Kayla Rodriguez is Puerto Rican, she was diagnosed with Aspergers when she was a child, but she prefers to identify as Autistic. Kayla is originally from New York, currently resides in Buford, Georgia. Throughout her school years she struggled to identify her passion for a career. After high school, she made connections with autistic self-advocates and realized advocacy was her calling. She learned advocacy in the Bobby Dodd Institute Ambassador Program, the GaLEND (Georgia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) program and the My Voice My Participation My Board program. Kayla has spoken in several panels and she won the Golden Goal Goldie Award for Young Community Advocate and the Bobby Dodd Institute Empowers Luminaries Award. Her first ever work experience, which was a paid internship at GCDD (Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities) and is currently figuring out her next step. In addition to advocating for autistic people and people with disabilities, she plans to advocate for Latinx and other people of color’s rights, diabetes healthcare, mental health and sexual assault survivors in the future. In her free time, Kayla loves to play video games, watch movies especially animated ones, loves rock/alternative/indie music and hang out with her friends. She was VP and Chief Ambassador of Autistic Self-Advocacy Atlanta. Now she is on the Board of Directors for the Autistic Women and Non-Binary Network.