Hari Srinivasan is a minimally-speaking autistic student at UC Berkeley, Psychology major, Disability Studies minor, Phi Beta Kappa and Haas Scholar. He is a student journalist for the Daily Californian, student instructor for a class on autism, research assistant at the UC Berkeley Lab and was the first nonspeaking president of the student body, Autism:Spectrum At Cal. Hari hopes to bring attention to issues which impact disabled people in myriad areas and across the lifespan. He also wants to emphasize the urgency to include and address the issues faced by the more marginalized groups and higher support needs within the autism and larger disability community, including their mental, physical healthcare needs and comorbidities. When the voices of select groups get left out of the conversation, it negatively impacts their access to spaces, resources, funding, policy and quality of life. Hari was recently selected to serve on the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, which advises federal policy and priorities around autism. He also enjoys creative writing and poetry.
Madeline Barger, MS, LMFT, BCBA, AASECT-CST is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and Certified Sex Therapist with the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. Barger brings gratitude and learning from her 11-year neurodivergent relationship at home, and her extensive experience with autistic adults in clinical practice and the community. Madeline provides consultation on a national scale for people supporting autistic adults with relationships, including friendship, intimate relationships, and sexuality within her private practice, Madison Mind, LLC. Barger is also the Lead Clinician and Program Lead for autistic teens and adults in the Waisman Center Treatment Programs wherein she serves teens and adults, their families both individually and in the group context, to explore and meet their personal goals.
Hunter Hansen is an autistic content creator on YouTube and Instagram and a blogger on thelifeautistic.com. After discovering his autism in his late teens, Hunter tried to outgrow and suppress his autistic traits for years, until coming to terms and embracing his identity as an autistic adult. He has since turned that suppression into passion, advocating for greater understanding and appreciation of autism and autistic people. Hunter works for a major tech company as a business analyst and lives in the Denver area with his wife and three daughters.
Doug Blecher is the founder of Autism Personal Coach, an organization that for the last 8-plus years has provided coaching to autistic teens and adults to help them reduce their daily overwhelm and get the things they want and need in their lives. The coaching provided by Autism Personal Coach is in person or through zoom, so no matter where you live you can access these coaching services. Additionally, Doug is deeply connected to the autistic community as he hosts 3 podcasts in which he talks with autistic adults about their daily experiences, successes, challenges, and gets their advice. To learn more about Autism Personal Coach, visit autismpersonalcoach.com.