Kerry Magro

Kerry Magro

Kerry Magro

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.


Wandering in Adults

One of the more talked-about topics we have in our autism community today is that of wandering.  

Opportunities

Last week I attended the National Speaker Associations (NSA) Mega Publishing Lab Conference in Queens, New York. 

Communities of Advocacy

Over the past year at my job at Autism Speaks I’ve seen countless news and feature stories covered on our website. 

Media Coverage

I wanted to take some time in my column this week to commend the job being done by the Wall Street Journal in covering the topic of employment and autism. 

Unfamiliar Territory

Some may say it’s the luck of the Irish, but March has been a VERY lucky month for me. 

Call Me

Being a self-advocate in the autism community for the past several years has definitely had a few perks here and there.