You have the chance to become the Commissioner for the Disabled in your country. What would you do first?
Julia Latscha: I would fight so people with disabilities and their family members would no longer have to file so many applications, and I would advocate less genuflection and more approval. We need a support system that is not shaped by distrust and geared towards actual needs instead. People with disabilities would get the support they need, families would be strengthened and not be torn apart due to lack of help.
What is especially important to you?
Julia Latscha: Something that’s especially important to me is for both of my children to someday be able to live outside of the family and be included in society. For my disabled daughter, I hope that she will not end up living in an institution, in a parallel universe and a special facility. I want for her to live a full and self-determined life as much as possible. This is the only way we will be able to let go of each other. And that’s something that is very important to me.
I would like to be ...
Julia Latscha: ..my daughter for just one hour and see the world in her eyes. I would definitely be able to realize and understand many things much better.
Which questions would you like answered the most?
Julia Latscha: How does my daughter see the world? What does she think about life, about her brother and me? Why does our society distinguish between what’s normal and what isn‘t? When will what’s special become something that’s completely normal?
What I finally want to say...
Julia Latscha: I would like to mention that I published my first book this year. It’s titled "Lauthalsleben, von Lotte dem Anderssein und meiner Suche nach einer gemeinsamen Welt" (English: Living Loud and Fully. About Lotte, Being Different and My Search for a Common World).