If you have a family member or friend on the autism spectrum – and almost everyone does – a free presentation Saturday at Warren Hills High School in Washington Township in Warren County could be interesting and enlightening.
Kerry Magro, an autism advocate and internationally renowned speaker, will present “I Used to Be Bullied for Having Autism: Here’s When It Stopped,” at 6:30 pm
Admission is free; please register here.
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The program is hosted by the event sponsor Greenwich Autism Alliance Foundation, the Arc of Warren County, Capabilities of Northwest Jersey Inc. and Warren Hills High School.
Magro’s talk will offer a firsthand account of a young man who was bullied as he grew up on the autism spectrum. He will share the struggles of having autism and not being able to express and defend himself. Some of the causes and effects of bullying in our community and in our schools will be discussed, as well as which behaviors are considered bullying (including cyberbullying).
A plan will detail the seven steps involved in standing up against bullying that should help self-advocates, families and professionals. Time will be included for questions and discussion.
Magro, who was born in Jersey City and now lives in Hoboken, earned an Ed.D. in educational technology leadership from New Jersey City University.
About the Arc of Warren County
The Arc is a national organization serving individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their family members since 1950. The Arc of Warren County is one of 700 Arc chapters and serves more than 1,100 people annually. -year in the past 67 years.
Magro is an award-winning autistic professional speaker, best-selling author and autism consultant on the HBO series “Mrs. Fletcher,” which premiered in fall 2019, and the latest season of Netflix’s Emmy Award-winning series “Love on the Spectrum.”
He began speaking professionally 12 years ago through the National Speakers Association after he fell in love with theater as a child to help with his social and communication skills. Now, he has spoken at over 1,200 events in that time, including two TEDxTalks and a “Talks at Google” presentation.
In addition, Magro is CEO of KFM Making A Difference, a nonprofit organization that hosts inclusion events and has awarded 100 scholarships for students with autism for college and counting since 2011.
“I am delighted to speak to this community again, which has been made possible by the cooperation of many organizations,” he said. “I presented on the topic of Identifying Autism: From Nonspeaking to Professional Speaker at Warren Hills High School last year and look forward to returning to the venue again to address the audience on this new topic.”