About Me


Hari as Possibility


Instagram/Twitter: @harisri108


I'm Hari Srinivasan and a senior at UC Berkeley. Very interested in pursuing a PhD. 

I'm a minimally-speaking autistic and AAC user. My brand of autism includes oral-motor apraxia, poor fine motor skills, poor body coordination, body mapping issues (inability to form body schema), sensory dysregulation, mood dysregulation, ADHD, OCD and a ton of anxiety issues. Many of these issues do indeed present significant and frustrating obstacles to my everyday functioning. I never know what kind of day I will wake up to or when I will fall apart.

Education and the chance to be a contributing member of society was like a candy store with me on the outside looking longingly in. Access to higher education for individuals like me is hard-won and I am now absolutely throughly enjoying and just savoring my undergraduate years at UC Berkeley and all the opportunities it has opened up. Thank you Berkeley!

I was featured on President Obama's Instagram on the 30th anniversary of the ADA. Politics Aside, it is a tremendous honor to be mentioned by a President of the United States on social media. It gives great hope and encouragement, especially for someone who is significantly disabled like me - that lives like mine are lives that have worth to society.***


At UC Berkeley: 
  • Major Psychology, Minor Disability Studies. Mesmerizing lectures taught by amazing faulty
  • Haas Scholar: Conducting my own faculty mentored independent student research on Autism https://hsp.berkeley.edu/scholars/hari-srinivasan/ 
  • Academic Honors: Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Psi Chi Honor Society, Golden Key Honor Society and a 4.0 GPA
  • Senior Staff Writer for the Student Paper, The Daily Californian. A column on autism, commentaries, reviews and the chance to interview with some 25 amazing individuals along the way. I have written on many areas both disability and non-disability related.
  • Lead Undergraduate Student Instructor for a faculty-sponsored, semester-long class on Autism (called DeCal) since Spring 2018. The class size has grown from under 20 to 40 this coming fall. It is an opportunity to influence how 40 students each semester will come to regard and interact with the "humane" in autism for the rest of their future lives. 
  • Head Team Propaganda at the unique makerspace Crip Lab - RadMad Disability Lab (Facebook Page, Twitter @RadMadLab1)
  • Former co President, Spectrum at Cal student organization at UC Berkeley.
  • Former Research Assistant, Golden Bear Mood Sleep Clinic & Hinshaw Lab
  • Former Associate Intern, World Enabled
  • I have enjoyed attending college sports. A highlight was Cal beating Stanford to bring home the coveted Axe trophy after the "Big Game" And winning the RedBox Bowl as well. 
  • Interact with other students, participate in group projects including 2 class debates, go to Daily Cal parties and events
  • And much more....
There's More:
  • Non Federal Member, Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee
  • Advisory Board, Autism Society of America, Feb 2021
  • Board Member of ASAN since Feb 2020
  • ACI Leadership Academy
  • Creative Consultant for an Australian Play "Helping Hands" on what Help means in Autism
  • Presented on various topics at conferences  tinyurl.com/108hari
  • All this just during my college years. There is stuff from before too - like I have written maybe around 200 poems besides other essays and short-stories (intent to write many books in the future). I received a National Gold Medal at Carnegie Hall, been published in a book by Scholastic that year with a forward by Nobel Laureate, Elie Wiesel. Got to participate in a National Archives Project - the results of which will be at the Smithsonian... 
  • My different thornier path has seen some patches of green grass along the way. 
I intent to do much more with my life. I sure hope grad school is in the cards for me.

The purpose of human existence is to help others and I dare dream I can do just that. 

A word I associate with myself is "Possibility- "Hari as Possibility

Many don't realize that Possibility actually precedes Opportunity. When the mind opens itself up to the thought of possibilities this in itself subtly suggest the existence of alternative paths. Out of this are born opportunities. Opportunities, that let you delve in and explore. And this is the just the beginning of my journey. 

Possibility...
Fortells sheer opportunities

Challenge the latent dormancy

A road to serendipity

Oh the Possibilities!


Without possibility...

There is no opportunity

Therefore no creativity

What a tragedy!

Look for possibilities!

 

In Possibility lies sensibility

A trove of conceivable contingencies

Absolute exponential probability

To overcome perceived dissimilarities

Explore the Possibilities!

Neurotransmitters flow in this autism mind.  I am just Uniquely Hari!!



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