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Inspiring talk answers 'What will happen to my child when I'm gone'

February 22, 2016

“One of the biggest questions that our community struggles with is ‘what will happen to my child when I’m gone’ which makes the topic of autism just that much more important.”

Autism Speaks Staffer Kerry Magro last November gave a TEDxTalk at TEDxMorristown’s Annual Conference at Morristown High School in New Jersey titled “What happens to children with autism, when they become adults?” where he shares his own story about growing up on the autism spectrum. Magro starts the talk saying,  “Imagine not being able to tell the people you care about the most in this world that you love them. Imagine a scenario where you wouldn’t be able to even share with your family your basic needs as an adolescence. This used to be my reality…”

Magro shares that because of 15 years of therapy he was able to overcome many of his obstacles. Magro today at 28 travels the country giving talks to our community as a national motivational speaker, best-selling author and anti-bullying activist. One of the topics he speaks regularly on these days is focused on the transition to adulthood for those with special needs. 

“It’s a lifelong disorder. Our kids are growing up, and we have to be ready for them. When they transition to adulthood questions that arise are things such as…will my child be able to find a job? Will my child be able to go to college? Will my child be able to find supports after they age out of school? Will my child be able to live independently or need a group home? Will my child be supported financially? Will my child be able to find love one day? And finally…Will my family take care of my child when I’m gone?”

This isn’t the first time Magro has taken the TED stage. In October of 2014 he gave his first TEDxTalk at TEDxJerseyCity titled ‘The will of opportunity –- the path of autism to college,” where he shared getting accepted into college with autism and now how he has started a scholarship program to help students with autism pursue a post-secondary education. You can watch the video below…

 

 

You can learn more about Magro here and on our website here.

At Autism Speaks we currently have tool kits focused on everything from early intervention to adulthood. You can download our transition tool kit here. Autism Speaks also has an employment initiative called TheSpectrumCareers.com that helps employers and individuals with autism connect. Learn more about that initiative here