Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:00 AM November 21, 2018
The author—the mother of Nina—requests anonymity for herself and her daughter.
At an early age, my daughter, Nina, was diagnosed with autism.
Autism is a lifelong neurological disorder typically appearing in early childhood, a developmental disability significantly affecting verbal and nonverbal communication and social interaction.
People with autism face a lifetime full of challenges. There is no cure for autism and there is no medication to treat it.
As a child, Nina struggled to speak. And when she finally did, she still could not fully express herself. However, what she lacked in verbal articulation was more than made up for by her immense talent in drawing, sketching and painting.
Her work, coupled with her enthusiasm and positive outlook, continues to inspire all of us around her.
Special children cannot survive on their own in this world full of struggles. But with proper care and supervision, they do not have to be restricted to the four walls of a home.
Nina can proudly share her talent with the world. She is not disabled but differently abled.
This year we celebrate her 22 years with her first solo exhibit titled “Chiquitita,” to be held Nov. 24-27, at the Playhub Events Place at 24 Scout Madriñan, QC.
Several artworks crafted in her unique and inimitable style will be showcased for the first time, and will include the pieces from her fashion show at the Philippine Embassy in New York City held in April 2017.
A portion of the proceeds will go to the Rehabilitation and Empowerment of Adults and Children with Handicap (REACH) Foundation Inc., a nonstock, nonprofit organization based in Mandaluyong City that implements community-based rehabilitation programs.
REACH trains indigent families to help their own special children live quality lives.
We invite you to this special endeavor. We welcome you all to Nina’s world of colors, music and imagination. She is a ray of sunshine bringing hope, happiness and the freshness of a new day.
This is Nina seizing life’s promise. Some will say it is a life less than perfect. Yet it is a life most meaningful. Hers is truly an extraordinary life. —CONTRIBUTED