The Access Ramp to Volunteering

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 Hari Srinivasan, writer of his experiences as a non-verbal autistic student at UC Berkeley

Hari Srinivasan, writer of his experiences as a non-verbal autistic student at UC Berkeley

The author of this article brings up an interesting, probably unexplored question of the acceptance of the disabled to volunteer. While perhaps, limited by their disability, often they are overlooked by their ability.  

 Per Hari, many people traditionally think that volunteering requires social interaction skills and the ability to handle oneself physically well in face-to-face interactions. There are many nuances to volunteering — you may have to travel somewhere, meet people, explain, physically assist and have decent fine motor skills.

But he triumphed by doing image description and translating data heavy field reports. 

And now he is writing a column for the Daily Californian, while not typically a volunteer position, still a worthwhile endeavor to bring about points of view to raise awareness about issues that differently-abled students face on a daily basis. Hopefully he will be able to help contribute toward improving the quality of life for other special-needs individual by changing attitudes of people around them. What a great contribution that would be!

Check out the full article here http://www.dailycal.org/2018/04/05/access-ramp-volunteering/

Karen Korman