Haley Moss broke new ground this May by becoming the first person with autism to pass the Florida bar exam.
According to a May 2019 report from trueactivist.com, Moss, 24, showed extraordinary talents from a young age. By age three, she was able to read, and had completed a 100-piece jigsaw puzzle. She was diagnosed with autism after her parents expressed concerns about her struggle to express herself verbally. At 15, Moss wrote her first book, entitled “Middle School – The Stuff Nobody Tells You About It: A Teenage Girl With ASD Shares Her First Experiences.” In the past ten years, she has contributed to a book of essays, written another book of her own, created art pieces, and led speaking engagements. She is also a staunch advocate on behalf of others with autism.
“I’ve always been raised to give back and help others in need and help the community,” she says. “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 began studying Law at the University of Miami. She says she was attracted to pursuing a legal career as a way to help others and give back to the community.
“Lawyers help their community,” she said. “What better way [to make a difference] than to become a lawyer?”
Moss graduated in May of 2018, and began working even before passing the bar exam. Today, Moss is practicing law focusing on international matters and healthcare. She hopes to inspire others on the spectrum to believe in achieving their dreams, and to positively impact other people’s lives.
“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,’ she says, “Yes, it’s definitely an impact.”