Dr. Edlyn Peña is a faculty member and researcher at California Lutheran University. Dr. Peña is highly active in the autism and disability community. When she is not spending time with her husband and son, she engages in research that contributes knowledge about preparing students with autism for higher education and delivers workshops to educate others about students on the spectrum.
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August 2013: Along with Dr. Jodie Kocur, Dr. Peña presented research findings at the American Psychological Association in Honolulu, Hawaii. The study examined the roles of 28 parents who assisted their child with autism to transition to 2-year and 4-year colleges. The title of the presentation was, Parents’ Experiences in the Transition of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders to College.
April 2013: Valeri Cirino-Paez, Damien Peña and Dr. Peña shared their expertise on Brainstorming Effective Postsecondary Programs to Support Students with Autism at the 2013 NASPA Convention in Orlando, Florida.
April 2013: Dr. Peña participated in a national technology project in which she created a presentation on how technology can give individuals with complex communication challenges a voice: http://prezi.com/xfoh1xbtfneg/technology-revolution/
March 2013: Dr. Peña was featured in the Ventura County Star to promote the Autism Society of Ventura County (ASVC) Aut2Run event. Dr. Peña has been involved with ASVC since 2010.
November 2012: Dr. Peña delivered two research presentations about disability and autism at the Association for the Study of Higher Education conference in Las Vegas, NV. One paper focused on the lack of disability studies in top-tier journals and the other presentation, co-authored with Dr. Barbara Sorter, reported the experiences of college students with autism who transition to four-year college.