Magro to Present Annual Mental Health Awareness Lecture
January 24, 2017
ALLIANCE - Award-winning speaker Kerry Magro, will be speaking on Thursday, February 2 at 7 p.m. in Presser Recital Hall. In his talk, Defining Autism: From Nonverbal to National Speaker, Kerry will describe growing up on the spectrum and how his experiences, both good and bad, can be used to help other students with disabilities from early childhood to the transition to adulthood.
The talk is presented by he Department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Human Development and the Department of Education, in conjunction with the Spectrum Education Center at the University of Mount Union.
Kerry Magro is a motivational speaker, disability advocate and consultant. Kerry became an advocate for the disability community after disclosing that he is a person with autism for the first time while attending Seton Hall University as a freshman in 2007.
Since then, he has worked to break down barriers of hate and intolerance towards people with disabilities. In 2009, Kerry started KFM Making a Difference, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships to adults with autism seeking to attend college. In 2011, Kerry won Autism Society’s Outstanding Individual with Autism Award. Kerry’s book Defining Autism from The Heart was published in 2013 and became an Amazon best seller in the category of Special Needs Parenting. Kerry’s second book, Autism and Falling in Love, was released in 2014. Kerry also contributed a chapter to the book College for Students with Disabilities: We Do Belong (Antony & Shore, 2015).
Kerry consulted on the motion picture Joyful Noise starring Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton that made 30 million dollars worldwide. He has also consulted on two independent films, Jane Wants a Boyfriend and Don’t Foil My Plans.
Admission is free and open to the campus community and the public.