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. 


Jackie Weisser

Image: A young woman with shoulder-length curly hair smiles wearing a denim jacket and black t-shirt. She poses in front of a wooden fence. 

Contact Jackie: jhweisser at gmail.com

Jackie Weisser is a 23 year old Rutgers University alum with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies and a minor in Women's and Gender Studies. She sometimes refers to her fingers as "sausage fingers" because of the swelling caused by Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis that she was diagnosed with in 2006. The JRA progressed, wreaking havoc on her immune system. In 2015, she was diagnosed with a blood disorder called Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis. She underwent chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant in February of 2016.

Jackie dabbles in writing and performing comedy. She's a passionate storyteller, eager to share her experiences. Living with depression and anxiety, Jackie is an advocate for open conversations about mental health with the goal of of erasing stigmas and creating a community of people working together to heal. She loves to make people laugh and hopes to one day write for television. 

You can find Jackie on Medium, Instagram, and Facebook

Jackie is currently an Editorial Fellow at The Tempest, and her current clips can be found here.  

Jackie is available as a source and for personal essays and opinion editorial

Additional communication availability: Phone, text, chat, videoconference

Languages: English

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