Florida lawyer with autism says parents should understand 'people on the spectrum have so many gifts'

Parents of autistic children have a responsibility to recognize and nurture their children's talents, which can come in different forms, the first openly autistic attorney to become a member of the Florida Bar Association said in an interview that aired Tuesday on Hill.TV's "Rising."

"Every child is different, and every person on the spectrum is different," Haley Moss told co-hosts Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton. "If you've met one autistic person, you've met one autistic person. So my advice to parents as well is to understand that people on the spectrum have so many gifts, and there's so many different ways to communicate."

Moss was sworn into the Florida Bar Association in January and has since made it her mission to advocate for children with disabilities.

"Even if you have an intellectual disability or are nonverbal, behavior is communication, there's iPads and type boards," she said. "There's so many different ways to communicate, and that there's so many things that we're good at it."

"It's up to parents to work to uncover the talents, and to encourage them, to nurture them," she added.

Before becoming a lawyer, Moss said she was warned that she might never obtain a driver's license or finish high school because of her autism.

She now specializes in anti-terrorism and health care law.

— Julia Manchester