Welcome and Opening Keynote – Assembly Required
Autism does not come with an instruction manual, but it does come with lots of magical parts and important tools to build the best life possible. Assembly Required is the story of Haley Moss: an autistic attorney who has gone from a nonverbal child diagnosed with autism at age 3, to an author, artist, attorney, and autism advocate. This keynote explores Haley’s journey, the assembly of her village, finding her written and spoken voice, looking to the future full of hope, inspiration, and excitement as she writes the next, ongoing chapter in her life as a practicing lawyer. This presentation also explores neurodiversity, acceptance, and explores the perspectives of how society views autism and related disabilities with a gentle challenge and inspiring the future where barriers are meant to be removed for people with disabilities.