Woman With Autism Passes The Bar And Becomes An Attorney In Florida

Woman With Autism Passes The Bar And Becomes An Attorney In Florida

Meet the 24-year old Haley Moss, the first person with autism admitted to the Florida Bar and successfully becoming a lawyer.

When Haley was a 3-year toddler, she could read and do 100-piece jigsaw puzzles. However, she had difficulty speaking. When her parents saw that she is incredibly talented for other non-verbal skills but experiencing a hard time talking, they took her for a check-up. They were told their daughter had autism. Haley started talking one year later, so she was transferred to mainstream classrooms.

The talented girl wrote a book about her experience at school at the age of 15, titled: “Middle School – The Stuff Nobody Tells You About It: A Teenage Girl With ASD Shares Her First Experiences.”

Since then, she had completed another book, contributed writing to a book of essays, created art pieces, and lead speaking engagements.

I first shared my story at a conference when I was 13 years old, Haley told CBS News. I’ve always enjoyed getting to connect and share.

She never stops proving to people that her many abilities overcome her one disability, thus advocating for other people with autism.

I’ve always been raised to give back and help others in need and help the community, Haley said. It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes an even bigger village to raise a child with a disability … I realized by sharing my story, I could be a part of someone else’s village.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, Haley enrolled at the University of Miami School of Law.

I wanted to go to law school because I wanted to make a difference for other people, Haley said.

Lawyers help their community. What better way [to make a difference] than to become a lawyer.

Haley managed to get a job even before passing the bar, graduating in May 2018.

Today, she is practicing law with a focus on international matters and health care. She doesn’t plan to stop creating art or writing, and her dream is to inspire as many people as she can with her success. She wants to show everyone that nothing is impossible. According to Haley, if she succeeds in making a difference in only one person’s life, her whole journey is worth it.

Here’s what she says:

Whether it’s somebody on the spectrum that says ‘Thank you for sharing your story,’ or it’s a parent of a newly-diagnosed child that tells me, ‘Wow, you gave me so much hope for my kid. I can’t wait to see what my kid’s going to be able to do when they get older.’ Yes, it’s definitely an impact.

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