Helen Rottier is an autistic, multiply disabled graduate student earning her PhD in Disability Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a graduate research assistant in the Institute on Disability and Human Development, a collaborating researcher in The Gernsbacher Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the coordinator of group co-mentoring networks for autistic college students in the Chicago area. Her research interests include academic access and ableism, the experiences of autistic and neurodivergent college students, group co-mentoring models, representation of disabled students in STEM, and disabled/autistic Twitter communities. She was recently awarded a grant from the Foundation for Science and Disability to support STEM activities for disabled high school and college students, and she is a member of the Autism Innovation Project, which teaches autistic youth and adults how to code and create new technology. Aside from her professional interests, Helen loves to read, watch soap operas, and tweet about everything. Follow her on Twitter @helenrottier!
Helen Rottier (she/her/hers)
University of Illinois at Chicago
PhD Student, Disability Studies
Graduate Research Assistant, IDHD