Rachel Barcellona

I graduated high school in 2015 and just successfully completed my first year of College. I am an advocate for those with disabilities. I have created my platform, The Ability Beyond Disabilities, to inspire those that have challenges to strive for their dreams as well as to educate those who might not understand the challenges we face.
As an individual with Asperger’s Syndrome—a form of autism, I often felt like I could not do things, people with disabilities or anyone who is different are often targets for bullies as I was, but because of my life and social experience, I have overcome many challenges. Today I am the International spokesperson for the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University of South Florida (CARD-USF).
An award winning thespian obtaining superiors at the Florida Thespian State competition, a model, and is currently writing a book. I am also a member of the International Thespian Honor Society, an honor student and vocalist. I was proud to win the student achievement award, the Presidential volunteer service award, the national triumph award and chosen out of the entire state of Florida as a Prudential spirit of community distinguished finalist for volunteer service. I have won many state and national titles and currently holds the title of Miss Florida International. I competed at nationals this summer and place top 10 in the world! I work with several organizations that provide services to individuals with disabilities including therapy such as occupational and physical along with music and art therapy.
My plan for the future is to graduate from University with a degree in journalism and hope to travel the world!

Saturday. January 21. 2017 Lunch & Learn #13 12:30pm-1:30pm