Autism Speaks staffer Kerry Magro, a motivational speaker and best-selling author on the autism spectrum, was a guest on Autism Live to discuss a new book he contributed to called College for Students with Disabilities: We Do Belong. The book helps educators and students learn more about how to succeed in school with a learning disability and features advice from several self-advocates including Dr. Stephen Shore and Dr. Temple Grandin! During the interview, Magro discussed growing up with autism and what he is doing today to support the cause.
“I wanted to give a shout out to Autism Speaks. The organization has been sharing back to school resources to get families ready for the transition to the new school year,” Magro said. “For those who are getting ready for college I’d recommend checking out thePostsecondary Educational Opportunities Guide and if any of you have any questions about back to school, I encourage you to reach out to the Autism Response Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Magro continued discussing how, along with giving talks about succeeding in school with a learning disability, he started a non-profit that gives out scholarships for students with autism for college. “Growing up, there were no scholarship opportunities for me. Once I graduated from school, I wanted to flip the script to help our kids who are thriving in school. We've given out 20 scholarships in 4 years now. Our goal is simply to help give back to these amazing kids who are succeeding in school with autism. We want them to graduate and go after their dreams..."
The Autism Speaks Brian & Patricia Kelly Postsecondary Scholarship Fund selects eligible colleges, vocational/technical schools and transition programs in the United States to identify qualified students or clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder and offer scholarship funds of up to $5,000 per student and $25,000 per program. You can learn more about the program here.