The will of opportunity -- the path of autism to college | Kerry Magro | TEDxJerseyCity

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In the next decade over 500,000 individuals will reach adulthood with autism. For many of those who are less severely affected with autism, a social and communication disorder, a post-secondary education will become a strong possibility. In this talk, you will hear from Kerry Magro a 26-year-old adult who was nonverbal at 2 and a half and diagnosed with autism at 4 who has just recently graduated with a Masters Degree in Strategic Communication and Leadership from Seton Hall University and today is a national motivational speaker. In Kerry’s talk he will discuss his experiences navigating education, creating a path both, to and through, college. This will include time management, managing independence, advocating for your needs and much more! Above all, Kerry will share how there is a great deal of potential for those with autism to thrive in college and give other examples of individuals who are doing it today. Autism Self-Advocate Kerry Magro was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), a form of autism, 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. Now 26 years old, he has completed his Masters in Strategic Communications at Seton Hall University. Along with this Kerry is also a columnist for Autism after 16, a life coach, motivational speaker, and an aspiring writer. In July 2013 Kerry released his first book, “Defining Autism from the Heart”. In 2012 he finished consulting on his first motion picture project in Joyful Noise, which made 30 million domestically and is now currently working on the indie-film “Jane Wants a Boyfriend.” He also recently founded a Non-Profit Organization focused on post secondary scholarships and advocacy for the disabled community. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at