Disabled Writers is a resource to help editors connect with disabled writers and journalists, and journalists connect with disabled sources. Our goal is specifically to promote paid opportunities for multiply marginalized members of the disability community, and to encourage editors and journalists to think of disabled people for stories that stretch beyond disability issues. 


Ariel Henley

Image: A photo of Ariel, a white woman in her mid-twenties with brown hair and brown eyes, wearing a grey sweater. 

Contact Ariel: ariel.henley9 at gmail.com

I’m a writer from Northern California with a B.A. in English and Political Science from the University of Vermont. 

I'm passionate about writing as a form of activism. Much of my work explores my experiences growing up with a facial disfigurement, as a result of Crouzon syndrome — a rare craniofacial disorder where the bones in the head fuse prematurely. I write to explore issues related to beauty, equality, human connection, and understanding trauma through the lens of my own experience. I share my story in an effort to help eliminate stigma, educate others about the importance of facial equality, and promote mainstream inclusion for individuals with physical differences.

Most recently, my work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vice, The Rumpus, and Narratively. I'm a 2017 San Francisco Writers' Grotto Fellow, and am currently at work on a memoir. 

You can find Ariel at her website, on Twitter @ariel_henley9, and on Instagram @arielhenley

Clips (recent clips available in Ariel's portfolio): 

Tonic (Vice), March 2017: Hollywood's Approach to Disabled Characters is Still A Disaster

New York Times, November 2016: The Importance of Facial Equality

Narratively, July 2016: There's a Mathematical Equation That Proves I'm Ugly — Or So I Learned In My Seventh Grade Art Class

Ariel is available as a source and for personal essays, opinion editorial, reported features, and investigative journalism. 

Additional communication availability: Phone, text, chat, videoconference

Languages: English (Fluent)

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