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Poetry Friday: "I have autism"


In advance of our special event next week with autism advocate Temple Grandin we dedicate today's Poetry Friday to adults and children with autism, as well as their parents, friends, and caretakers who provide daily support, encouragement and love.


Please join us for a conversation with Temple Grandin

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23

Page Hall, UAlbany Downtown Campus

135 Western Avenue, Albany 12203

Free and open to the public. Masks required. The event will not be livestreamed. More information



I have autism

By Kerry Magro, Ed.D.


I have autism

I’m not broken

I’m not dumb


I have autism

I’m not always overwhelmed

I’m not always wanting to be by myself


I have autism

I’m different but different is OK


I’m unique and also have a unique perspective of the world

that makes me special


I have autism

I’m the only person in my family to have this

I’m excited to make friends and for you to get to know me


I have autism and

I hope you can accept me and others like me


We long to belong.


(Reprinted with permission. Copyright Kerry Magro)


Temple Grandin and Kerry Magro
Temple Grandin and Kerry Magro

Non-verbal at two and a half years old and diagnosed with autism at four, Kerry Magro received his doctorate in 2019 from New Jersey City University.


He is the CEO/founder of KFM Making a Difference, a non-profit corporation focused on disability advocacy and housing, and has published two books. More at kerrymagro.com