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Internationally renowned speaker to be featured at autism acceptance month event

Dr. Kerry Magro’s Presentation “Defining Autism: From Nonspeaking to Professional Speaker Was Made Possible through the Collaborative Efforts of Four Organizations

WASHINGTON, NJ (Warren County) – Autism advocate and internationally renowned speaker Dr. Kerry Magro will present “Defining Autism: From Nonspeaking to Professional Speaker,” at Warren Hills High School Auditorium, on April 11, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, and registration is available at Defining Autism (salsalabs.org)

The program, in recognition of Autism Acceptance Month, is hosted by event sponsor Greenwich Autism Alliance FoundationThe Arc of Warren CountyAbilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc., and Warren Hills High School.

“I am pleased to speak at this event, which is made possible by the collaborative efforts of multiple organizations,” Dr. Magro said.

Dr. Magro’s talk will describe his personal journey with autism. He will also offer advice on more than 50 autism-related topics, including early intervention, nonspeaking autism, toilet training, picky-eating, social skills, managing anxiety, school, the transition into adulthood, and more.

Following his presentation, Dr. Magro will conduct a signing of his best-selling books, “Defining Autism from the Heart” and “Autism Falling in Love.”

Nonspeaking until he was two-and-a-half years old, Dr. Magro today is a business owner, award-winning professional speaker and best-selling author.

He is CEO and president of “KFM Making a Difference,” a nonprofit organization that hosts inclusion events and has given 100 college scholarships to students with autism since 2011. On his Facebook page, Kerry’s Autism Journey, which has more than 214,000 followers, Dr. Magro conducts on-camera interviews highlighting people impacted by an autism diagnosis.  His videos, which are designed to help break down barriers in the community, have been viewed more 35 million times.

Dr. Magro started speaking professionally 10 years ago via the National Speakers Association, after he developed a passion for theatre as a child to help with his social and communication skills. He has since spoken at more than 1,000 events and given two TEDxTalks and a “Talks at Google” presentation.

Both of his books have reached Amazon’s best-seller list for special needs parenting. Additionally, he was the autism consultant for the HBO series “Mrs. Fletcher,” which was televised in Fall 2019.

MaryLouise Rowlin, Supervisor of Special Education, at Warren Hills High School, is the master of ceremonies for the event.  The Arc of Warren County CEO John Whitehead and Abilities of Northwest Jersey CEO Cindy Wildermuth will briefly discuss programs offered by their organizations. Kelly Milazzo of the Greenwich Autism Alliance Foundation will introduce Dr. Magro. The Warren Hills High School Social Media Marketing class will lead efforts to promote the event.

Dr. Magro is available to speak to groups in-person or virtually and can be contacted at kerrymagro@gmail.com.

Though this opportunity is free and open to the public, attendees will have an option to donate to The Arc of Warren County and Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc. when they register. Attendees are required to wear masks inside of the building.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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