Participant

Participant Info

Photo
Image Description
A light-skinned female-presenting person with short hair and bright blue earrings smiles into the camera. She wears a grey scarf with a pattern of white leaves, a black jacket, and glasses with black frames. Both of her hands are tucked into her jacket pockets at an angle.
Country
USA
Website and social media
https://rootedinrights.org/author/rachel-litchman/
Bio
I am a disabled artist and writer living with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Dysautonomia, and Post-traumatic stress disorder. I am currently studying sociology and gender and women's studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I write about my experiences as a disabled person on the Rooted in Rights blog. Other personal essays and opinion pieces have appeared in local Madison-area magazines, where I have written about my identities as a disabled, queer, survivor of childhood sexual abuse. In the past, I have also written on the topics of forced psychiatric institutionalization, work, housing insecurity, sexual violence, trauma, youth homelessness, asexuality, and chronic illness. I create narrative and informational comics and illustrations about living with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and navigating trauma. In addition to my writing and art, I currently volunteer with Disability Pride Madison to bring the local Disability Pride Festival to Madison’s Tenney Park each July. I am happy to be contacted to write about the above topics as well as commissioned for artwork or illustrations.
Clips
Expertise
Poetry, Fiction, Art, Disability Culture, Education, Disability
Availability
Source, Personal Essays, Opinion Editorial, Essays, Radio Appearances, Podcast Appearances
Additional Credentials