I consider is my trip to Japan as perhaps my most memorable experience thus far. “The Land of the Rising Sun”is one of the countries with the most advanced technologies. I am very happy and thankful that I was given the opportunity to witness and learn the customs and tradition, culture, good governance and support system for PWDs of Japan.
Aside from having fun and enjoyment, the visits in some PWD institutions made the trip very exciting and informative. I realized that having a good system will lead to good governance. That is why Japanese people are more disciplined and time conscious than most of us.
I also learned their ways in making PWDs independent. That’s why as a PWD, I am highly impressed by their innovative ideas, wherein they tend to invent or modify assistive devices and communication technology for PWDs. They also have provided good facilities and equipments to make PWDs live with dignity, self-worth and happiness. United as one, they really make the “impossible” possible.
Japanese people are also very hard working persons with dedicated and committed to provide good and quality services for PWDs. Up to now, I truly admire the way that their government had seen the importance of providing financial support to PWDs, especially those with severe and multiple disabilities who are in most need of full support. They really extend deeper understanding, love and care for PWDs as I have observed during our visits in some of their PWD institutions.
I will never forget that for once in my life, I had been in Japan and witnessed their best practices. I will never forget the words ohayo gozaimasu, konnichiwa, konbanwa, dozo and the never ending sumimasen. As a young person with disability, I am truly inspired and I will do my best to share those knowledge and experiences and I will continue to become an advocate and be of help for PWDs as well as be a role model of the future and the next generation.
May the friendship of Japan and Philippines remain strong and fruitful. Mabuhay tayong lahat! Domo Arigato Gozaimasu!