18. Accessibility at the Forefront, with Haley Moss

Discover what’s possible when difference becomes an asset. 

Haley Moss is an attorney, author, artist, speaker, and autism self-advocate. At only 25 years old, she has already published two books. The first is titled Middle School: The Stuff Nobody Tells you About, and the second is A Freshman Survival Guide for College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Stuff Nobody Tells you About. Her writing and artwork have been featured throughout media outlets such as The Huffington Post, Teen Vogue, and CNN, to name a few. Haley is currently working on a third book, in which she aims to demystify stigmas around disability within the legal profession. Haley also hosts a podcast called Spectrumly Speaking, with Dr. Lori Butts. 

In today’s show, Haley shares how she navigated social norms during her school days, what a sensory overload experience feels like for her, and how her strengths as an autistic person have advanced her career. 

As an attorney, Haley offers valuable insight about the history of the Americans with Disabilities Act and explains why employers need to strive for inclusion and accessibility in the workplace. 

Other topics we discuss are benevolent ableism, the effects of social media on the neurodiversity movement, whether autism is a disorder or a difference, and the dangers of eugenics. 

To learn more about Haley and her work, please visit her website haleymoss.net and follow her on Instagram @haleymossart

Resources:

Autism in the Workplace (2016) 

Why is the Autistic Unemployment Rate So High (2018) 

Labor Force Statistics for People with Disabilities (2019) 

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