The proud father shared that his daughter Rachel just earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography & Media from California Institute of the Arts.
Jay Handlin is a proud father and he is not ashamed to express his joy! There's no greater joy for a parent than seeing their child achieve great things in life. While 2020 robbed graduates the opportunity to don their robes and hats, it hasn't stopped people like Rachel Handlin from achieving the best. Handlin took to Twitter to share the good news with the world. His daughter Rachel just earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography & Media from California Institute of the Arts. The tweet has since gained over 220k likes and 19k retweets.
He wrote: This is my daughter, Rachel Handlin. Tonight, she earned her full Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography & Media from the prestigious California Institute of the Arts, @CalArts. Rachel has #Downsyndrome. I am officially the proudest father on the planet. Fight me. Despite Down Syndrome, she's managed to graduate from college, and that honestly is quite a feat. Pediatric Therapy Network reveals: In the global Down syndrome population, college degree recipients are one in a million. Today, former PTN client Rachel Handlin will earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in photography and media from the California Institute of the Arts! We couldn’t be more proud of her!
According to her dad's Twitter feed, Rachel is into a lot of extra-curricular activities as well. Rachel shares all of her work via her Instagram handle and they are so beautiful, and it just goes on to prove that she's really talented! Last year, Ruby's Rainbow, a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading awareness of the capabilities of people with Down syndrome and supporting their dreams of higher education, shared a bit about Rachel. It read: She has had numerous photography exhibitions in galleries in both the United States and abroad; her most recent exhibition, titled “Scooter Shots,” was a series of photographs scooter side-view mirror reflections, on display in a New York gallery.
She also recently completed a ceramics independent study at CalArts, and has been blending that medium with photography to create unique effects. She started the View Camera Club on campus for students who are majoring in photography, and she works as a bartender at weekly gallery shows. Rachel says that her “Scooter Shots” demonstrate her ability to “see things other people don’t see.” She plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Fine Arts after she graduates from CalArts. Her teacher Rafael Hernandez also shared a picture of them together, adding: Rachel was in my first lighting class I taught at calarts, im so happy to have been there to be a part of her journey at calarts.
Several people commented on Jay's post congratulating them while a lot of others shared their own experiences. User @upsadaizy wrote: Rachel is a poster girl for what people can achieve. And I'll bet she's also the proudest daughter on the planet to have a father who encouraged her to be anything she wanted. Congratulations to you both! @thenickpepper added: For anyone it is an achievement, but to succeed when you are facing other challenges and prejudices too, well this is actually remarkable. What a fine talented young woman, and what a wonderful and supportive father. I wish her luck in her future endeavors.
Sure - I'll fight you.— Scott Bentley (@bentman013) May 17, 2020
This is my 4 year old daughter, Isabelle. She too, has #DownSyndrome.
Congratulations to your daughter and thank you both for paving the way so my daughter can have the same future. pic.twitter.com/viliv11K6V
Way to go, Rachel! Here’s my bro Todd with @patrickcarney & their Akron FHS Hall of Fame portraits. Pat’s pretty cool but Todd‘s got a black belt in karate, won gold 🏊♂️ for the @specialolyUSA at the World Games in China, & has his own greeting card biz. Downs folks can DO 💪 pic.twitter.com/a89YaTZCez— Justin Eisinger (@JustinEisinger) May 17, 2020
Congratulations, Rachel, and thank you for sharing this, Jay! What an inspiration and proof that our kids have SO MUCH to offer this world. So happy for you both 💙💛 (shameless pic of my handsome boy - WNHS class of 2021😉) pic.twitter.com/eckwDIVwMv— Holly Besaw (@holly_besaw) May 17, 2020
Congratulations to your brilliant daughter! I hope my own little girl, who also has that extra chromosome, will be so successful. pic.twitter.com/pNEwCGoWsR— The Irish For 🏠👫 (@theirishfor) May 17, 2020
I feel you - featured: my brother winning his school board’s award of excellence for treating people with respect and dignity. Couldn’t ask for anything more than a kid with a kind heart and a great sense of humour. pic.twitter.com/n70LytCIVM— Jasmine Attfield (@jattfield) May 17, 2020
Thank you so much for sharing this. Congratulations to Rachel & you! ❤️This is our daughter, Kyra, she is completely deaf & autistic, and has fine motor skill issues that make it so she can’t sign. We’re currently trying to teach her the alphabet. You give us so much hope. pic.twitter.com/ruRJGrOZmj— Ka Wade (@KadambariM) May 18, 2020