The Go-to Organization

For Autism… Underserved Communities and Marginalized People.

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Leave your Legacy

Join our naming rights campaign as we mark the opening of the landmark Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities on the campus of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital. 

Tie your name to the delivery of innovative services and resources in the heart of a neighborhood that has endured some of the deepest disparities in care.

Their lives could be your legacy.


Celebrating World Autism Acceptance Month

 In Celebration of the individuals and families living with Autism 


Values Statement

Special Needs Network, Inc. (SNN) is a nonprofit grassroots organization responding to the crisis of autism and other developmental disabilities in underserved communities. We recognize the intersectionality of individuals with disabilities and that their fight for disability rights is inextricably tied to the fight for racial justice and the civil rights of all people. 

A Word

From Our President

It is the men and women that I am privileged to work with at Special Needs Network and those whom I serve with on the Board of Directors of this organization do each and every day for the most vulnerable children in our society. And for this I am grateful and filled with hope that not only my son, but the thousands of kids like him across this nation, will continue to grow, thrive, and live their best lives.

– Areva Martin, Esq.

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Our long list of programs and campaigns address issues from both a top-down approach – by changing government legislation; and bottom-up – by collaborating directly with parents, caretakers, and healthcare professionals who work with children with developmental disabilities.


SNNABA provides direct therapy in a one-to-one setting, delivered by highly-skilled, experienced and culturally competent clinical staff. During individualized therapy sessions, behavior-based principles and naturalistic teaching strategies are used to target maladaptive behaviors and increase functional skills with the goal of improving the child’s and family’s quality of life. Families can access services through regional center funding, private health insurance and Medi-Cal. 

Telephone: (213) 291-7100

Email: snnaba@snnla.org

School Hours: M-F: 8am – 5pm


Upcoming Events + Programs

Stepping Stones Parent Advocacy Mentorship Training

Date: Saturdays, June 4 /11/ 18/ 25 

Time: 10:00 am

Location: Virtual (Zoom) 

The Special Report with Areva Martin

Date: LIVE every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
Time: 9:00 am PST

Fresh Takes, Unapologetic, Deep Analysis on today’s most relevant topics. 

A Pink Pump Affair

Save the Date

Date: Sunday, May 15, 2020

Time: 12:30 pm

Location: The Beverly Hilton Hotel

We’re Back In-Person! Who Run the World?




“Autism Awareness Month Takeover”

12:30 pm PST

Join Special Needs Network on Facebook LIVE for a music Celebration with DJ JD.

Event Info


See you there!! Tell a friend

Follow Sam Williams of Instagram @JDSWDE

If you have questions, please contact Connie Chavarria via eMail: connie@snnla.org or Call: 818.470.7929




“Autism Awareness Month Takeover”

2:00 pm PST

Join us on Facebook LIVE for a LIVE music performance by Sam Williams.

Event Info


See you there!! Tell a friend

Special thanks for Jazz Hands for Autism

Follow Sam Williams of Instagram @iheartoldies

If you have questions, please contact Connie Chavarria via eMail: connie@snnla.org or Call: 818.470.7929




“Wellness Saturday”

11:30 am

In-Person Workout with celebrity Coach Cleon “CJ” Joseph. Join us! …get Motivated. 

Event Info

If you want to give light to others
you have to glow yourself.

Coach Cleon “CJ” Joseph
Certified Under the National Academy
of Sports Medicine (NASM)

Coach CJ 💪 (CJ’s Functional Fitness) has been a huge supporter of our South LA Gets Fit Program. He is going to be bringing that energy to our Special Needs Network community. So, Get ready for some fun, easy to do exercises that will get your body moving and feeling good

Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall
3650 West Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90008

The Bridge, Level 2 – Near Malik Books

If you have questions, Please contact Connie Chavarria via eMail: connie@snnla.org or Call: 818.470.7929




Faith-Based Service

9:00 am PST

Get inspired by the message  and songs of healing | Pastor K.W. Tullos “The Historical” Weller Street Missionary Baptist Church 

Event Info

129 S. Gless Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033 | Service Time: 9:00AM | In-Person + Facebook LIVE – @WellerStreetMBC 

Livestream: wsmbcla.org 

 | 323.338.9161




Faith-Based Service

10:00 am PST

Hear from our community faith-based leaders as they share words and songs of healing | Pastor George E. Hurtt. | Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church 

Event Info

3669 W. 54th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90043 | Service Time: 10:00AM In -Person (Registration required) + Facebook LIVE – @MtSinaiChurchLA

 | 323.338.9161




Children’s Art + Activity Class

11:00 am PST

This creative art therapy event will showcase the creativity and talents of children across the spectrum and beyond the label.

Event Info

If you have questions or to RSVP, Please contact Connie Chavarria via eMail: connie@snnla.org or Call: 818.470.7929




Virtual Happy Hour + Comedy Show feat. “V” @VVV Comedy

7:00 pm PST

Join “V” AKA Vana Theiro an Autism Mom who knows the value of laughter as she brings together comedic acts that will lift our spirits. If you love comedy this is a must-attend event. 

Event Info

If you have questions or to RSVP, please contact Connie Chavarria via eMail: connie@snnla.org or Call: 818.470.7929




Tools 4 Transformation Conference

7:30 am – 3:00 pm

The in-person conference will feature workshops covering a range of educational, health, and advocacy topics for parents, professionals, and the community. Followed by a resource fair.

Event Info

Conference Theme

Resilience, Resistance and Rebirth
Building Powerful Voices, Families and Communities

The workshops will be complemented with a comprehensive resource fair which will provide invaluable resources and tools necessary to access special needs services for kids, teens, and adults.  Contact  | 323.338.9161

 Registration Required:

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Meet Michelle Baylor

Michelle was introduced to Special Needs Network, Inc. in 2013 through the PAM program, and now she is one of our most involved Parent Advocate and Volunteer.

You are not alone

Your child  has just received a diagnosis of autism, you are probably feeling completely overwhelmed. It is never easy to learn that someone you love has a serious health or developmental condition. Nothing is quite the same after the diagnosis comes in from the doctor. Many families report mixed feelings of sadness and relief when their child is diagnosed. You may also feel relieved to know that the concerns you have had for your child are valid. An entire world changes just at the diagnosis, but there is hope for both the parents and the child.

Join our network

We are more than an organization that provides health resources. we are support group …we are a family. Parent’s that engage with special needs network and our programs become the living breathing resources for the parent’s that follow. We are strong alone, but a force together. 

Become and advocate

Our parent advocates participate in a wide-range of legislative advocacy campaigns and community and faith-based events throughout the state. Our “boots on the grounds” approach to community organizing helps to promote and support a wide-range of social justice issues and causes.   Our Advocacy Teams launch and participate in grassroots policy advocacy campaigns and conduct activities such as townhall meetings, community forums, letter writing campaigns, press conferences and social media campaigns.

Parent Advisory Council PAC

Parents are our greatest resource, and SNN’s Parent Advisory Council provides our organization, partners, and policymakers with critical advice and counsel on issues related to children, teens, and adults with a range of special needs. 

In-Person Events

Organization Employees

Virtual Programs

Families Served

Get In Touch

Location: 4401 Crenshaw Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90043

Telephone: (323) 291-7100

Email: info@specialneedsnetwork.org

School Hours: M-F: 8am – 5pm


In the NEWS

Press Releases + Statements

SNN serves as a link between families of children with autism and other developmental disabilities, underserved communities and the governmental institutions which often fail. 

CDC Reports Shocking Increase in Autism Rates

CDC Reports Shocking Increase in Autism Rates

Los Angeles, CA (12/15/2021) — Special Needs Network (SNN) is calling for urgent action in the wake of the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) shocking new report on autism prevalence among children. The CDC analyzed data from 2018 and found that an estimated one in 44...

Celebrating Women’s History Month

 In Celebration of the Vital Role of Women in American History

Celebrating Black History Month

A Celebration of African American Historical + Present Day Change Makers

Kevin Hart Picks Up Shopping Spree Tab for Special Needs Kids

One of Hollywood’s biggest stars teamed up with America’s largest brick-and-mortar retailer to spread joy this holiday season.
Kevin Hart and Sam’s Club are all in for a special L.A. nonprofit.