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Saturday, July 10, 2021

Hari Srinivasan

 In The Politics of Autism, I discuss the Inter-Agency Autism Coordinating Committee and research priorities.

The IACC :

Mr. Hari Srinivasan is a minimally speaking autistic student at UC Berkeley, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Disability Studies, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest academic honor society. As a recently selected Haas Scholar at UC Berkeley, Mr. Srinivasan will be carrying out a year-long research project to improve the coping toolbox for autistics. Mr. Srinivasan is the lead student instructor for a weekly class on autism, creating and teaching content that covers a myriad of issues across the lifespan. As a student journalist at The Daily Californian, he has written over 50 articles on both disability and non-disability topics. He heads Team Propaganda at the UC Berkeley Disability Lab, which hacks low cost solutions for a wide range of disabilities. He has been a research assistant at the university Psychology Labs on projects related to mental health, ADHD, and sleep. He also served as the first non-speaking autistic student president of the campus organization Autism: Spectrum at Cal, stressing the idea of autism needing to go beyond mere Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion and towards Belonging. His other affiliations include Board member and Whistleblower Compliance Officer for the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Council of Autistic Advisors for the Autism Society of America, and a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Frist Center for Autism and Innovation at Vanderbilt University.