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Although born with Down Syndrome, it was not an obstacle for Brina Kei Maximo to live a normal life and achieve her dreams.
Contrary to those who say graduating and living long is unlikely, Brina has shown that they are wrong and that she can do it.
Brina was born with Down Syndrome. According to her, she was only 9 days old when the doctor told her parents she would not live long.
However, because of the love and care of people close to her, combined with her determination and hard work, Brina has not only lived long. In fact, she is busy making history as well.
At 21, Brina’s achievements go beyond those of people who were born normal. She was actually able to finish three courses in college.
In addition to this, she also has a job and is living a normal and comfortable life. Brina is now an Assistant Teacher at a school in Parañaque City.
“When I was 11 years old, a Psychologist 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 1-year course in General Clerical Skills.” said Brina.
Not only she has proven to doctors and judgmental people that she can reach her dreams, but the whole world has also witnessed her fight against discrimination to those who were born with Down Syndrome.
Furthermore, Brina is also a Special Olympics Global Youth Ambassador where she travels to the Philippines and to other countries to inspire others and tell her story.
Brina also wishes people would stop treating her and those with the same genetic disorder different. Stop calling them mongoloid, stupid, abnormal or whatever. It’s not good and definitely not right, because they, too, can live normally like other people.
“Please be kind to us. Our disability does not mean inability. We can be useful members of society. Cheers to all Persons with Down Syndrome!” added Brina.
Altogether, Brina deserves all the praises about her achievements. Truly an inspiring individual.
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