Haley Moses, 24, is the first autistic nominee to clear the Florida bar review to pursue an attorney’s career.
Moses has always been a diligent learner of nonverbal skills and at just 3 years of age was able to solve 100-piece puzzles. Her autism was diagnosed after her parents realized that she was having trouble expressing herself in words while being brilliant with nonverbal talents. After a year of tests and analysis came her diagnosis, she began speaking and was returned to a regular classroom.
Her first novel, “Middle School – The Stuff Nobody Tells You About It: A Teenage Girl With ASD Shares Her First Experiences” was written by Moses at the tender age of 15. This creative and high-spirited girl has also contributed to a book of essays, penned another book, delivered speeches and created art pieces.
Moses was a relentless advocate for people with autism and with her many talents, she overcame her one flaw. “I’ve always been raised to give back and help others in need and help the community. 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,” said Moses.
Moses decided to pursue law at the University of Miami with the expectation that she could create real-life influence and make a difference by being a lawyer. She graduated with flying colors in May 2018 and was able to secure a job even before she passed the bar.
Moses hopes to inspire everyone with her success and seeks to affirm that “nothing is impossible.” She believes all of her successes would mean the most if she could influence one person’s life on the path of hope and meaningfulness.
Moses is a motivational speaker and spoke for the first time at the age of 13 on a public platform—beginning with her life story. Moses, the first attorney with autism in Florida, practices law with an emphasis on international issues and health care.