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Equal opportunities for differently-abled

I had a chance to meet athlete Adeline Dumapong many years ago. She was the first Filipina Paralympics medalists and powerlifter from the Ifugago province.

Besides being busy in weightlifting, Adeline was able to finish school with flying colors. She has proved the whole world that disability is never a hindrance to pursue one’s aspiration in life.

One of her dreams for other persons who use wheelchair is to have easy access to public transport and other services being given to and enjoyed by other people. Persons with disabilities need wheelchairs or knee scooter to move about. I’m not sure though if laws protecting their rights are being followed by private and public offices, but differently-abled persons should be regarded and treated like other able-bodied individuals.

During her prime Adeline serves as inspiration to her fellow athletes. Her determination to succeed despite the odds is simply amazing.