Kerry Magro Offers Unique Look at Autism Education and Intervention
February 06, 2017
ALLIANCE, Ohio - Award-winning speaker Kerry Magro, presented Defining Autism: From Nonverbal to National Speaker on Thursday, February 2 at 7 p.m. in Presser Recital Hall. Magro focused on being diagnosed with autism at a young age and how his experiences can be used to help other individuals with autism diagnoses with the transition from early childhood to adulthood.
Magro began his lecture by focusing on his own experience being diagnosed with autism at the age of 4 and how it affected his family then and how. He broadened the scope of the conversation by discussing autism as a “spectrum disorder” and the five different types and severities of it. He noted that early diagnoses are beneficial to individuals and their families, and that things like video games and other interactive media can be very helpful to “stretch” kids with autism and their abilities.
In the past 6 years, Magro has spoken at 689 events nationwide as a way to challenge misconceptions about individuals on the autism spectrum. He spoke about offering scholarships for students with autism and how this helps individuals with autism learn and grow. Magro started KFM Making a Difference, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships to adults with autism seeking to attend college. In 2011, Magro won Autism Society’s Outstanding Individual with Autism Award.
Magro’s book Defining Autism from The Heart was published in 2013 and became an Amazon best seller in the category of Special Needs Parenting. Magro’s second book, Autism and Falling in Love, was released in 2014. Magro also contributed a chapter to the book College for Students with Disabilities: We Do Belong (Antony & Shore, 2015).