Kerry Magro didn’t speak until he was around 3, and he was diagnosed with autism when he was 4. His early struggles included motor skill challenges and communication delays, but that didn’t stop him from chasing his dreams and reaching his full potential.
Today, as a young adult on the autism spectrum, Magro has six jobs: an author of three books, a film consultant, a public speaker, host of his own cable television show, a founder of a non-profit organization, and a full-time employee at Autism Speaks.
“I realized my strengths from an early age and ran with them, “he wrote in a recent blog post. “Sure, the spectrum is wide and some may have to overcome great obstacles to progress but why can’t we push forward to have that be possible for everyone?”
Magro is passionate about employing people with autism and educating employers about the unique abilities of people on the autism spectrum. “Today, 90 percent of individuals with autism are unemployed or unemployed,” he wrote. “Our children with autism are going to grow up to be adults with autism and we have to be ready for them. It will take as many of us as possible to turn these numbers around.”