Experienced Disability Advocate Spearheads New Initiatives, Enhancing CADD’s Community Impact

Los Angeles, CA – The Special Needs Network warmly welcomes Xavier Stiles to its team at the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD). As an accomplished project manager, community leader, and disability advocate, Xavier will lead our efforts in community outreach and partnership development, significantly contributing to the introduction of innovative programs and new revenue avenues.

Xavier brings a rich background in disability advocacy, having served as a faculty advisor, mentor, and speaker for organizations like RespectAbility and JDRF. His engagement in event production for global media and tech companies, coupled with his deep Los Angeles roots and contribution to Disney’s DEI initiative through his film “Black Belts,” positions him as a dynamic force for positive change at CADD.

“Inspired by my journey as a disabled individual from LA and my family’s experiences with autism, I am deeply committed to advancing CADD’s mission,” said Xavier Stiles. “I eagerly anticipate developing unique, inclusive, and safe spaces that reflect the Special Needs Network’s longstanding dedication to excellence in serving our community.”

“Xavier’s addition to our team marks a significant milestone in our ongoing quest to enhance our outreach and service quality,” said Areva Martin, Founder and CEO of Special Needs Network. “His unique blend of professional expertise, personal experience, and community-focused vision aligns perfectly with our core values and ambitions for the future of CADD.”

Xavier’s leadership will be crucial in launching several key projects, including innovative Saturday workshops and a thought leadership series designed to revolutionize autism services. He will also oversee the introduction of a groundbreaking social enterprise food truck and a culinary arts job training program, further diversifying community engagement strategies.

CADD continues to strengthen its relationships with Charles Drew University and local authorities, bolstered by diverse and multitalented clinical staff. Xavier Stiles’ leadership promises to usher in a new era of innovation and community engagement for the Special Needs Network and the CADD. Xavier’s role will be pivotal in deepening these partnerships and fostering new collaborations.