Haley Moss: Attorney, Author, Artist, and Advocate
Posted on April 22, 2019 by Ann
You’re going to be lucky
if your child makes a friend,
if she holds a driver’s license,
if she holds a minimum wage job.
These were the words Haley Moss’s parents heard after she was diagnosed at the age of 3.
However, her parents did not allow the negativity to stop them from enveloping their child in love, support and encouragement.
It was a lazy day over the summer. I was obsessed with Harry Potter at the time. That day, my mom and I had a talk about autism for the first time. She explained how like Harry, I was different, different isn’t bad, and different could be extraordinary.
Today, Haley Moss has made history by being the first openly autistic lawyer be admitted to the Florida bar. Not only that, she is also an author, an artist, and an advocate for autism.
Haley had completed two degrees within 3 years (Bachelor of Arts in Criminology & Law and Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2015). She then went on to graduate from the University of Miami School of Law. She passed the bar exam and became a member of the Florida Bar on 11 January 2019.
Haley said that she did very well academically in school but struggled with making friends. This prompted her to write her books Middle School: The Stuff Nobody Tells You About and A Freshman Survival Guide for College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Haley’s parents also encouraged her gift in painting and she has developed her own whimsical style as an artist. Her works are available for sale on her website:
Haley is actively involved in autism advocacy and currently serves on the constituency board of University of Miami – Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD).
She attributed her success to her upbringing:
I know that’s why I have the confidence and positive attitude I do about autism and that I am very accepting and aware of who I am as a person. It really shaped for me that different isn’t bad and it isn’t less. Having that foundation at a young age really made a difference because I’m sure you know that it’s very easy to feel insecure or confused or self-doubt during adolescence, and I’ve always been confident in my identities and that being on the spectrum isn’t anything to be ashamed of!
Today, she hopes to keep helping others on the autism spectrum and making a difference for the community.
Research has indicated that early detection and intervention can improve a child’s overall development and lead to optimal outcomes for children with autism. Parents can also better prepare themselves and learn how to support their child at key developmental stages, together with the help of other professionals and specialists.
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Jacobs, E. (2019, February 18). Woman becomes first openly autistic person admitted to Florida bar. Retrieved from https://nypost.com/2019/02/18/woman-becomes-first-openly-autistic-person-admitted-to-florida-bar/
Moss, H. Haley Moss’s official website. Retrieved from https://haleymoss.net/
Murphy, J. (2016, February 4). Haley Moss: “Different Isn’t Bad and It Isn’t Less”. Retrieved from https://geekclubbooks.com/2016/02/haley-moss-different-isnt-bad/