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
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. Outside of my writing and art, I work at a library, I attend school part-time, and I enjoy math and science. I am happy to be contacted to write about the above topics as well as commissioned for artwork or illustrations.
Clips
https://rootedinrights.org/author/rachel-litchman/
Expertise
Poetry, Fiction, Art, Disability Culture, Education, Disability
Availability
Source, Personal Essays, Opinion Editorial, Essays, Radio Appearances, Podcast Appearances
Additional Credentials