He was kicked out of 2 preschools and spent “hundreds of hours being bullied.”
Motivational speaker, author and autism awareness advocate Kerry Magro took to the web to shed some perspective on the way we see people. In a Facebook post by Love What Matters, Magro sharedthese powerful words:
If you knew me
You would know I was nonverbal at 2 and a half
You would know I was diagnosed with autism at 4
You would know I got kicked out of two preschools
You would know I had extreme sensory-integration difficulties
You would know I would lash out to get attention when I couldnt communicate on my own
You would know I twirled my hair
You would know that when I was in school, my peers labeled special education wrong instead of special
You would know I spent hundreds of hours a year in therapy to get to where I am
You would know I spent hundreds of hours being bullied because of my diagnosis
You would know that being institutionalized was a possibility.
But if you also knew me
You would know I graduated grade school
You would know I graduated high school
You would know I graduated college
You would know I received a masters degree
You would know I have a job
You would know I consulted for a major motion picture
You would know I live independently
You would know I consult to help parents who have children with autism
You would know I am a national speaker, life coach and author
You would know I have had a girlfriend
You would know I love my family, my friends and the autism community out there
You would know that Im Kerry, and no matter what autism means or doesnt mean Im being the best me I can be
Only if you knew me
If you are reading this, please know that autism cant define our loved ones and only we can define autism. I know so many kids on the spectrum today who are trying to be the very best they can be. We as a community have so many unique and beautiful stories to share so please make sure they are heard.
Kerry Magro wears many hats in the autistic community. A young adult on the autistic spectrum himself, he is a professional speaker, columnist, life coach, screenwriter, consultant and author. His debut book is called Defining Autism From the Heart, in which he covers topics like Overcoming Obstacles, Turning Your Disability Into an Ability, How to Find Your Voice, Living Life With a Positive Attitude, Encouraging Hope in Our Loved Ones and many more!
He has defied many odds, and lives his life to the fullest, helping others to do the same.