About the Optimist Jenna Blog

I write about disability and my family.

About Jenna

I’m Jenna Breunig, a writer and web designer. I love designing sites, playing with graphics, and spending time with my family. Currently, I work for EpiBuild.

In my spare time, I enjoy taking walks with my family, doodling, and playing piano very badly.

I describe myself as neurodivergent. That means my brain works differently than average. I have heightened senses, which is sometimes a good thing but usually a bad thing. I’m also officially clumsy.

In the future, I want to own a little house and a little dog with my sister. It may be a simple life, but I find beauty in simplicity.

About My Family


My sister, Katie, has Down syndrome. She’s a young woman who loves singing, dancing, and watching TV. I consider myself lucky to have her in my life.

Any photos of her are shared with her permission. Also, she has veto power over what I write about her.


Red is the nickname I use for an autistic family member. The name “Red” is short for “redacted name,” and it also goes nicely with the #REDinstead hashtag for autism acceptance.

I refer to Red as “they” instead of “he” or “she.” Red does have a gender, but it is none of your business. The gender-neutral “they” helps protect their anonymity. I also try to draw them with a gender-neutral look.

Red is intelligent and good at designing things. They like nature, cool rocks, and ice cream. But they say that’s all you need to know.

Red checks and consents to anything I post about them.

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