Amanda Harrinauth is a young poet with disabilities. Her’s include vision impairment, hydrocephalus, autism, and intellectual disabilities. Those disabilities make an everyday tasks a bit more difficult. Growing up she felt different. She was not like her “normal” classmates. Poetry gave her an outlet to express how she was feeling and the frustrations of simply being her. It was the poetry and the support of special education, friends, and family that helped encourage her to explore and achieve my goals.
Harrinauth enjoys sharing her story and poetry with the community. She has been a motivational speaker since 2012. She lectured at Berkeley High School, Holy Names University (2013) and Garfield Elementary School (2013). She co-facilitated the Young Independent People Conference for the Center for Independent Living (2014). And I have been featured in numerous short student films at the Academy of Art University. Her poems have been published in the Berkeley Times, ABILITY Magazine, and Writing for My Sanity by Melony Hill.