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  1. Kerry MagroDisability Awareness MonthPower of One Speaker Series By, Kerry Magro 10/27/11

  2. Introduction • Graduate of Seton Hall University • Learning Disabled Individual • College Honors • Honors Program • “Pirate of The Year” • Student Servant Leader Award • Nominated USA Today All College Team Kerry Magro

  3. What I’m Doing Today Consultant Screenplay/Casting Joyful Noise Release: January 13, 2012 Blogger Autism Speaks San Francisco Chronicle President & CEO KFM Making A Difference In The Community Author College On The Spectrum Spring 2012 Motivational Speaker Summer 2011-Present

  4. My Story • Diagnosed with Autism at age of 4 • Main symptoms early on: • Motor and Speech Difficulties • Transitioning • Emotional Issues • Sensitivity to touch, feel and sound • Started to write a book based on my life and my experience in school

  5. Public School • School Transitioning • 3 different pre schools • 3 different public schools in first four years of grammar school • Fitting in • Multi-handicapped classrooms • Label of a “Special Ed” kid • Inclusion led to seclusion • Legal battles

  6. Private School • Community Lower School • Out of district, only 160 students • 40 Minutes away from my hometown • Reward Systems for Performance • PT embedded into Physical Education Curricular • Community High School • Across street from Lower School (same number of students) • Laptops for all students

  7. My College Life • Freshman Year: The Transition • Sophomore Year: Advocacy • Junior Year: Learning from Experience • Senior Year: Building Confidence

  8. College Life • Freshman Year: The Transition • Getting used to the dorms • IEP to Reasonable Accommodations • Time Management • Subjecting myself to change • Adapting to knowing no one

  9. College Life • Sophomore Year: Advocacy • Start of a Club (SDA) • Advocating for LD individuals • Joining a Service Fraternity (Alpha Phi Omega) • Built Service Opportunities focused on Disability Awareness • Resident Assistant • Became RA to advocate and help those transition to dorm life SDA Logo

  10. Student Disability Awareness • No disability awareness organizations in Seton Hall’s History • Mission is to help eliminate barriers and spread awareness for all disabilities SDA E-Board (Past and Present)

  11. College Life • Junior Year: Learning From Experience • Started working for Autism Speaks • Began working with Social Media • Senior Year: Confidence • Interest in Communication Field • Building public speaking skills • Speaking at different venues • Deciding to go to Graduate School • Transitioning to workforce • Transitioning into Adulthood with autism • Advocating more for Disabled rights

  12. Advocacy • Be your own best self advocate • Speak Up! • Learn to think with the end in mind • Set small and long term goals for yourself • Remember to give back • Leadership has a great deal to do with serving others

  13. My Findings • Find your structure • 2 types of learning/2 different missions • In Class and Out • Picking out High Schools/Colleges • Transitioning to Adulthood • Always Take Notes • Life is unfair at times • DON’T let yourself turn into the victim!

  14. Q&A

  15. Contact Information • Kerry F. Magro • 348 First Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302 • Kerrymagro.com • http://blog.autismspeaks.org/?s=Kerry+Magro • http://kfmmakingadifference.wordpress.com/ • Email: kerrymagro@gmail.com