Edlyn Peña, PhD

Edlyn PenaDr. Edlyn Peña is the Chair, Director, and Associate Professor of the Education Leadership doctoral program at Cal Lutheran. She is an award-winning researcher who studies ways to support autistic students in the preschool through higher education pipeline. Her edited book, “Communication Alternatives in Autism” (2019) and “Leaders Around Me” (2019) feature prominent autistic individuals who advocate for communication and inclusion rights. As a scholar and director of the Autism and Communication Center, Dr. Peña’s service to the autism community has reached international audiences.

Diego and Edlyn Pena
Diego and Edlyn Pena

At 12 years old, Diego Peña is an autistic warrior and self-advocate. On his agenda are disability rights, inclusion, and educating others about autism. Diego’s limited ability to speak does not stop him from spreading autism acceptance and awareness through his writings and presentations. Diego uses an iPad, letter board, and key board to communicate. Anatomy of Autism is his first published book, a #1 bestseller on Amazon. It has been translated to Spanish, Portuguese, and French.

In partnership with Diana Pastora Carson, M.Ed.
Author: Beyond Awareness: Bringing Disability into Diversity Work in K-12 Schools & Communities, and children’s book Ed Roberts: Champion of Disability Rights, ADA 30th Anniversary Edition https://www.dianapastoracarson.com/store

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