University of Alabama at Birmingham
Rising Undergraduate Senior
Suhas is a rising senior at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and a master’s degree in public health. His own experiences living with a stutter have inspired him to work on eliminating health care disparities and enhancing the quality of treatment for people with disabilities around the world. Suhas is a peer advocate for the disabled at the Center for Independent Living in Birmingham, Ala. In this role, he helps people with disabilities learn the skills they need to live independently. He has also collaborated with the University of Colorado's Disability Equality Center to help create a manual for ADA hospital coordinators. Suhas remains active in the disability community in his hometown of Hyderabad, India. He has volunteered with the National Institute for the Empowerment of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (NIEPID) and is currently collaborating with the NIEPID to plan and conduct a research study into the barriers to high-quality healthcare for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in India. He aims to eventually have a global impact with his disability advocacy work.