Special Needs Network, Inc.


Special Needs Network is now offering FREE training for non-profit organizations through our new 2-year program - In Pursuit of Equity (IPOE). We want to help our community-based organizations go to the next level and harness the power of advocacy through your leadership and key volunteers. Having been at the table with many of your organizations myself to address various public policy issues and collaborate on advocacy strategies for systemic change in our areas, it became evident that by building a powerful coalition of disability rights advocates within communities, the disability voice will be more effective at not only the local but at the state and regional levels.


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

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13th Annual Back 2 School Community Health + Resource Fair

Back 2 School is the biggest inclusion healthcare + resource fair in Los Angeles for children with developmental disabilities and their families. The event will bring out resource vendors to provide families with medical, dental, developmental, and mental health screenings, pro bono legal clinic, and educational workshops to improve overall health and wellness, and more.

  • Mt. Carmel Recreation Center – 834 W. 70th St., Los Angeles, CA 90044
  • 10:00am – 2:00pm

  • August 18, 2018

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9th Annual JPAC Summer Inclusion Camp

The only summer inclusion camp in Los Angeles for special needs children and their typically-developing siblings and peers ages 5 to 16, Special Needs Network’s Joe Patton Academy Camp (Camp JPAC) serves as a safe, fun haven for close to 300 participating children by providing a host of educational and recreational activities.

  • 5501 Eileen Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90043
  • July 9, 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


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.

2018 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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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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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: 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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