Bonderman Travel Fellowship

Ather Sharif

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Computer Science and Engineering

Graduate

2024 Fellows

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA & Karachi, Pakistan

Travel Locations: Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Costa Rica, Japan, Vietnam, South Korea, Thailand

Ather aspires to embrace his disability identity by visiting Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Costa Rica, Japan, Vietnam, South Korea, and Thailand. By learning about these countries’ disability rights history and distinct physical infrastructure for wheelchair users, he hopes to enhance his perspectives, challenge his viewpoints, and identify real-life barriers disabled people face. He hopes to acquire first-hand knowledge of how people and vastly different cultures outside the United States perceive disability and accessibility. He intends to start a travel blog to assist other wheelchair users in making informed travel arrangements. Through Bonderman, he desires to keep moving forward toward living an independent life on par with those who do not face the same limitations as he does.