Haley Moss is the first person with autism to pass the Florida bar exam and successfully become an attorney at 24 years old.
At only three years old, she was able to complete 100-piece jigsaw puzzles and read by herself, although she was behind in speaking. After her parents realized that she was remarkably gifted in different non-verbal talents, yet found difficulty in expressing herself with words, her parents took her for a check-up and were told she had autism. A year after her diagnosis, she started speaking and was transferred to mainstream classrooms.
At the age of 15, Moss wrote her first book titled “Middle School – The Stuff Nobody Tells You About It: A Teenage Girl With ASD Shares Her First Experiences.” In the last ten years, she also contributed writing to a book of essays, completed another book, lead speaking engagements and created art pieces.
“I first shared my story at a conference when I was 13 years old,” 24-year-old Moss told CBS News. “I’ve always enjoyed getting to connect and share.”
By consistently proving countless times that her numerous abilities overcome her one disability, Moss continuously advocates for others with autism. “I’ve always been raised to give back and help others in need and help the community,” she 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 graduating from the University of Florida, Moss took up Law in the University of Miami. “I wanted to go to law school because I wanted to make a difference for other people,” she said. “Lawyers help their community. What better way [to make a difference] than to become a lawyer.” She graduated in May of 2018 and successfully got a job even before passing the bar.
As of today, Moss is practicing law that is mainly focused on international matters and healthcare. She plans to inspire everyone else in the spectrum with her success, showing them that nothing is impossible. If she can make a difference in a person’s life, then everything she has succeeded in doing will be worth it.
“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.”