"My name is Olivia Nguyen and I am 27 years old. I was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of 6. I decided to join the Autism Theatre Project to help bring joy to others and bring awareness to others around. We are currently working on a webseries called "The Voice Inside" which is about a character named Matt, who is also on spectrum. I am very excited to work on this project, because I can relate to the character Matt as he goes through his journey and overcomes his obstacles. What I hope teens will learn from our webseries is that everyone is different and we can learn from eachother's experiences in life."
Gena Sims has many talents. She is a writer, singer, director, dancer, actor, entrepreneur, educator, advocate, and she is dedicated to community service. All these aspects of Gena are evident in her work. I was pleased to be a member of the audience when Gena performed in her play, “In the Life of a Child”. The play engaged me and touched my heart. The play shows us the inner voice and struggles of a child with autism, as well as giving flashbacks that provide an insight into the child’s mother, who receives the diagnosis and wonders what the future will be for her child. We hear the inner voice of the child both in dialogue and song.
Working with Gena Sims for the Autism Theater Project has helped me understand the beauty of the arts when we combine the passion of creators of all differing abilities. The Autism Theater Project has been able to educate and support the community around it little by little and has much potential to cause great change on a larger scale in the future! I cannot wait to see what is in store for this organization
I began working with the Autism Theater Project remotely from Maryland in September and my experience has been extremely enlightening. I was inspired to volunteer with ATP because it presented an opportunity for me to fuse my passion for business and economics with advocacy for communities different from my own. Through participating in the production and advertising of educational and relatable videos for students and teachers,
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