LOS ANGELES, CA – Special Needs Network, Inc., a leading organization dedicated to serving children with developmental disabilities, is thrilled to announce that it has been awarded a generous grant of $60,000.00 from the QueensCare Charitable Board. This grant will provide vital support to the Stepping Stones program, which focuses on serving Black, Hispanic, and minority children, aged five years and younger.

The Stepping Stones program plays a crucial role in assisting families in helping their children improve their communication, motor, social, emotional, and behavioral skills. Through this grant, Special Needs Network will be able to provide comprehensive support, education, and resources to families, empowering them to navigate the unique challenges faced by their children.

QueensCare, a steadfast advocate for community-based organizations, is committed to building a network of caregivers to serve the healthcare needs of low-income communities in Los Angeles County. The grant from QueensCare underscores their dedication to fostering positive change and supporting organizations like Special Needs Network, Inc. that make a significant impact in their communities.

“We are honored to partner with QueensCare and are grateful for their generous support,” said Areva Martin, Founder of Special Needs Network. “This grant will enable us to expand the reach of our Stepping Stones program and provide essential services to children and families in need. Together, we will make a difference in the lives of young children with special needs.”

Martin continued, “At Special Needs Network, we believe that every child deserves the opportunity to flourish and reach their full potential. This grant from QueensCare is not only a financial investment but a validation of our mission to empower families and create a more inclusive society. With this support, we can continue to break down barriers and provide vital resources to children and families who need it the most.”

The Stepping Stones program has a profound impact on the lives of children with special needs and their families. By focusing on early intervention and comprehensive support, Special Needs Network aims to equip children with the necessary skills to thrive in all aspects of their lives.

Special Needs Network and QueensCare are united by their shared values of compassion, advocacy, and community engagement. This partnership exemplifies their dedication to creating a society where every child has equal opportunities and access to the resources they need to succeed.


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.

QueensCare is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization that provides accessible healthcare to low-income Los Angeles residents. Furthering the mission originally established by the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart, QueensCare brings preventative and direct care to the communities it serves through screenings, treatment, and educational initiatives. In addition to providing direct patient care, QueensCare gives charitable grants to other nonprofit healthcare organizations and works with the community, providers, and governmental agencies to develop and implement healthcare programs. As a faith-based organization, QueensCare cares for the whole person, in a culturally sensitive and appropriate manner.