he wrote on social media.