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Autism Can’t Define Me… I Define Autism with Kerry Magro

Kerry Magro is an award winning national speaker who is on the autism spectrum. A recent Masters graduate from Seton Hall University, he is CEO and Founder of KFM Making a Difference, a non-profit corporation focused on disability advocacy and housing. Kerry, a professional member of the National Speakers Association, has spoken at more than 400 venues across the country and Canada since starting college in 2007. One of his recent accomplishments was consulting for the 2012 motion picture hit “Joyful Noise” starring Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton. The film earned over 30 million dollars in theaters worldwide! Kerry is now consulting for two more films set to come out in 2015 including “Jane Wants a Boyfriend” and “Don’t’ Foil My Plans.” What makes this achievement exceptional is that he was diagnosed with autism at the age of 4 and was largely nonverbal till he was 2 and a half. Today Kerry writes about his experiences on the autism spectrum from the heart to help others overcome obstacles. Kerry wanted to write this book to help show his passion and his heart to others while trying to make people understand that autistic people deserved to be loved. Kerry credits most of his progress to the undeniable love of his two parents Robert and Suzanne Mack-Magro.

Speech Language Pathology: Understanding the Language of Autism

Maggie Moore has been a Speech Language Pathologist since 2007. After graduating from Michigan State University with a bachelor of arts degree in Audiology and Speech Science, she attended the University of South Carolina where she obtained her Master of Speech Pathology (MSP) degree with a specialization in neurogenic speech, language, and swallowing disorders. Maggie was accepted to the neuroscience specialization track and completed an optional thesis entitled “Visual Speech Perception in Acquired Apraxia of Speech.” Her passion for speech pathology, hard work ethic, and diligence allowed her to maintain one of the highest GPAs in her class while working full time. Maggie’s ability to connect with all types of people and easily adapt to any environment has allowed her to work in a variety of settings with people of all ages and diagnoses across the country. Her specific area of interest is the brain and the neurological processes involved in communication. She has held full time staff, supervisory, and director positions in a variety of settings throughout her career. Maggie has extensive experience working with severely neurologically impaired or atypical including diagnoses of traumatic brain injury, stroke, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. In 2017, Maggie began working at a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility with in-house special education programming to further specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders in children with severe and complex needs. Additionally, she established a private practice to continue to serve the demand for her outpatient and in home services.


Autism in Heels: Jennifer O’Toole On The Changing Faces of Autism

The face of autism is changing. And more often than we realize, that face is wearing lipstick. At the age of thirty-five, Jen­nifer Lynn Cook O’Toole, was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, and for the first time in her life, things made sense. Now, Jennifer exposes the constant struggle between carefully crafted persona and authentic existence, editing the autism script with wit, candor, passion, and power. Her journey is one of reverse-self-discovery not only as an Aspie but–more importantly–as a thoroughly modern woman. Beyond being a memoir, Autism in Heels is a love letter to all women. It’s a conversation starter. A game changer. And a firsthand account of what it is to walk in Jennifer’s shoes (especially those iconic red stilettos). Whether it’s bad perms or body image, sexuality or self-esteem, Jennifer’s is as much a human journey as one on the spectrum. Because autism “looks a bit different in pink,” most girls and women who fit the profile are not identified, facing years of avoidable anxiety, eating disorders, volatile relationships, self-harm, and stunted independence. Jennifer has been there, too. Autism in Heels takes that message to the mainstream. From her own struggles and self-discovery, she has built an empire of empowerment, inspiring women the world over to realize they aren’t mistakes. They are misunderstood miracles.

Your Legacy of Care: Providing for Your Special Needs Child with Donald Bailey

A lifelong South Carolinian, Donald began his career in the insurance industry with a focus on financial planning. After working as a financial planner for E. F. Hutton, he founded Donald Bailey & Associates in order to offer independent advice and holistic planning to his clients.

Donald is committed to community involvement, having served on the Board of Trustees at the University of South Carolina (USC) and most recently founding The College Transition Connection, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to help South Carolina colleges create post-secondary programs for young adults who may have an intellectual disability. Donald’s son is on the autism spectrum. He is one of the authors of Your Legacy of Care: Providing for Your Special Needs Child Today, Tomorrow & Always and a speaker at the Converge Autism Summits that are held annually by Springbrook Autism Behavioral Health in South Carolina.

For this podcast he joins counselor, Melanie Vann, to discuss his experience as a father of a child with Autism.

Donald holds a degree in Marketing from USC. He and his wife Caroline have two children and three grandchildren and reside in Mt. Pleasant, SC.

Chase In Your Face: Chase and Mary Bailey – Cooking and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Join our guests Chase Bailey and his mother, Mary Bailey, for a wonderful show about living and thriving with autism. Chase is a food enthusiast, TV host and filmmaker, who loves great entertainment, meeting fun and interesting people, traveling to amazing places, and helping others achieve their own dreams. He also happens to have autism. You can learn more about his challenges with autism in The Official Chase ‘N Yur Face Cookbook. Chase hosts his own YouTube cooking show featuring prominent chefs and other food enthusiasts; speaking at various events and conferences; and establishing his Chase Yur Dreams Foundation. He has been featured in GE’s Our American Kitchen series, radio interviews, numerous magazines and newspapers worldwide; and made appearances on The Meredith Vieira Show and The Chew. He was even honored with the 2017 Legacy Champion Award for his ambassadorship on behalf of the autism community.

Mary Bailey is an Executive Producer, Consultant, Keynote Speaker, Co-Founder & President of Chase Yur Dreams Foundation, & Writer, who has contributed to HuffPost on the subjects of parenting, autism, and diversity & inclusion related topics. Mary’s teenage son Chase Bailey was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2. Together they have been keynote speakers for special events; featured in radio, magazine interviews & newspapers worldwide; & on The Chew & The Meredith Vieira Show, where they have shared their journey to success with autism.


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