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.

Kerry Meets Jerry

A few weeks ago I had the amazing opportunity to be a keynote speaker for the afternoon session at the Asperger Autism Spectrum Education Network (ASPEN) Annual Conference in Iselin, New Jersey. 

Walking the Walk

Right now at my job at Autism Speaks I’ve been looking for personal “Why I Walk” stories during our Walk Now for Autism Speaks events. 

Focusing on Employment

October marks the beginning of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. 

Kicking Down Walls

I can’t begin to tell you how much I love sports. When I was younger sports were a great way to build my confidence so that I could succeed in school.

Reel Life

Recently I signed on to help as a technical consultant for a new indie film called “Jane Wants A Boyfriend.” 

Federal Support

Self-advocacy can be very interesting. It’s given me the ability to advocate for a cause that is very close to me on a personal level.