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.
In May of 2011—19 years after I was first diagnosed with autism at age 4—I was on my way to receive my undergraduate degree from Seton Hall University.
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