TED: How I Went From Nonverbal to Getting Accepted Into 15 Colleges

Autism Speaks Staffer Kerry Magro, an adult on the autism spectrum gave his first TEDxTalk late last year where he shared more on his journey from being non-verbal at 2.5 to getting into college.

April 03, 2015

“In this brave new world, we need to see college as a possibility for our loved ones on the spectrum.”

This is the main message of Autism Speaks Staffer Kerry Magro’s TEDx Talk titled “The Will of Opportunity: The Path of Autism to College.” In the video above, Kerry talks about his early struggles, being nonverbal till he was two and a half and the obstacles he had to overcome to get to College.

“When I was applying for College, I applied to 15 different schools because I knew I needed to get in somewhere.” Magro said. “When the letters started coming in, I found out that I not only got accepted, but I got accepted into all 15 schools I applied too. My dream of going to college had become a reality.”

Now today at 27-years-old Magro travels the world as an accredited national motivational speaker and a best-selling author who’s next book will be coming out on August 21st discussing the successes and challenges for those with autism in pursuing a post-secondary program. Magro who came out about having autism for the first time to his peers as a freshman in College hopes to now get the opportunity to share his story to post-secondary programs worldwide. Magro will be the Keynote Speaker on April 9th at St. John’s University for their Light It Up Blue Extravaganza to shine a light on the 70 million individuals worldwide who have autism.

Magro concluded, “Autism hasn’t defined us but we are now defining autism in college…”

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