In January of 2019 Haley Moss, was admitted to the Florida bar. Making her the first openly-known lawyer with autism in her state. Moss graduated from the University of Miami Law School and is currently practicing law at Zumpano, Patricios, & Winker, a firm in Coral Gables, Florida. Her work focuses on aiding people with law issues pertaining to healthcare and international matters.
At the age of just three-years-old, Moss could read books above her reading level and solve 100-piece jigsaw puzzles. However, she never spoke, which her parents found concerning. Moss was soon diagnosed with non-verbal, high functioning autism. The following year, she began speaking and quickly caught the attention of teachers. Moss was taken out of special education classes and placed into a mainstream learning environment, where she excelled. Although Moss didn’t talk during the beginning stages of her life, she went on to graduate law school in May 2018, where she delivered a speech at the commencement ceremony.
Moss’s transition into becoming the woman she is today wasn’t seamless. Many hardships of her journey are disclosed in her two novels. Respectively titled “Middle School: The Stuff Nobody Tells You About” and “A Freshman Survival Guide for College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Stuff Nobody Tells You About!”.
In addition to writing books, Moss also often speaks at conferences for people on the spectrum and creates art. Moss shared with CBS News that “if she makes a difference in just one person’s life, her advocacy is worth it”.
Moss exemplifies what can occur when you overcome personal challenges, making her a good role model for people on the spectrum.