Award Winning and Breakthrough Autism Self-Advocate Kerry Magro knew early on that he wanted to make a difference in the lives of others. Kerry 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 5, 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 at 24, he is a 2nd Year 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, columnist for Autism After 16, a life coach, motivational speaker, writes a personal blog called My Autism My Voice, and is 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,”, 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 who serves as a youth delegate for The United Nations, last year met with Senator Robert Menendez to discuss the reauthorization of The Combating Autism Act.
Through Kerry’s efforts, last summer he 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 called KFM Making a Difference in The Community.