Graduation Rates Increase for High School Students with Disabilities

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The U.S. Department of Education has released new numbers that show that the graduation rate for those with disabilities has risen for the third year in a row. As reported from Disability Scoop the new number indicates that 63.1 percent of high school students with disabilities in the United States in the 2013-2014 school year graduated.

U.S Secretary of Educate Arne Duncan said on the increase, “The hard work of teachers, administrators, students and their families has made these gains possible and as a result many more students will have a better chance of going to college.”

Read more at Disability Scoop here.

With college being a possibility for more students with disabilities, we hope you will consider making an end of the year tax-deductible donation to KFM Making a Difference, a non-profit organization that’s given scholarships to 20 students with autism for college in the past 4 years. With your support, we are helping more of these students go to college everyday. Help make a difference for our community today here.

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2015 in Review: 7 Students with Autism Receive Scholarship Aid for College

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Thanks to the generous donations of members in our community we were able to reward 7 scholarships to students with autism for college in 2015. This was part of our Spring 2015 Making a Difference for Autism Scholarship Program which is ran through KFM Making a Difference, a non-profit that focuses on helping the special needs community. The students who were awarded scholarships were Chantel Tavares (from Orlando, FL), Jacob Schweppe (from Kewanee, IL), Brandon Lang (from Redwood City, CA) Rachel Barcellona (Palm Harbor, FL), Christopher Hoskins (Beavercreek, OH), Michael Kirouac (Burlington, Ontario), and Christopher Oh (North Palm Beach, FL). The Fall 2015 winners will be announced on Wednesday, January 6, 2016. Since 2011 we’ve awarded 20 scholarships for students with autism to attend college. You can learn more about applying for our scholarship program for 2016 here.

Six Students with Autism Receive Scholarships for College in 2016

Kerry Magro, an adult with autism and Founder/President of KFM Making a Difference (a New Jersey based non-profit corporation), announced his organization’s award of college scholarships to six young adults with autism; Talia Anderson, Chris Fegley, Leora Robbins, Spencer Agabiti, Lucas Brodsky and Clarin G. Paap III. With this latest round of scholarship awards, Kerry Magro and KFM have now awarded twenty (26) scholarships in the last 4 years.

Celebrating their 4-year Anniversary since their non-profit received 501 © 3 status, KFM Making a Difference is helping several young autistic adults make their dreams of going to college a reality. Talia Anderson (from Cape Coral, FL.), Chris Fegley (from Suffolk, VA.) and Leora Robbins (Atlanta, GA.) are showing the world the potential of those in the autism community. These three amazing young adults have been selected as the winners of the fall 2015 “Making a Difference for Autism Scholarship” from the KFM organization. In addition, KFM Making a Difference is giving out three honorable mention scholarships to Spencer Agabiti (from Ringoes, NJ.), Lucas Brodsky (Gurnee, IL.) and Clarin Paap III (Modesto, CA.).

“We saw a record number of applications for our fall scholarship,” says Kerry Magro, founder and CEO of KFM Making a Difference. “With these six (6) scholarships, we hope to help these young adults pursue a post-secondary education…”

In fall of 2012, KFM Making a Difference launched its scholarship program. Today KFM has now given out twenty-six (26) scholarships in total, helping 26 autistic adults to go to college. Kerry Magro, who turns 28 later this month, started KFM Making a Difference in 2009 while in College at Seton Hall University. What most don’t know about Kerry is that he was diagnosed with autism at 4. Today, Kerry is an accredited professional speaker and best-selling author who travels the country discussing autism and disability related issues.

Today, according to the Center for Disease Control, 1 in 68 children will be diagnosed with autism while more than 500,000 young individuals with autism will reach adulthood within the next decade. Last year U.S. News & World Report highlighted KFM Making a Difference as one of the only non-profits to give out scholarships to adults with autism in the U.S pursuing a post-secondary program: http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/the-scholarship-coach/2014/04/17/find-college-scholarships-that-support-students-with-autism

KFM Making a Difference will now be looking ahead to its Spring 2016 scholarship application period, anticipating award of scholarships to additional talented autistic adults from the community. The deadline for this scholarship will be Monday, May 2nd, at Midnight U.S Eastern Standard Time. For more information on KFM Making a Difference and how you can apply for the next scholarship please go to www.kerrymagro.com/spring-2016-autism-scholarship-application-opens/ for more details.

This scholarship fund is funded entirely through the generous donations of members in our community. You can help their scholarship program moving forward by making a tax-deductible donation at http://bit.ly/AutismScholarship2016.

Welcome to KFM Making A Difference!

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Award Winning and Breakthrough Advocate Kerry Magro knew early on that he wanted to make a difference in the lives of others. Kerry was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) a form of autism, at age 4. Growing up Kerry’s future was very uncertain.

Today however, after countless hours of therapy and the support of a loving family, Kerry has conquered many of his challenges. Now at 25, Kerry is The Founder and CEO of KFM Making a Difference in The Community, a non-profit organization that is focused on special need housing for disabled individuals in New Jersey. Kerry who is a recent Masters Graduate from Seton Hall University wears many hats in the community. For the past two years he’s traveled the world as a National Motivational Speaker on topics ranging but not limited to Disability Advocacy and Overcoming Obstacles.