Departments: Photo Essay
Kerry Magro, 25
When were you diagnosed with autism? I was diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder, a form of autism, when I was 4 years old.
How has autism impacted your life? As for many people, it has impacted my life positively and negatively. I grew up with difficulties in social interaction, communication, and sensory integration. Over time—through physical, occupational, and speech therapy—I've done things in my life that I never thought possible. Some have been because of my ability to focus intensely, a trait found in many people with autism.
Is there a person, place, or thing that helps you cope with autism? First, my parents. Basketball and the arts have also been very helpful. I acted for several years growing up. Being able to act helped me so much in my overall development, from social interaction to communication to just building my confidence to go after my dreams.
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For more information about autism visit autismspeaks.org.