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. 

 

Kayle Hill

Image: Young woman with mid-length pixie cut wearing sunglasses and a purple sweater saying "The Future Is Accessible." 

Contact Kayle: kaylejune at gmail.com 

I am a 21 year old student about to graduate with a BA in Media, Society, and the Arts and begin my graduate degree with a major in Disability Studies. I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in infancy and severe scoliosis with a (failed) spinal fusion at 13 years old. Having the surgery led me to leave high school a year early, but I immediately went to college. At 20, I was then diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and POTS, based off of symptoms I had been reporting my entire life. 

After being discriminated against repeatedly at my college (SUNY Purchase), I filed a class-action lawsuit against them. This began my pursuit of disability awareness and advocacy. I have written about my disability on many public forms, continue to advocate for disabled students at my school, am writing my senior thesis on disability/posthumanism theory, and am now looking to branch out to the public. 

You can find Kayle at her website, LinkedIn, and Twitter @kaylejh

Find Kayle's current clips here

Odyssey Online, August 2016: Guide For Supporting Loved Ones With A Chronic Illness

Odyssey Online, July 2016: Not Disabled Enough, A Love Story

Odyssey Online, June 2016: What Summer Is Like With Chronic Fatigue

Kayle is available as a source and for personal essays, opinion editorial, and public speaking

Additional communication availability: Phone, Text, Chat, Videoconference, Social Media

Languages: English

Ariana Viscione

Ariana Viscione

Tim Vermande

Tim Vermande