STUDIO CITY ( — A Southern California mother set to expose the challenges in raising two sons diagnosed with autism in a new documentary series.

In “My Thiero Boys: Believing in Miracles in Spite of Autism,” Vana Thiero captures the struggles of her family and of other families affected by the condition. She calls on society to cater to the unique abilities that people with autism possess through customized education and employment options.

In April, 2013, the Center for Disease Control reported that one in 50 school-age children are diagnosed with autism nationwide.

Thiero stopped by KCAL9 Saturday to discuss the project.

“So much of what occurred on a daily basis was jaw dropping and astounding to friends and family who had the opportunity to glean or get a glimpse of my world,” the mother said. “Often someone would say, ‘You should do a documentary.”

It’s these encounters that inspired the seasoned filmmaker to create the “My Thiero Boys” film series, which she sees as being able to educate the public about a condition that’s becoming increasingly prevalent in our nation.

Thiero is currently trying to secure funding for the project and raise $60,000 in six days.

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