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Autism Spectrum Award

The Els for Autism Spectrum Award honors an individual with autism spectrum disorder who has shined a positive light on autism through his/her character, positive attitude and contribution.

Els for Autism Foundation announced the 2017 award recipient at the annual Els for Autism Golf Challenge Grand Finale on Oct. 27, 2017 in Palm Beach, Florida. Previous winners include Joshua Deer and Gloria Mendoza.


2017 Els for Autism Spectrum Award winner:

Rachel Barcellona is a compelling advocate for people with disabilities.  Currently, Rachel is the international spokesperson for the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) at the University of South Florida and was recently elected to their executive board of directors.  She was named ambassador for the Unicorn Children’s Foundation and works with this international organization to help people with neurodiversity.


She’s won the titles of:

  • Miss Largo’s Outstanding Teen in 2014
  • Miss Florida Collegiate in 2015
  • Miss Florida International in 2016
  • Miss Southeast International 2017

She’s a member of the International Thespian Honor Society and is an honor student and vocalist who loves sing opera.  Congratulations to Rachel Barcellona the 2017 recipient of the Els Autism Spectrum Award!

Please check back for the 2018 nomination information and nomination application.

Criteria for a nomination:
  • Open to any adult (age 18+) who identifies as having an autism spectrum disorder
  • Significant achievement in their own personal context
  • An inspiration to other people with autism and a catalyst for helping people with autism fulfill their potential to lead positive, productive and rewarding lives
  • In any area of endeavor (arts, employment, community service, recreation, etc)
  • The nominee has given consent for this nomination. We ask that you discuss your intended nomination with the nominee and/or their guardian and secured their consent to be nominated.

For more information contact:

Dr. Kerri Morse, Adult Services Manager
Phone: 561- 320-9523