Special Needs Network, Inc.


Parent Advocacy Mentor (PAM) Cycle 22 / Los Angeles

Calling all Parents…
ONLY 30 Spots OPEN! First Come, First Served! Space is limited, please register EARLY if you are really interested in meeting the 6 week, 18-hour intensive training program, please respond + register with the number of attendees by emailing: Connie Chavarria

  • Wayfinder Family Services / 5300 Angeles Vista Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90043
  • 9:00 am - 12:30pm

  • February 17, 2018

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UCLA Autism Genetics and Human Diversity Project

We are looking for a few good families…
Day-long event // At least 1 parent or caregiver must be present // Free food, resources, and childcare // Participants can be 3 years to 21 years old // Families will be compensated $250.00, plus $150 for each additional child with ASD subject to meeting eligibility requirements // Families must be willing to participate in prescreening interviews, and complete pre and post event questionnaires and surveys.

  • 760 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095
  • 9am–4pm

  • March 10, 2018

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A Pink Pump Affair X

All proceeds from the event will benefit SNN’s Joe Patton Academy Camp (Camp JPAC) – the only free summer inclusion camp in South Los Angeles for kids with autism and related disabilities and their siblings. The summer camp benefits more than 300 local children.

  • Four Seasons Hotel | 300 S. Doheny Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90048 in Beverly Hills
  • 12:30AM – 2:00PM

  • May 20, 2018

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12th Annual Tools for Transformation Conference

The largest comprehensive free autism/ADHD/LD conference in Los Angeles, this conference presents workshops by s renowned experts in intervention strategies, education, healthcare, and advocacy. Attendees are treated to giveaways, book signings, networking functions, and an awards luncheon which highlights the accomplishments of students with disabilities.

  • Junior Blind of America | 5300 Angeles Vista Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 9004
  • 7:30am – 2:30pm

  • April 14, 2018

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Areva Martin receives a 2017 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award

The 2017 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards recognize Californians who are advancing innovative solutions to critical issues facing our state. Special Needs Network, Inc. extends autism care to underserved families. Congrats #IrvineAwards recipient @ArevaMartin

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As part of our campaign to support families in crisis, we offer you the chance to contribute to our life-changing, transformational programs which have already impacted the lives of thousands – whether they face an urgent need, a devastating diagnosis, or seek to improve their quality of life.

Areva Martin receives a 2017 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award


Areva Martin receives a 2017 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award

Support AB 1610!

Stand with Special Needs Network and Public Counsel and support AB 1610, which will provide developmental services more equitably and in culturally and linguistically competent manner. AB 1610 will fix broken promises made by the State that budget cuts made to highly valued services described at the time as only being “temporary” will finally be restored after eight long years. AB 1610 also promotes equal access to regional center services while supporting client self-advocacy.


Our mission is to raise public awareness of developmental disabilities and to impact public policy while providing education and resources to families, children and adults. SNN serves as a link between under-served communities and mainstream developmental disability organizations and governmental institutions which often fail to address issues specific to these communities. SNN firmly believes that dignity, hope, and opportunity are the birthright of all children.

Areva Martin receives a 2017 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award

What We Do

Special Needs Network is a non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to addressing the needs of underserved families struggling with raising a child with developmental disabilities.

Since our inception, we have provided resources and services to thousands of families through programs centered on health and human services, education and awareness, and outreach and advocacy.

2017 Special Needs Voter Education and Registration Tool Kit

Special Needs Network, Inc. (SNN) is excited to expand its civic engagement programs to include a special needs voter education and registration tool kit and grassroots initiative. For over a decade, we have been working on behalf of individuals across the state of California who have a range of developmental, emotional and physical disabilities.

Special Needs Network offers behavior therapy for children with autism SNN has been providing ABA services for the past year and a half in addition to our plethora of services for families and children with special needs. SNN is currently vendored with the regional center, as well as a subcontractor for Kaiser Permenante’s autism services.

To find out if your child is eligible for ABA services through SNN, Please call: 866-644-7662

Areva Martin receives a 2017 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award

Resource Guide

Special Needs Network, Inc. maintains that this Resource Guide is to enhance public access to information about special needs service resources available to Los Angeles County residents. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, we make no guarantees. The inclusion of any organization, agency, or service does not imply or constitute an endorsement or recommendation nor does exclusion imply disapproval.

Under no circumstances shall Special Needs Network, Inc. or its employees, agents, partners or affiliates be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, punitive, or consequential damages which may result in any way from your use of the information included in the Special Needs Network, Inc. Resource Guide.

PAM online

This comprehensive training program is modeled after Areva Martin’s book “The Everyday Advocate” and was turned into an online educational series for our signature PAM program. This series is tailored for parents of newly diagnosed children, advocates and medical, educational, and human service professionals including social workers, teachers, child care providers looking to expand or learn the early steps in becoming an advocate. If this is you this is a “must take” online program.


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  • Guest Blog: A Model’s Story

By Sherna Foucher… Stephanie Nogueras “SNN and Camp JPAC give children with Autism and other developmental disabilities and their families hope for a brighter future. I am inspired and honored to be involved.” Our Pink Pump Affair cover model, Stephanie Nogueras, is a talented actress, model, and activist who is profoundly Deaf. Fluent in American Sign […]

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