Watch the moment Haley is being sworn as an attorney in the video below.
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A Florida woman has made history by becoming the state’s first lawyer with Autism.
When Haley Moss was 3 years of age, doctors told her parents that she would struggle to lead a normal life, to make friends, and to hold even a minimum wage job.
Haley’s parents, however, were determined to give their little girl the life she deserved. They believed their daughter could by anything she wanted to become, despite her Autism.
Fortunately, Haley was diagnosed at an early stage and they had enough time to get ahead of the girl’s condition.
They had the 3-year-old enrolled in an intervention program where she was subjected to regular occupational and speech therapy sessions.
As a result of this early intervention, Haley was able to talk by the age of four and attend a mainstream classroom like other kids of her age.
But she still faced many challenges while interacting socially.
People with Autism can’t communicate properly to other individuals so they usually restrict themselves from all social circles.
The severity of the condition depends on many factors and varies from person to person.
In its most severe form, an autistic person shows delays in the development of communication and other important social skills. They also show unusual interests and behaviors.
Consequently, it’s not easy for an autistic person to attend school, let alone make it to college and find a job.
Though several programs are in place to help this less-privileged part of society enter the workforce, the autistic persons are usually employed on lowly jobs with meager wages.
Haley, however, is a person who broke all the barriers associated with the condition.
Despite all the challenges that she faced throughout her academic career, she never gave up on herself.
Although she struggled to make friends during her elementary and high school years, her persistent efforts won her the hearts of almost everyone around her.
She was selected to the University of Florida where she graduated with a degree in criminology and psychology – something which is not easy for a person with Autism.
While in college, Haley even authored two books about how it was like to live with the condition.
The inspiring lady, who is now an advocate for neurodiversity, practices law in Florida as the state’s first lawyer with Autism.
The 24-year-old is, without any doubt, a glaring example of what one can achieve with determination, despite suffering from a condition as worse as Autism.
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