Rudraaksh Karthick Bhuvaneswari

Rudraaksh Karthick Bhuvaneswari is a freshman at the University at Buffalo, where he is studying computer science, politics, and mathematics. He plans to pursue a master’s degree in computer science after graduation. At UB, he’s an active member of the rowing team, College Democrats, Diversity in Tech, Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, and the Outdoor Adventure Club. He is a member of and participates in Active Minds and Best Buddies. Rudraaksh, an international student from New Delhi, India, was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, dyslexia, and dysgraphia when he was 6. His primary school teachers saw him through the lens of his label, and their limited understanding of autism and learning differences made school challenging. He was often described as awkward and ungainly due to his poor motor skills and weak muscle tone. Through hard work, resilience, grit, determination, and unwavering parental support, Rudraaksh succeeded academically. His passion for swimming helped him grow into a competent varsity swimmer. As an ardent advocate of acceptance of people with learning differences, he has addressed 700+ people through his webinars, helping to spread awareness about invisible disabilities and remove misconceptions about them. He has created a website that details his experiences with LD and the need for creating a welcoming environment in schools and in society. Rudraaksh enjoys spending time with dogs, gymming, experimenting with outdoor sports and activities, and exploring world cuisines.

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