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Her doctor said she might never fully speak. In May she gave the commencement speech at the University of Miami School of Law and will now start her career at the firm Zumpano Patricios.
In 1997, a doctor told Rick and Sherry Moss that their 3-year-old daughter Haley had not yet spoken because she is autistic.
Their daughter would likely never graduate from high school, the doctor said, never make a friend, never get a driver’s license.
Haley Moss has never allowed labels to define her, but she’s willing to make a small exception for her latest accomplishment.
The 24-year-old artist, published author, and autism activist, passed the Florida Bar exam in September, capping off three-years at the University of Miami School of Law.
Artist and author Haley Moss will be the first to tell you that her eighth grade year wasn’t exactly fun.
“I went to three schools in three years,” she told an audience at Ellis Middle School on Tuesday. “I don’t think I made one friend in that year.”
But that year also spurred her first attempts at writing which years later would eventually contribute to her book “Middle School: the Stuff No One Tells You About.”
TO WHOM DID YOU CHOOSE TO DISCLOSE YOUR ASD, AND WHY? HOW WAS THAT EXPERIENCE FOR YOU?
Fact: Given that I was already on national television (CNN), met many celebrities, and have written a book about autism, my ASD status has not been exactly a mystery. Most icebreakers with meeting new people involved my “fun fact” relating to one of those things. I disclosed to some people in more detail, so I will share those here:
A UF student with high-functioning autism wants to help incoming freshmen survive their first year of college.
Haley Moss, a 19-year-old UF psychology and criminology senior, published her second book on Monday. The book, “A Freshman Survival Guide for College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Stuff Nobody Tells you About!,” is about her experiences during her first year of college.
The 10th annual Samsung Hope for Children event in New York last week featured former President Bill Clinton and celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Demi Moore, Dan Marino, and Jimmie Johnson, but a Parkland teenager who uses her artistic talents to help raise money for charities ended up winning the most hearts.
Fifteen-year-old Haley Moss is a talented artist whose artwork is on display in several galleries. She recently got a book published called Middle School: The Stuff Nobody Tells You filled with tons of advice on navigating through the often-tough world of middle school.
Blogs and Assorted Misc. Interviews
Haley, I don’t know where to begin! You do so many things…artist, author and autism advocate. Why don’t we start by having you share what it was like growing up on the autism spectrum.
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