Neshanth Shanmugalingam

Neshanth Shanmugalingam

Executive Committee

  1.  Who am I:My name is Neshanth Shanmugalingam and I am a Program Manager at the South Asian Autism Awareness Centre(SAAAC). I completed my undergrad at the University of Toronto with a Specialist Honours Degree in Mental Health Studies. I have also completed the Ontario Graduate Certificate Program for Autism and Behaviour Sciences.
  1. What is my passion in life:  Mental health is a topic that has been dear to my heart ever since I was a kid. At a young age, a good friend of mine was affected by mental health and it was confusing for me to understand. Since then, I wanted to better understand mental health so I could help those that have been impacted by it. For the past 7 years, I have been working with individuals with autism and their families.
  1. Why am I here: I am here to defeat ignorance, embrace differences and conquer stigmas associated with autism.  
  1. What does philanthropy mean to me: I am a big believer in equality. Over the past years, I have seen many populations that have been marginalized due to a variety of reasons. I want to make sure that there are people out there to advocate for these individuals but also teach these individuals and their families how to advocate for themselves.
  1. What impact do I want to make as part of the AS2YP family: I want to continue to build awareness around autism. It is important for the public to better understand autism so that stigmas and barriers can be broken. I want help identify the leaders in our community so they can promote equality and welfare amongst all. 
  1. If I could travel anywhere in the world with a knapsack, a journal and my favourite chocolate bar, where would it be: I would love to travel to the Northwest Territories so I could enjoy the beautiful landscape.