- A Filipina with Down syndrome has finished three degrees in college after she was told that she may not finish grade school
- Brina Maxino was just 9 days old when her parents knew she has Down syndrome and the doctor said she may not live long
- However, that did not stop her from reaching her dreams and inspiring other people
- Maxino was also assigned as the Special Olympics Global Youth Ambassador
An inspiring Pinay with Down syndrome has proven that she is capable of excelling in academics.
KAMI learned that growing up, 23-year-old Brina Maxino was told that she may not even finish grade school.
However, she shared in her Facebook post that she was able to finish three degrees in college already.
“When I was just 9 days old, a doctor told my parents that because of my very bad condition, I will not live long,” she wrote.
“When I was 11 years old, a Psychologist told my parents that I may not even finish Grade School,” she added.
Maxino shared that she graduated from college with a degree in AB History. She also finished a two-year course in Associate in Arts and a one-year course in General Clerical Skills. Maxino has been working as an assistant teacher at the Pean Integrated School of Parañaque.
Aside from her achievement in college, she also graduated as the class valedictorian in elementary and in high school.
After being an achiever in her class, Maxino became the Special Olympics Global Youth Ambassador and delivered inspirational speeches not just in the Philippines but in other countries as well.
She was also elected as the Co-Chair of the 2015 Social Impact Summit for the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, California.
Maxino even had the opportunity to deliver a speech at the White House in Washington, D.C. for the Special Olympics. She also had the chance to meet former US President Barack Obama.
She continues to inspire everyone, most especially the persons-with-disabilities and Down syndrome.
"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 Syndrome!” she said.
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