Tampa Bay woman will be first contestant with autism to compete in Miss Florida

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A Tampa Bay woman is about to make history as the first person with autism to compete in Miss Florida.

The competition will be held in Lakeland later in June. 

“I was basically promised that I would never graduate any school really or have any friends. Pretty much everything bad was going to happen to me because I have autism,” said Rachel Barcellona . . . 

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