National Praise of Dr. Pena's Speeches
"Dr. Edlyn Pena was outstanding as the conference's keynote speaker! Thank you, Edlyn, for all the work you do and thinking about future opportunities for higher education and exciting research. We so appreciate and NEED your groundbreaking work. There was not a dry eye in the room."
-Shelley Carnes, Head of School at Hirsch Academy, Atlanta, GA
Anatomy of Autism is a bestselling book that I read and learned from. However, attending a presentation on our campus by the 10-year old author, Diego Pena, and his mother, Edlyn Pena, was inspirational, motivational and truly touched my heart. I strongly encourage you to invite them to your college; our students, faculty, staff, and community were all moved and inspired by Diego and Edlyn!
-Henry Gee, Vice President of Student Services at Rio Hondo College, Whittier, CA
"I am thrilled that we were able to bring Dr. Pena to speak to our faculty, staff, and students at MSU. Her presentation was informative, insightful, moving, and deeply personal. She engages her audience and pushes us to think in new and more complex ways about a population of amazing students that we do not know enough about and are not yet fully prepared to serve. I hope that more institutions bring her to campus to help think through the many benefits and challenges of welcoming and supporting students with autism."
-Patricia Marin, Ph.D., Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
"Hearing Dr. Pena speak about the intersection between autism, social justice, and higher education was a valuable experience. She provided a critical framework for me to think about how students with autism navigate the landscape of higher education and what my role is in addressing the hindrances this population faces. Ultimately, Dr. Pena's scholarship makes this work both timely and relevant for all higher education professionals to deeply consider."
-Kevin Pajaro, Masters Student, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI