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Zaid's Story: Turning Disabilities into Possibilities
Zaid's Story: Turning Disabilities into Possibilities

In quest for a significant influence in their life, people travel the world, listen to motivational speakers, and often read endless books about achievements of people like the remarkable Queen Rania of Jordan. Like the multifarious people of past and future generations, I have also taken these prevalent measures by also reading inspirational books, exploring different countries, and listening attentively to motivational speakers. Unlike many, who have not had the privilege of having a boy with Down syndrome impact their lives, I have. It was not until I had grown up and reflected on my personality, the things that I stand up for, the qualities that I have developed, the challenges that I endure, that I realized that all of that was significantly influenced by my brother with Down syndrome named Zaid. 

As a boy with Down syndrome, Zaid has never let his cognitive delays get in his way. He has dealt with every academic challenge he faces with an inspiring good attitude that has taught me to never let any obstacle define me or get in my way. At school, Zaid reads and solves math problems at a slower rate than most students. Zaid does not let that intimidate him, he keeps enduring his struggles, does not complain, and keeps that pencil going. Zaid has taught me that although some progress may come slow to certain people but not others, it will still put us ahead of capable people who give up and do not even attempt to progress. 

Zaid also never lets his stuttering issue get in the way of learning English and Arabic. Arabic is one of the hardest languages to learn, but impressively enough, Zaid speaks it as well as I do. Zaid does not let his struggles define him, but his persistence to strive academically, no matter how strenuous the task might be, speaks for itself. I believe that Zaid’s ability to persist through the hardest situations comes from his ability to find the humor in serious situations. Although Zaid has had to repeat grades, and stay in middle school longer to learn effectively, he jokes that he got his PhD there and could start teaching the students himself. Zaid has taught me that a learning disability is not really a disability; the real disability is when people give up easily, have negative mindsets, and do not endure their struggles. He has taught me how to deal with struggles, overcome obstacles, and has inspired me to reach the highest goals through dedication, hard work, and a positive attitude. He influences me to strive to be exceptional and constantly seek self improvement, Zaid has brought out the best in me due to the life lessons he has taught me.

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gina Mcnitt, United States, GA
10/25/2013 7:26:14 PM
you made me cry

R, Canada,
10/24/2013 8:54:27 PM

amal baida, United States, GA
10/23/2013 6:56:23 PM
very touching story and very inspirational, having a special need at home is a challenge, transforming that challenge into a learning curve is smart and very dedicated.

Zuhra Aziz, United States, GA
9/10/2013 7:02:38 PM
Everyone faces struggles in their lives, but your brother is one of the strongest people. Go Zaid!

JK, United States, GA
4/29/2013 11:05:54 AM
Being your dad Tamara, i can only express my pride on you and how you handle issues with great pation and success. Thanks for speaking our mind in a very proffesional style.......effective though. Love you and best of luck. Teach me more hero..

Mai, Jordan,
4/17/2013 6:58:48 PM
Zaid is a teacher for many people who needs to know that nothing should stop you from living this beautiful life and make your goals. wish you all the best Zaid ... keep the good work of giving us a hope

Reed Hanks, United States, CA
4/8/2013 5:38:24 PM
A wonderful, touching essay. Said with lots of warmth and love.

sasyasham kodali, India,
4/8/2013 1:10:01 PM
v.proud and feel that zaid can overcome any problem with the mindset he has which is obvious..... be positive !!! way to go zaid god bless you !! And tamara v.well said and v. touching. It seems the words just kept pouring out of your heart and so true ! God bless you dear.

Nora Younis, United States, OH
4/8/2013 12:30:41 PM
Tamara this is beautiful.. I think we all can learn from zaid..

Lady Dana, United States, GA
4/8/2013 12:57:53 AM
Wonderfully written and heart moving life lessons.

sarai omar, Egypt,
4/7/2013 5:44:48 PM
amazinggg analytical thinking by tamara thst reflects the amazinh zaido

Bassem Mikail, Kuwait,
4/7/2013 7:18:11 AM
Very well written!

Rana Melhem, Australia,
4/6/2013 1:25:05 PM
I have learned that Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds. Tamara & Zaid: thank you for the Inspirational. God bless you and your family.

Sandeep Mora, United States, GA
4/6/2013 12:45:07 PM
its a good and inspiring story

Ala Ahmad, United States, PA
4/6/2013 12:31:57 PM
Great story ... keep up the good work. Zaid is inspiring me also, he reminds me with this qoute "Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. - Norman Vincent Peale" May god bless u all.

chad pillai, United States, TX
4/6/2013 11:05:22 AM
God Bless you and your family.

Noor Abbady, United States, GA
4/6/2013 10:22:32 AM
God bless the strong will and great souls that Zaid and his family have. Touching yet inspirational.

Linda Al-Hmoud, United States, GA
4/6/2013 9:05:29 AM
Zaid and his family, especially hi great mom, always inspire me.

Nahed khader, United States, GA
4/5/2013 5:39:41 PM
Powerful words touched our heart and soul......well said Tamara.

Mary Jacobs Mathew, Singapore,
4/5/2013 5:28:12 PM
And Zaids achievements and perseverance is no small way due to his wonderful mother in whom I have deep respect.

rola k , United States, CA
4/5/2013 4:32:53 PM
Dear Tamara ur story give everyone hope that any thing is possible in life nothing limit his ambition

jamal, United States, GA
4/5/2013 4:02:41 PM
very nice essay with true experience. thanks Toot for speaking our mind in a wonderfull words.

Deanna Futch, United States, FL
4/5/2013 2:27:23 PM
That was very beautifully said Tamara. I have always known that you and your family are special and amazing people. I am truly proud to know you all. Love, Deanna

Deanna Futch, United States, FL
4/5/2013 2:26:06 PM
That was very beautifully said Tamara. I have always known that you and your family are special and amazing people. I am truly proud to know you all. Love, Deanna

Deanna Futch, United States, FL
4/5/2013 2:23:51 PM
That was really beautifully said Tamara. I always knew you and everyone of your family are special and wonderful people. I am proud to know all of you. Love, Deanna

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