To the moms who raise a loved one on the spectrum,
This weekend is Mother’s Day and I wanted you to know how important you are to your child. You may not know it, but simply by being there for them you are making a huge difference. I know this because when I was growing up with autism my mom helped me through some of the hardest moments in my life…
When I was completely nonverbal till I was 2.5, my mom was there.
When I was diagnosed with autism when I was 4, my mom was there.
When educators in my schools couldn’t understand why I was lashing out, my mom was there.
When I started school my mom was there.
When I had to move to 3 different public schools in 4 years, my mom was there.
When I came home crying from school for not only being bullied but having difficulty with that transition, my mom was there.
When we fought our school district for 2 and a-half years to get me an out of district placement for students with learning disabilities, my mom was there.
When I needed someone to drive me to school, my mom was there.
When I found my strengths, my mom was there.
When we finally found the therapies that worked best for me, my mom was there.
When I made my first friend and ran home to tell everyone, my mom was there.
When I graduated from grade school, my mom was there.
When I was struggling with taking the SAT’s, my mom was there.
When I graduated from high school, my mom was there.
When I was nervously waiting for an acceptance letter to come to our house to see if I got into college, my mom was there.
When I graduated with my undergraduate and master’s degrees, my mom was there.
When I received my first full-time job offer, my mom was there.
When I received my certification as one of the first professional public speakers with autism in the country, my mom was there.
When I had any self-doubt in my ability to achieve great things, my mom was there.
When I succeeded and overcame the obstacles that challenged me when I was younger, my mom was there.
To the moms out there who love someone with autism, I hope you realize the impact you make like my mom made for me simply by being there.
I love you mom!
Wishing all the amazing moms out there in our community a Happy Mother’s Day!
Kerry Magro, a professional speaker and best-selling author who is also on the autism spectrum started the nonprofit KFM Making a Difference in 2011 to help students with autism receive scholarship aid to pursue a post-secondary education. Help us continue to help students with autism go to college by making a tax-deductible donation to our nonprofit here.
Also, consider having Kerry, one of the only professionally accredited speakers on the spectrum in the country, speak at your next event by sending him an inquiry here. If you have a referral for someone who many want him to speak please reach out as well! Kerry speaks with schools, businesses, government agencies, colleges, nonprofit organizations, parent groups and other special events on topics ranging from employment, how to succeed in college with a learning disability, internal communication, living with autism, bullying prevention, social media best practices, innovation, presentation best practices and much more!
We’d also appreciate if you could take a minute to create a Facebook Fundraiser to support our nonprofit’s scholarship fund! You can learn more about how you can do just that here.