While working for CNN Ms. Thiero won an Emmy for their 9/11 News Coverage and she gave birth to two boys diagnosed with Autism. “My Thiero Boys: A lifestyle dealing with Autism” is a compelling and informative documentary film she created to help people learn to embrace the Autism Culture. Parents like Thiero are moved to tears upon viewing the film stating: “That was MY life on screen!” The film has screened internationally and was nominated for a 2013 Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Diaspora Documentary.
Thiero’s focus is on producing and developing projects for film and television in addition to working on a second documentary, “Believing in miracles in spite of Autism.” Her viral video on the Kazanzian, Lemon & Konno Funny Car memorialized a team of part-time racing junkies. And her partnership with #TheBlackTraveler is bringing a fresh & unique history series to television. May 2017 Thiero helped produce the first Autism Telethon, hosted by Corey Feldman to benefit ACT-Today! She’s slated to Executive Produce the telethon, Memorial Day weekend 2018.
As an Advocate Thiero has been featured on television and radio as well as in magazines and the press. She has been honored to delivered inspirational messages at Churches, Parent Groups, Conferences and Fundraisers. A published Author, Thiero has branded a unique platform, “Autism Inspiration.” She speaks before legislative committees and lobbies legislators on behalf of Autism Rights and is gaining support of her Non-Verbal Communication Mandate Bill Proposal.
Thiero was also Awarded The Distinguished Parent Award in 2014 by the Universal Love Foundation. She founded Autism Media, an Autism Advocacy Production Company that invokes awareness by presenting insightful depictions of individuals and characters affected by ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). Autism Media’s 501c3 Fiscal Sponsor is True Life Kingdom. http://www.truelifekingdom.org/.
Vana Thiero currently resides in Southern California with her two sons, Carter and Bakary. She has a BFA & MA from Western Michigan University.