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KCAL 9News: Special Needs Network Talks #South LA Gets Fit

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Areva Martin, president and co-founder of Special Needs Network, Inc., stopped by KCAL9 to tell viewers about the South LA Gets Fit a FREE 12 week training program.


CBS 2 NEWS: 7th Annual Christmas Care Exchange + Toy Give-Away

Areva Martin and Shawn Stockman stopped by CBS2 Friday morning to talk about the 7th annual Christmas Care Exchange + Toy Give-Away. CBS2’s Sharon Tay reports.


KCAL 9 NEWS: Free Race Training With South LA Get Fit!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Special Needs Network Advocate Areva Martin and Celebrity Fitness Trainer Cleon Joseph visited the KCAL9 studios Tuesday to talk about South LA Get fit.


KCAL 9 NEWS: 5th Annual Joe Patton Academy Camp Gets Underway

Monday, July 14, 2014

Camp JPAC gets underway providing a safe haven for more than 300 kids with special needs their typical siblings and peers.


KCAL 9 NEWS: Camp JPAC's Areva Martin Shares Summer Registration Information

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Areva Martin stopped by KCAL9 Wednesday afternoon talk to viewers about the Special Needs Network Camp JPAC, which offers all day activities including music, dance, drama and sports.


KCAL 9 NEWS: Charity, High Tea Held To Benefit Special Needs Network

Sunday, May 18, 2014

The 6th Annual Pink Pump Affair charity high tea and auction was held in Beverly Hills today to benefit the Special Needs Network. CBS2's Pat Harvey was the emcee. Juan Fernandez and Andrea Fujii report.


KCAL 9 NEWS: Pink Pump Event To Honor And Celebrate Local Women

Monday, May 12, 2014

Areva Martin, Founder of the Special Needs Network, visited KCAL9 Monday to talk about the event, which celebrates women and their contributions to the LA community.


KCAL 9 News: Special Needs Networks To Offer Free 10-Week Training, Nutrition Program

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Areva Martin, and Cleon Joseph visited KCAL9 to talk about "South L.A. Gets Fit" a free 10-week training and nutrition program for South Los Angeles residents. The course will help participants prepare for the Hollywood Half Marathon, which is Special Needs Network's kickoff event for Autism Awareness Month event and toy drive. #SLAGetsFit #SNNrun #3Kchallenge.


KCAL 9 News: Special Needs Networks Asks Viewers For Donation For Toy Drive

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Areva Martin, president and co-founder of Special Needs Network, Inc., stopped by KCAL9 to tell viewers about the 5th Annual Christmas Care Exchange + Toy Give-Away event and toy drive. #5000toys #xmascare5


Published Articles

  • California lawmaker and nonprofit groups call for restoration of services for developmentally disabled

On April 4, autism advocates and experts asked members of the California Assembly’s Committee on Human Services to keep an eight-year-old promise that the state made to individuals with developmental disabilities and to reinstate services that were supposed to only be temporarily suspended in 2009 but have yet to be restored.   Los Angeles, Calif. (April 11, 2017) – […]

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  • DDS fails to implement changes addressing disparities among minority children with disabilities

Despite instruction from state Legislature, California’s Department of Developmental Services continues to provide fewer resources and services to minority children with autism and other disabilities than to Caucasian children. Los Angeles, Calif. (March 22, 2017) – According to testimony during an oversight hearing last week in Sacramento, California’s Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has failed […]

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  • CELEBRITY GUEST BLOG: It’s the perfect opportunity to spread joy

By D.L. Hughley Foundation…   He still reigns as one the Original Kings of Comedy. Whether his show is on the road, radio, film or television, D. L. Hughley has established himself as a veteran entertainer, producer, and commentator. D. L. has been seen on major networks like Showtime, Comedy Central and CNN, heard on […]

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  • GUEST BLOG: 3 Tricks to Make a Daily ASD Routine Easier

By Dolores Santos…   Kids on the autism spectrum prefer routine in their daily lives. Of course, each child on the autism spectrum is different, and their routines should be tailored to their specific needs and preferences as they may even follow them into adulthood.  There are a few helpful tricks that can make your […]

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  • The Sentinel: 11th Annual Evening Under The Stars Gala Provided A Perfect Evening For Celebrating Children

By Sentinel News Service Published October 13, 2016 Sony Pictures Studios was the setting for Special Needs Network’s (SNN) 11th Annual Evening Under The Stars Black & White Gala: Celebrating Innovators & Game Changers. Hollywood celebrities, politicians, dignitaries and members of the medical and business communities came together to raise money for children with autism and […]

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  • The Sentinel: Los Angeles Summer Camp Hires Counselors on the Autism Spectrum to Work with Younger Kids

By Sentinel News Service Published August 3, 2016 All over Los Angeles this summer, high school and college students are earning money and gaining experience as camp counselors. When college student and Los Angeles resident Carter Theiro shows up for work each morning and joins 130 camp counselors at a South Los Angeles camp, he […]

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  • L.A. Parent: This Special-Needs Camp Hires Counselors On the Spectrum

By Mary Sue Lawrence All over Los Angeles this summer, high school and college students are earning money and gaining experience as camp counselors. When college student and L.A. resident Carter Theiro shows up for work each morning and joins 130 camp counselors at a South Los Angeles camp, he brings a unique perspective to the job… READ FULL […]

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  • Tools for Transformation Conference X Underway

Starting tomorrow morning, Special Needs Network will host the state’s 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.   […]

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  • Areva Martin receives key to city of Lynwood

Award-winning civil rights attorney and nonprofit leader, Areva Martin receives key to city of Lynwood Lynwood, Calif. (12/10/15)— Edwin Hernandez, mayor of Lynwood, Calif., presented Areva Martin Esq., the president and co-founder of Special Needs Network (SNN), the key to the City during this year’s 94th annual Candy Cane Lane Christmas Parade. Prior to the parade’s […]

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  • SNN president Grand Marshal for City of Lynwood Christmas parade

Los Angeles, CA (12/1/15)— Areva Martin Esq., the president and co-founder of Special Needs Network (SNN), has been named as this year’s Grand Marshal for the 94th annual Candy Cane Lane Christmas Parade, one of only a few nighttime holiday parades in the Los Angeles area. The parade attracts 13,000 attendees and will be held […]

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  • SNN president honored at 2015 African American Vanguard Awards

October 12, 2015 – Noted civil rights attorney, special needs advocate, TV commentator, and SNN’s own Areva Martin will be honored at the 2015 African American Vanguard Awards by the National Action Network and MSNBC hosts and civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton. The event will take place at the California African American Museum on […]

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  • SNN celebrates milestone anniversary

With 500 guests in attendance, Special Needs Network successfully raised $350,000 to help build a specialized medical clinic that will serve South LA children with autism and other developmental disorders.   Los Angeles, CA (10/8/15)— During its milestone 10th Annual Evening Under the Stars Awards Show and Gala, sponsored by Toyota, Sony Pictures and CBS/KCAL, […]

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  • Google, Sony, CBS and Toyota help California Autism Nonprofit Celebrate 10 Years of Service

Google, Sony, CBS and Toyota help California Autism Nonprofit Celebrate 10 Years of Service Los Angeles, Calif. — Special Needs Network (SNN), California’s leading grassroots autism advocacy organization, will host its 10th annual Night Under the Stars: The Future is Bright awards show and gala on Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Sony Studios Lot in […]

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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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