Nakaka-inspire ang kwento isang pinay na may down syndr0me kung saan ibinahagi niya sa kanyang post kung nanakapagtapos na niya ng pag-aaral at ngayon nga’y isang ganap na guro na.
Isang inpirasyon para sa lahat ang tagumpay ni Brina Maxino sa kabila ng kanyang kapansanan.
Sa kabila ng kanyang kond!syon ay hindi ito naging hadlang upang makamit niya ang kanyang mga pangarap.
Kwento niya, bata pa lang sinabihan na sila ng doktor na hindi siya magtatagal dahil na rin sa kanyang kondisyon. Kahit na ang kanyang Psychologist ay sinabing hindi siya makakapagtapos ng pag-aaral.
Ngunit dahil sa suporta at pagmamahal ng kanyang magulang ay walang imposible.
Si Brina ay 23 anyos na ngayon at kasalukuyang nagtuturo bilang Assistant Teacher sa Pean Integrated School of Parañaque.
“Hi! I am Brina Maxino and I have Down Syndr0me! When I was just 9 days old, a doctor told my parents that because of my very bad condition, I will not live long. But now, I am already 21 years old. I will turn 22 years old on my birthday, on August 31, 2018. When I was 11 years old, a Psych0logist told my parents that I may not even finish Grade School. But now, I am an Assistant Teacher at Pean Integrated School of Parañaque. I graduated College with a degree of AB History from CAP College Foundation, Inc. I also graduated from a 2-year course in Associate in Arts and a 1-year course in General Clerical Skills.”
“I am a Special Olympics Global Youth Ambassador, traveling abroad, delivering inspirational speeches in the Philippines and abroad. I thank God for my life. I thank my family, my Lolos, Lolas, Uncles, Aunties and Cousins for their unconditional love and help. I thank my doctors, therapists and teachers for keeping me healthy and for teaching me.”
May mensahe naman si Brina sa mga magulang na may anak na kagaya niya ng kondisyon at sa mga PWDs.
Aniya, “To all parents — please believe in your children with Down Syndr0me, just like what my parents did.To all PWDs like me — believe in yourselves and pray to God always. You can do it. Just study and work hard.”
Nagbigay rin siya ng mensahe para sa lahat na sana’y tanggapin sila at respetuhin. Huwag silang tawagin sa iba’t ibang pangalan dahil sila ay may damdamin rin.
“To everyone — please respect us and accept us. Please do not call us names like mongoloid, idiot, moron, stupid or retarded. It hurts us. Please be kind to us. Our disability does not mean inability. We can be useful members of society. Cheers to all Persons with Down Syndr0me!,” dagdag pa niya.