Kerry Magro was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) at age 4. Growing up, he dealt with many difficulties in regards to sensory integration, motor problems, overall social interaction and communication delays. After being re-diagnosed at 6, Kerry's future was very uncertain.
Today however, after countless hours of therapy and the support of a loving family, Kerry has conquered many of his challenges. Now 24 years old, he is a graduate student in Strategic Communications and Leadership at Seton Hall University. Along with being a full-time student, Kerry is also the co-host of Autism Radio: Hope Saves The Day, a life coach, motivational speaker, and writes a personal blog called My Autism My Voice, and an aspiring author.
Kerry has also become a tireless advocate for students with disabilities around the state and nationally. He has appeared on Emmy-winner Steve Adubato’s Caucus Education Show, “One-on-One with Steve Adubato,” writes a blog for Autism Speaks, has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, and served as an advisor on the movie Joyful Noise starring Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton. Kerry recently met Senator Robert Menendez to discuss the reauthorization of The Combating Autism Act. For his efforts, last summer Kerry received the 2011 Outstanding Individual with Autism Award from the Autism Society of America.
In the coming months, Kerry hopes to complete his first book, based on his college experience. He is also in the process of launching a nonprofit KFM Making a Difference in The Community.
Note: Kerry's book was originally titled, “College on the Spectrum: A Guide to Surviving College with A Disability.” The title will be changed as it coincides with a trademarked entity.
Oh relationships. Will anyone ever figure those things out? Well, about eight years ago when I was in high school I thought I had the key to it all.
I think there is a big need for adults within our autism community to come together as advocates to have our voices heard. I’ve believed this ever since I started to become an advocate six years ago.
Who here likes lunch? Anyone? Well, I have to admit I’m something of a lunch-a-holic.
It was about a week into my job at Autism Speaks when I realized how much you have to enjoy your work to do a full-time job. I am one of the lucky ones.
I had two big “firsts” this week. Monday morning was my first day at my first full time job at Autism Speaks.
Last week while I was scrolling through Facebook I noticed an opportunity to audition to be the host of “World News” for The Autism Channel, an up-and-coming organization to spread autism awareness.
Our family originally qualified for Supplementary Security income for Cody when he was four years old. I was a single mother, not working at the time and my husband, Bill,
At present, I’m not a parent. I don’t have a son or daughter of my own, but if ever I do, I have a very specific item at the top of my parenting to-do list.
When I was very young, I remember using the telephone in my parents’ house to call a home shopping network in an attempt to get a pretty-looking umbrella.
Reilly comes home from his first year away at postsecondary school this week.
Part I of a two-part series on living as an autistic adult in rural America.
I jumped right into the midst of the game, becoming a Hunter/Warrior version of myself, looking for the silver bullet that would magically make him “normal.”
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