Journey to Attorney
I graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology & Law as well as a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2015. I completed both degrees in three years. After my time at UF, I attended the University of Miami School of Law, where I was fortunate to be named a Miami Public Interest Scholar committed to promoting access to justice for all. I was the Student Commencement Speaker at my law school graduation in May 2018. When Haley was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2019, she made international headlines as Florida’s first documented openly autistic attorney. Today, I advocate for the legal profession to embrace neurodiversity.
An Acclaimed Author
I am the author of four books: “Middle School: The Stuff Nobody Tells You About,” “A Freshman Survival Guide for College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Stuff Nobody Tells You About,” “Great Minds Think Differently: Neurodiversity for Lawyers and Other Professionals,” and “The Young Autistic Adult’s Independence Handbook.” My original writings about autism and neurodiversity appeared in The Washington Post, Teen Vogue, Bustle, FastCompany and numerous other websites and publications. I also contributed original essays and articles to several published anthologies, including Chicken Soup For the Soul.
An Accomplished Artist
I am also an artist whose style is best described as an influence between pop art and anime with its varying color palettes and whimsical style. I often donate and auction off my original paintings and prints to benefit nonprofits that serve individuals with disabilities and their communities. I hope my artwork makes you smile and brightens your day.
I have been actively involved in autism advocacy beginning when I spoke at a conference when I was 13 and eventually shared that I was autistic with my classmates during my freshman year of high school. Numerous nonprofit organizations recognized my efforts as an active fundraiser and philanthropist. As an advocate, I bring issues facing autistic people and their perspectives to the forefront through her writing and speaking, alongside her fundraising through artwork. I currently serve on the constituency board of UM-NSU CARD and volunteer.
I am also an engaging speaker who enjoys sharing my story! My audiences say they relate to my sense of humor and profound wisdom. My audiences include autistic people, students, professionals, parents, nonprofit and corporate executives, and more.
Some of my favorite topics to speak about are the importance of neurodiversity and autism acceptance, autism and women, autism in the workplace, transitions to adulthood, college, middle school, high school, and overcoming obstacles – and also a little bit of disability law and policy.