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Participant Info

Photo
Image Description
A light skinned femme-presenting person sits in front of a grey wall. She has brown shoulder-length hair and wears black glasses and a purple floral shirt.
Country
USA
Website and social media
racheldl.com https://twitter.com/wordcalculator
Bio
I am a disabled artist and writer living with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Dysautonomia (POTS), 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 POTS and navigating trauma. In addition to my writing and art, I serve on the board of Disability Pride Madison, a group of disabled activists in Madison, WI. 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-d-l/ https://rootedinrights.org/author/rachel-litchman/ https://www.standinguptopots.org/POTScomic
Expertise
Poetry, Fiction, Art, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Education, Disability
Availability
Source, Personal Essays, Opinion Editorial, Reported Features, Essays, Radio Appearances, Podcast Appearances
Additional Credentials