Jenny Laatsch is a veteran Barrier-Free"er" who has performed onstage in over 10 Barrier-Free shows!
Today, she gives a first-hand account of her experiences being part of Barrier-Free's inclusive theater companies and classes.
Enjoy the lovely, talented, and always bright, Jenny Laatsch!
View the video interview or read the full transcript below.
Question 1: Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Jenny Laatsch. I live in New Windsor Maryland and I go to day program. [I am] thirty-one. Activities [I like] are bowling and dancing.
Question 2: When did you become involved in Barrier-Free?
JENNY: Barrier-Free for 5 years.
INTERVIEWER: Wow, five years!! That's a lot of shows!
Question 3: What is your favorite part of creating our original shows?
Pick our character's names and singing!
Question 4: Do you have a favorite character you've played?
Princess Pamper. 👑
Question 5: How has Barrier-Free impacted your life?
That it makes me happy and proud.
Question 6: What interests do you have outside of Barrier-Free?
JENNY: Outside of Barrier-Free, [I like] bowling and dancing.
INTERVIEWER: Awesome! Recently you've been very into painting too, right?
JENNY: And painting!
INTERVIEWER: Jenny, those paintings you shared, oh my gosh, they are so beautiful!!
JENNY: [with a big smile] Yeah!
INTERVIEWER: Thank you!
JENNY: [still smiling] You're welcome!
Question 7: What would you tell someone that is interested in becoming involved in Barrier-Free programs?
You should sign up and join the fun to make new friends.
Keep Shining Jenny!!
Catch Jenny and her Company A cast mates in the short-film Salty Seas premiering LIVE on Youtube & Facebook on Friday, December 18th at 8pm.
Catch a sneak peek below!
Happy Birthday Jenny!!
Jenny celebrates her birthday on December 22nd and is generously sharing her special day with Barrier-Free!
She has raised $346 on her way to her $1000 goal!
This blog post is different from what I normally post. This is just a free form write up on how having multiple disabilities affects my life.
Having a disability means fighting everyday to prove why you’re worthy of receiving services.
Having a disability means fighting insurance, social security, and medicaid to prove why you need services.
Having a disability means having to explain what it is, what it means to you, and how it affects your life.
Having a disability is answering the same questions over and over again.
Having a disability means I may get judged just for having autism.
Having a disability means I have to protect my health especially in the season of COVID-19.
Having a disability is deciding whether or not to disclose your disability to a friend or not.
Having a disability is deciding whether or not to disclose a disability on a job interview.
Having a disability is deciding when I need to mask my autism and when I don't.
Having a disability means when I mask my autism I pay for it later.
Having a disability means the employer can decide to pay me less or to not interview me at all based on my application.
Having a disability is worry about if I’ll secure housing when I’m older.
Having a disability is worrying about if I’ll be able to provide for myself when I’m older.
Having a disability means having an ABLE account.
Having a disability means signing over power of attorney at age 18.
Having a disability means my parents have to sit in on IEP meetings through kindergarten to twelfth grade.
Having a disability specifically autism is having scripted language so you don’t stumble on words when I speak.
Having a disability specifically autism means I prefer to have text communication over spoken communication.
Having a disability specifically autism means social communication is exhausting for me.
Having a disability specifically autism means having backup communication like text to speech in case of a meltdown or medical emergency where I’m unable to speak.
Having a disability means I’m unable to drive long distances.
Having a disability means time flies by or it goes super slow.
Having a disability means I be hyperfocused on a task for a long period of time.
This blog is also posted on Photography through Autism Blog.
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