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A contestant with autism will make history in the Miss Florida pageant

Jun 08, 2019 - CNN

Growing up with autism, Rachel Barcellona was told to limit her expectations.

"I was basically promised that I would never graduate any school really or have any friends," she told CNN affiliate WFLA. "Pretty much everything bad was going to happen to me because I have autism."

Later this month, Barcellona, 22, will make history as the first contestant with autism to take the stage of the Miss Florida pageant.

"I want to use my voice to inspire hope to others," Barcellona told ...