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Rachel Barcellona is a college student with autism who is about to try to win the Miss Florida crown.

“There’s this negative stigma that we are these special creatures that have to be treated carefully and that is not true,” Barcellona said.

She went onto say that she was promised that she would never graduate any school or have any friends, but that didn’t sit well with her or her family, especially her nurse practitioner mother.

For more of her inspiring story, read more at WSFA.com.

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