Rachel Ferreira is a bright and active student at URI. She majors in Health Studies, minors in Leadership Studies, and spends her time advocating on behalf of people with disabilities – or “diffabilities” – a term she coined to illuminate that everyone offers something different. Rachel lives with Cerebral Palsy, but doesn’t define herself by the condition. She embraces it is a part of who she is and uses it as a platform to enlighten and inspire. Recently, Rachel auditioned to give a TEDx talk on campus and was one of a handful selected from 100. She auditioned with an impromptu speech about her own experiences sailing with SAIL TO PREVAIL, Rhode Island’s Disabled Sailing Center that offers therapeutic sailing to over 1500 children and adults with disabilities each year. “Sail to Prevail taught me I can do anything,” she says.
Founded in 1982, Sail to Prevail rebranded in 2010 to better reflect its mission. Programs promote the mind, body and spirit philosophy and encourage participation aboard their fleet of specially adapted 20- foot sailboats. Measurable outcomes include increased self-confidence and leadership skills. Says the organization’s CEO Paul Callahan, “Rachel truly is a Leading Lady among so many in Rhode Island. Sail To Prevail is fortunate and honored to have been part of her journey.”
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