Special Needs Network, Inc.

11th Annual Tools for Transformation Conference

Tools for Transformation Conference and Legislative Breakfast

Parent, Professional, and Community Free 2-Day Conference

Educate, Advocate and Engage


The First 100 Days: Standing Together to Protect the Rights of Children and Families.
A Special Convening of National and Local Elected Officials, Activists, Strategists,
Grassroots Leaders and Parent Advocates


The largest conference of its kind in Los Angeles, Tools for Transformation brings together renowned experts in medicine, law, education, and advocacy to provide families with cutting edge information and resources on national and state immigration, education, health care and disability policies. This is a MUST ATTEND conference for parents and professionals in the autism, developmental and learning disabilities, mental health, education, social justice and advocacy communities.
The conference includes 18 workshops and seminars led by recognized experts; an advanced advocates’ summit; plenary session; networking reception; and an award luncheon which recognizes an outstanding student who has beaten the odds to achieve education and/or career success. A health and education resource fair provides families the opportunity to connect with experts, service providers, disability rights attorneys, and other special needs professionals.



“Amazing Job! Presenters were very professional and
knowledgeable in the delivery of vital information”
– Chante

“Wow! …just Wow!
Areva and all of the Staff and Volunteers of Special Needs Network,
keep raising the bar. Thank you for putting on such a terrific conference!”
– Jonah

“The speakers were very accessible and authentic,
very inspirational!. Thank you. ❤️ ”
– T. Alvarado






























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Day 1:

Sponsored by Special Needs Network, Brotherhood Crusade, St. John’s Well Child and Family Center and Community Coalition
Spanish Interpreters Available / Interpretación al Español Disponibles 
Friday, April 07, 2017

The California African American Museum, Exposition Park
600 State Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037


7:30 am –Registration and Breakfast Served


8:30 am — Legislative Breakfast and Chairs’ Forum
Master of Ceremony: Leo Stallworth / General Assignment Reporter for ABC 7 Eyewitness News


A community convening on national and state immigration, education, healthcare and social justice policies that impact you, your family and your community; and a Chairs’ issues forum featuring candidates for Chair of the California Democratic Party and the recently elected Chair of the Californian Republican Party (invited).
Keynote Speakers: Hon. Karen Bass, Hon. Holly Mitchell and Hon. Mark Ridley-Thomas


Chairs’ Forum 
An issues forum and discussion with the candidates for chair of the California Democratic Party and the recently elected chair of the California Republican Party on the most pressing issues facing the state.
Eric Bauman
Vice-Chair of the California Democratic Party and Chair of the Los Angeles Democratic Party
Kimberly Ellis
Recording Secretary for the African American Caucus of the California Democratic Party
> Republican State Party Chair Invited, but Declined Invitation


11:15 am — Break


11:30 am — Town Hall: Help End Disparities in Regional Center Spending
Keynote Speaker: Hon. Sebastian Ridley-Thomas


12:30 to 1:30 pm — Lunch Break (Non-hosted)


1:30 to 5:00 pm — Advocates’ Summit
Keynote Speaker: Hon. Jimmy Gomez


A Primer for Action for Activists, Advocates and Grassroots Organizers on Critical Issues Impacting Immigration, Education, Social Justice Policies


Participate in interactive workshops, get a current assessment of the nation’s and state’s most pressing issues, learn key organizing strategies, and help craft an action plan to preserve the safety network for your community and constituents.
5:00 to 6:30 pm –Advocates’ Wine and Cheese Reception






Day 2:

Sponsored by Special Needs Network, Inc.
Tools for Transformation Conference (Parents’ Day) and Resource Fair 
This year’s conference features 18 “bootcamp” like workshops covering a range of educational, health and advocacy topics for parents and professionals. The workshops are complemented with a comprehensive resource fair which will provide invaluable resources to help parents learn the tools necessary to access special needs services for kids, teens, and adults.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Junior Blind of America
5300 Angeles Vista Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 9004
Childcare, Breakfast, and Lunch Provided 
Spanish Interpreters Available / Interpretación al Español Disponibles 



7:30 am — Registration, Breakfast Served and Resource Fair Opens



8:30 am — Opening Plenary Session


Keynote Speakers:  Hon. Betty Yee




10:00 to 11:00 am—Track A Workshops
• The First 100 Days: Learn the Warning Signs sand Early Identification of Autism and Other Disabilities
• Life After High School: Applying for and Financing Community and 4 Year Colleges
• Advances in Autism Genetics: Hope for New Therapies
• Boys, Men, and Fathers: The Unique Role of Dads in Special Needs Families
• #BringMilekHome: Understanding the Journey to Find an Autistic Teen That Mysteriously Disappeared for 5 Days
• Living the Good Life: Wellness and Self-care for Parents and Caregivers


11:00 am to 12:00 pm –Track B Workshops
• “He Won’t Listen”: Using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)Therapy to Manage Behaviors in Toddlers and Teens
•  Is Your Relationship 50 Shades Darker?: Self Care and Relationship Tips for Parents
• Show Me the Money: Smart Financial Planning for Families and Understanding California’s ABLE Act
• Hooking Up: Everything You Need to Know to Help Special Needs Teen and Young Adults with Relationships, Dating, and Sex

• I Feel Like a Tennis Ball! Understanding the Role of Private Health Insurance, Regional Centers and Medical Coverage for Behavior Health Treatment
• It’s Takes a Village: Accessing Community-based Services, Social Security Benefits and In Home Support Services


12:00 to 12:15 pm — Break
 12:15 to 1:15 pm – Track C Workshops 

• My Child is Not a Truant: Understanding Your Rights in School Disciplinary Proceeding
• It’s Difficult—But You Can Learn to Effectively Navigate California’s Regional Center System
• Become the Change: Strategies for Advanced Advocates on Protecting the Safety Net
• Master IEP Class
• When Litigation is the Only Option: Due Process Claims, Mediations, and Administrative Hearings
• Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, and Jobs:  Self-Employment, Sheltered Workshops, and Everything You Need to Know to Help Your Special Needs Teen and Adult Get Paid



1:15 to 2:30 pm—Beyond Barriers Luncheon