With over 7 billion people in the world, more than one billion or 15 percent of the entire population live with some form of disability. In developing countries alone, 80 percent live with physical or mental challenges every day.
People suffering from disabilities have poorer health, fewer economic opportunities, and lower educational achievements. There are also many obstacles that they face in their everyday lives.
But having disabilities should not be a reason for people to give up easily. Despite suffering from Down Syndrome, Brina Maxino is an achiever. In a Facebook post, Brina shared her achievements in life — and you will surely be inspired!
When Brina was still nine days old, the doctor already informed her parents that she cannot live long because of her bad condition. But 21 years after, she is a very successful person.
When she was 11 years old, a psychologist told her parents that she may not be able to finish her grade school. But now, she is an Assistant Teacher at Pean Integrated School of Parañaque.
Lived a Successful Life
Brina is a proof that you can do anything and everything that you want. She graduated college with a degree of AB History from the CAP College Foundation, Inc. She is also a proud graduate of a 2-year course in Associate Arts and a 1-year course in General Clerical Skills.
Other than her educational attainment, Brina is a Special Olympics Global Youth Ambassador. She traveled to different countries and delivered inspirational speeches.
Message to Parents of Children with Disabilities
Due to the love and support that she received from her parents, family, teachers, doctors, and therapists, Brina achieved a lot of things.
She wanted parents of children with Down Syndrome to always believe in their children, just like what her parents did. She also asked those who have disabilities to believe and trust themselves.
Brina is a real-life proof that with determination, passion, and love from the people around you, you can do anything that you want. Having physical disabilities does not mean it is the end of the world already — it is just a start.