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Autism Spectrum Award

Els For Autism Spectrum Award2018 Els for 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.

Each year, the Foundation honors The Els for Autism Spectrum award winner at the Els for Autism Golf Challenge Grand Finale. This year’s Grand Finale will be October 28 & 29 in Palm Beach, FL.

Nomination Criteria: 

All nominees must:

  • Be an adult who identifies as having an Autism Spectrum Disorder (age 18+).
  • Give consent for their nomination. We ask that you discuss your intended nomination with the nominee and/or their guardian and secure their consent for the nomination.

Nominee may:

  • Have demonstrated a significant achievement in their own personal context.
  • Be an inspiration to other people with autism & a catalyst for helping people with autism fulfill their potential to lead positive, productive, and rewarding lives.
  • Be accomplished in any area of endeavor (arts, employment, community service, recreation, etc).

Nomination Process:

Nominations are due on or before September 1, 2018.

If you have submitted a nomination in the past and have not been selected, you are eligible to reapply.

Submit my nomination


For more information or for questions please contact:

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



Previous Winners

2017 Els for Autism Spectrum Award winner:

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.

Rachel has 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 is 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!


2016 Els for Autism Spectrum Award winner:

Gloria Mendoza

2015 Els for Autism Spectrum Award winner:

Joshua Deer