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3/27/2020 Member News

Autistic Florida Bar Association member to discuss her journey

 

 

 

 

 In recognition of World Autism Awareness Day, Haley Moss, Esq. will be joining the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions (ISPS) at St. Petersburg College for an online conversation about her journey from diagnosis as a child to becoming the first Florida Bar Association member to identify as autistic. This programming will be hosted via Zoom from 12:30-2 p.m. on Thursday, April 2.

Moss will address the importance of economic empowerment and workforce equity. Also, joining the conversation is Martha Lenderman, who will share her expertise on the Baker Act, highlighting basic provisions of the act and the common challenges families and law enforcement face in cases where support and enforcement options have been limited. 

At the age of 3, Moss was diagnosed with autism. She made international headlines by becoming the first documented openly autistic attorney admitted to The Florida Bar. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law in 2018, and graduated from the University of Florida in 2015 with Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Criminology.

Following her admission to the Bar, Moss became aware that less than one percent of lawyers reported having a disability. When she was an associate attorney practicing in healthcare and international law, she realized her impact in the field of inclusion as a sought-out public speaker across the nation. To help revolutionize the practice of law, she founded her own company to lead the charge of working with businesses and law firms to hire and retain autistic and neurodiverse talent.

She has been featured in major media such as the TODAY Show, Forbes, CNN, USA Today, Yahoo! and People.

Registration is required at solutions.spcollege.edu.  Those who register will receive a Zoom link that will provide access to this virtual program. For more information, call 727-394-6942.