The South Coast is home to a unique program focused on giving people with autism a chance to pursue their artistic dreams.  It’s an art studio which gives those with on the autism spectrum the support the need to create everything from paintings to digital art.

Sandra Dubois

For some people with autism, telling their stories to the world can be difficult, but a university on the South Coast recently publishe da book that compiles the stories of 10 authors with autism.

Dillan Barmache is a sophomore psychology student at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. Because he is nonspeaking, his earlier education was not easy.

She’s a bright, lively 13 year old Ventura County girl. No two kids are the same, but Micaela Ellis is anything but average. She’s already written her first book, and she’s been on a book tour in the county this summer, talking about it. The book is about something she knows well: What it’s like to live with autism.

A 12 year old boy is sitting in the waiting area of what appears to be an airport terminal with other people waiting to board an airplane. But, he’s not at an airport, and the plane isn’t real. We’re at a movie studio in the San Fernando Valley. The studio uses its sets to help families with autistic children learn to deal with the stress of air travel.

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It’s a diagnosis no parent wants to hear. Trevor Jenkins parents heard it while he was still a pre-schooler.

He is on the autism spectrum.

Jackie Jenkins says while hearing her son had autism was hard, the early diagnosis was a good thing, because children do much better when there is early intervention.

The Camarillo family is lucky in another way. Unlike many areas around the country, Ventura County has a specialized school for children on the autism spectrum.

A teenage boy on the Central Coast is facing hate crime and other charges after detectives say for months he bullied, and threatened a teen with autism.

San Luis Obispo Police say the teen sent threatening and derogatory text messages to the victim, and also physically threatened the 15 year old victim.

It’s another day at school for Issac DeCuir.

The Ventura County teen likes the same things many high school age kids like, things like bowling, and video games. But, the high school junior is also a little different than most kids his age, because he’s living with autism.

He’s one of the 80 plus students at Triton Academy in Camarillo. It’s a unique campus run by the Ventura County Office of Education which is focused on helping children on the autism spectrum.

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A public school specifically focused on helping children on the autism spectrum in Ventura County is losing its home.

One in 68 children in America are on the autism spectrum.

Many of these kids will grow up and have a hard time finding a job, not because of a lack of capability, but because they don’t have the social skills to find the positions.

A Ventura County college student decided to try to help with that problem with a new project: “Coding Autism.”

Hundreds of people attended an autism conference on the South Coast that focuses on communication strategies.  

The Spectrum of Opportunity conference held at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks on Saturday brought together those with autism and their families, along with educators, speech pathologists and therapists to take a closer look at autism and communication. The event taught them how to support and include people with autism who experience communication challenges.

The latest research on autism shows that one in 68 children in the United States are on the autism spectrum.

Now a Ventura County-based university is establishing a new center to initially provide information, and eventually perhaps services, to those living with autism in the region.

She’s known worldwide as the adult face of autism.

Temple Grandin couldn’t talk until she was three years old, and was diagnosed with autism in 1950. It was an era when treatment for autism was institutionalization, but her parents didn’t give up.

Neither did she.

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There’s been a lot of attention during the last few years on the potential causes of autism, and how to help children cope with it.

But what about adults, who often got little or no treatment, and were sometimes even undiagnosed?