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NFBTX Person to Know: Angel Michelli

April 23, 2024

Photo shows Angel Michelli standing, holding her white cane with its pink handle.

April’s Person to Know is Miss Angel Denise Michelli of the Bay Area Chapter, who joined the NFB in December 2022.  She loves the experience of being a part of the NFB and attending the monthly meetings is awesome. “It makes me keep going back,” she stated. She attends with her friends, Heidi Tran and her daughter, Faith.  She also loves attending the Blind Fencing monthly instructional trainings with the group.

Angel lives with her Mom and Dad, younger sister, and three dogs, Lucita, Traveler, and Zenia, in League City, Texas.  She was born blind in Webster, Texas.  She had clouded corneas, cataracts, glaucoma, and the beginnings of detached retinas in both eyes when she was born.  Angel is also Autistic. She became a cane user around the age of 5. She’s a very girly girl and has added a splash of pink to her cane. Angel reads braille and uses her iPhone for all of her communications, which includes talking to friends through social media and on the phone.

Angel attended summer camp at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) in 2005 when she was 9 years old. After that, she attended 3rd-8th grades at TSBVI, then attended Clear Springs High School. Angel enjoys attending the Special Olympics Friendship Dance held every summer in Clear Lake at Challenger Stadium. She loves to dress up and has long hair she loves to do nice things with. She can French braid and is learning to do crown braids. She also tells us that she is not afraid of using a curling iron.

Angel spends her time going to Mountain Horizons, an organization for individuals with disabilities, with her sister. She loves to laugh and sing. She belts out, “In this life, I was loved by you.” Angel loves cheese! Her favorite cheese dish is cheese raviolis from Ivett’s, an Italian Restaurant in her hometown. On top of that, her favorite dessert is anything with chocolate. Angel likes to tell jokes and her favorite music is old country and Christian. She now begins singing, “Going to the Chapel and we’re gonna get married.”

We close with Angel telling us she was never limited to anything because her parents never told her she couldn’t do anything, besides driving a car. She jokingly tells us, she can drive…her parents crazy!

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