Before going head long into a speaking and writing career, Rachel (Zamek) Cornell challenged the odds by becoming the first legally blind visual artist to receive a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Michigan. After graduation, she enjoyed a prolific career as a professional mixed media artist. Cornell has shown her work throughout the United States, as well as participated in such prestigious shows as the International Assemblage Artist Exhibition in Berlin, Germany.
Rachel captivates her audiences with her spirited, boldly honest conversations about the distinction between being disabled and being a person with a disability. Cornell argues, and argues passionately, that it is not a disability that will cripple and limit your life. It is how you think that creates limitations and insurmountable barriers.
Cornell wants everyone to learn to live a barrier free life, and she is relentless in her mission.