Dr. Edlyn Peña is an Associate Professor and researcher at California Lutheran University (CLU). Having been appointed to the federal Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee since 2015, Dr. Peña is highly active in the autism and disability issues at a national level. She engages in research that contributes knowledge about preparing students with autism for higher education. She is also passionate about providing access to alternative forms of communication to individuals with autism. As founding Co-Director of the Autism and Communication Center at CLU, Dr. Peña serves the regional, state, and national community by organizing and delivering workshops, conferences, and presentations to educate others about students on the spectrum.
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July 2016: The new Autism and Communication Center at California Lutheran University is featured in a podcast.
July 2016: Dr. Peña delivered a research presentation to the federal Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee about supporting the transition of college students with autism. The IACC is a federal committee mandated by Congress to coordinate strategic plans for autism-related activities and research.
May 2016: Drs. Beth Brennan and Edlyn Peña co-founded the Autism and Communication Center at CLU. Visit and like our Facebook page!
March 2016: Along with Jackie Greenhill and Dr. Beth Brennan, Dr. Peña coordinated a conference at CLU to educate professionals, parents, and students about ways to support people with autism who use letter boards, keyboards, and tablets to communicate. Nearly 400 people attended this successful event.
December 2015: The Ventura County Star featured Dr. Peña in an article focused on supporting students with autism in college.