Ability Beyond Disability

Rachel Barcellona: Autism Advocate, Model, Author, Singer, Actress, Pageant Winner

Passionate about advocating for Autism. Encouraging those with disabilities to accomplish anything.

I show people that I can do anything despite my disability. Be yourself no matter what, and don’t let others define who you are.”

Pageant Winner

I've competed in several pageants in order to build my confidence, winning many national titles and using my platform for autism awareness to make a difference; to show that I can do anything!


I love writing in my spare time, but it is one of my dreams to be a professional author. I am currently writing a series of YA historical fantasy novels that I hope to get published one day.


I love opera singing and enjoy entertaining people with my voice, because music is an international language that can make a difference in everyone's life! I've sang at Madison Square Gardens twice and at several other events throughout the years.

Spokesperson for Autism

I'm very passionate about advocating for autism because I was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3, so I've created my platform - "Ability Beyond Disability" to help encourage those with disabilities that they can accomplish anything. However, I am very passionate about helping people on a larger scale one day, so I'm studying to work at the United Nations.

Actress and Voiceover

I love to act, in front of and behind the camera! I enjoy doing voiceovers and played the role of "Pook" in an animated short called "Airburst, the Soda of Doom". I hope to venture even further into acting, as I've just been signed with a few agents.


I enjoy modeling and have walked in several shows for New York Fashion Week, which was a big deal for me. Modeling means breaking barriers for me, and every time I get onstage, I show people that I can do anything despite my disability. I've currently been signed to a modeling agency and hope to do more modeling in the future.

Rachel Barcellona

Rachel currently serves as a board member for C.A.R.D. USF, and SafeMinds, and is an ambassador for The Unicorn Children's Foundation, all which have impacted the lives of families and autistic children everywhere.

The Unicorn Children's Foundation has raised a quarter of a million dollars to help donate to families who don't have money for the necessary therapies/resources for their children.

Educational Accomplishments

National Honor Society
National Society of High School Scholars
Young Heroes Award
Advancement Via Individual Determination Honors Program
International Thespian Honor Society
High points for superior status at graduation
Superior for Best Student Directed Scene and Best One-Act District Thespian Competition

Community Service/Volunteer Work

CARD-USF Spring Sprint for Autism, Fiesta By The Bay
Cycling out Autism
Humane Society of Pinellas County
West Central Florida Girl Scouts Council
Swinging Gate Farm
Big Brother's Big Sister's
Toys for Tots
Raising Hope for Foster Teens
The Art of Animation Camp for Students with Disabilities
St. Joseph's Hospital
The Mr. Strong Foundation (Multiple Events)
The Inspire Foundation (Multiple Events)
Alzheimer's Association Manor Care Nursing Home and Alzheimer's Care
Give Kids the World Village
Children's Miracle Network
Conserve it Forward
Best Buddies International
The HEAL Foundation
National Autism Association
Safe Minds
We Speak For Them Autism and Special Needs Awareness
Unicorn Children's Foundation
The Parker Foundation
Yes of America
Macy's Miracles
Help Us Gather
Diversity Action Coalition
Els For Autism
Global Autism Project

Leadership Roles

Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD-USF) International Spokesperson and symposium panelist, recently elected Board member and speaker
Panelist and speaker at the World Arts and Film Festival
Treasurer of Advancement Via Individual Determination
Featured Speaker Fiesta by the Bay
Big Brother's Big Sister's Silent Auction Fundraiser and Annual Bowling Event
Best Buddies International; Mentoring Student Program
AVID National Video, Writer and Actress, Children's Theater Production
Radio Talk Show guest Positively Autistic International Broadcast and WGBB radio New York
Brand Ambassador Tiara Magazine, International platform of Anti-Bullying and Suicide prevention
Board of Directors Center for Autism and Related Disabilities University of South Florida
Ambassador for the Unicorn Children's Foundation
Honorary Board member Safe Minds Inc.
Ambassador Gift of Life USA
Global Video Network Launch Featured Stories

Honors and Awards

National Service Award US of America Volunteer Service
Florida Community Service Award;
National Youth Community Service Award
Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Metal for Volunteer Service
Art piece featured at Florida State Art Gallery
Tampa Mayor's Alliance volunteer service nomination and Outstanding Youth Services Award City of Tampa
Brand Ambassador for Tiara Magazine promoting suicide prevention
Role Model Award and Inspiration Award Supermodels Unlimited Magazine
Youth Board Member Conserve it Forward
Student Achievement Kindness Award, Outstanding Citizenship. and Character Student of the Month Award
Spirit of Pageantry Award twice !
The Prudential Spirit of Community Award Distinguished Finalist
Presidential Volunteer Service Award
Singing God Bless America and National Anthem at Madison Square Gardens
My Film Ability wins award at the World Arts and Film Festival
Guiding Star Award at the World Arts and Film Festival
Youth in Service Award Unicorn Children's Foundation
Ambassador for the Unicorn Children's Foundation
Letters of Congratulations from Governor of Florida and Senate Representatives for the work we have been doing to create Autism Awareness and Acceptance
National Youth Activist Triumph Award
Young Soloist Award

Fashion Rocks Autism

I've been attending Fashion Rocks Autism for a long time now, and it's safe to say that I love it so much! I can easily tell you that I love coming together with so many people to showcase what I'm capable of, as many people with autism are.

That's exactly what this show is about.

Fashion Rocks Autism has brought together two things that I love most - fashion and heavy metal! I love being able to walk onstage in a designer dress by Ella Pritsker Couture and then rocking out to AC/DC; that's the best! However, that's only the bare minimum. So many people are brought together to model not only clothes, but their capabilities. This is the part that I love the most...

Contact Rachel

You can reach Rachel by emailing her at rbarcellona@tampabay.rr.com