Naming RIGHTS OpportunitiesYOUR NAME. OUR VISION. THEIR FUTURE.
Special Needs Network has spent more than 15 years transforming the lives of children with autism — particularly children whose families are, all too often, shut out or left behind by our health care systems.
Community we serve
Our IMpact has been profound
But the latest research shows that the need for critical, early outreach to underserved families has never been greater.
SNN is rising to meet the tide. Will you rise with us?
SNN’s constituency is impoverished families, families of color, and other marginalized populations impacted by developmental disabilities. We focus on South Los Angeles, a region that faces the deepest disparities and greatest needs due to socioeconomic and sociodemographic obstacles, including poverty, violence, underperforming schools, and environmental inequalities. This region is also critically under-resourced in the area of developmental disabilities. Some families have never even heard of autism, and when they do receive a diagnosis, do not know how to proceed or manage their children’s health and educational needs.
A Message From
President + FOUNDER
After George Floyd, waves of people across the country rose up to demand that issues of structural racism be examined and ultimately dismantled. This groundbreaking Center and its innovative programs and services are answering the call for change. Supporting our work means supporting a transformational organization created by a Black woman. Led by African Americans and people of color. Serving people of color. Employing people of color. In their community, with their voices at the center of the response. Creating pathways for healthier and more fulfilling lives. This Center is a living testament to what can happen when we join together to address medical racism, the long and justified history of distrust of people of color have for the medical community, and the inequities that result. For donors who want to make a difference in the health and wellbeing of marginalized people while helping to battle social injustices—this is the partnership for you.
New, state-of-the-art Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders
C.A.D.D. will be located in the Willowbrook/Watts neighborhood of South Los Angeles and housed in the soon-to-be-completed MLK Child & Family Wellbeing Center. It is set to open in June 2022. This new center will complement and further the mission of the MLK Hospital, which is now serving as a hub for a wide network of clinics and outposts designed to combat the poor health outcomes and inequities in the region. On the Hospital campus, residents receive quality, coordinated, and continuous care for all their healthcare needs. With the launch of C.A.D.D, this will include Applied Behavior Analysis, Physical Therapy, Social and Life Skills, as well as Pediatrics and Dentistry provided by our partner St. John’s Well Child, for families affected by developmental disabilities. It will serve families in the immediate surrounding neighborhoods, as well as families in the nearby communities of Compton, Green Meadows, Harbor Gateway, Lynwood, Vermont Vista, Watts, and West Compton. These communities cover Service Planning Area 6, a region that faces the deepest disparities in care due to socioeconomic and sociodemographic obstacles.
• SPA 6 has the highest poverty rate in Los Angeles County at 31%.
• Low-income children are often diagnosed at older ages than their more affluent peers, giving them fewer opportunities for proper intervention and treatment.
• SPA 6 is diverse with the highest percentage of African Americans in the area (28% compared to 8.5% city-wide) and Latinos (68% compared to 48% city-wide).
• African American children are grossly overrepresented among children with special health care needs. In Los Angeles County, 30% of children with special health care needs are African American; however, African American children only make up 12% of children in Los Angeles County.
• In SY 2018-19, African American and Hispanic /Latino students were less likely to be identified with autism when compared to all students with disabilities. – Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) – U.S. Dept of Education.
Special Needs Network firmly believes that the gross disparities that disabled African American/Latino children face in accessing critical health care and related services including educational support, is one of the 21st century’s most pressing civil rights and social justice issues. By ending these disparities and dismantling systemic racism that relegates them to second class citizens, generations of Black and Brown children will have an opportunity.
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.
Your legacy will be lives transformed by the skills to speak confidently, to make friends and pursue talents, to learn with their peers in a classroom, to live independently. To grow and thrive, laugh and love.
WHY WE Need your SUPPORT
Like many nonprofit organizations, Special Needs Network Inc has faced a number of significant financial challenges these past two years because of COVID-19. Although staff and families alike have been impacted, SNN has fought to keep its doors – and its arms – open in the communities where we serve, remaining a beacon of hope for South Los Angeles. With our new, state-of-the-art Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders (the CADD) set to open in South LA this June, we are reminded of how far we’ve come, and how much we’ve persevered against the odds. We are so close to completing this dream project… but we need YOUR help!
Originally scheduled to open in 2019, the Center’s launch was delayed by pandemic-related construction and supply challenges. We have made this far help us cross the finish line.
The main construction of the building is near completion, but we need support to cover fixtures and furniture that will allow us to provide a state-of-the-art and technologically advanced experience for families.
SNN and the families we serve know that some things happen on their own timeline — but the need can’t wait any longer.
How will you be remembered?
Special Needs Network is accepting pledges payable over one to three years, as well as outright gifts of cash, real estate and other appreciated assets. We welcome your questions about how you might increase your gift potential by combining a pledge and a planned gift. Naming opportunities for gifts to the Campaign for Special Needs Network range from $10,000 to $5 million. You may make your gift in honor or memory of someone, including a care provider. Please contact Special Needs Network at 323-291-7100 for more information about your gift.
Every space in the new center including outdoor spaces such as a garden and sports court may be named in recognition of the generosity of an individual, organization, corporation or family.
Marquee Name. . . . . $100,000
Premium Tile. . . . . . . $75,000
Platinum Tile. . . . . . . $50,000
Gold Tile. . . . . . . . . . . $25,000
Silver Tile . . . . . . . . . . $10,000
Bronze Tile. . . . . . . . . $5,000
Purple Tile. . . . . . . . . $2,500
Honor Tile. . . . . . . . . . $1,000
Martin Luther King Child and Family Well-being Center.
Special Needs Network, with the support of the County of Los Angeles, a host of generous donors and YOU, is poised to transform the developmental disabilities community in Los Angeles and the state of California.
After 15 years of boots on the ground advocacy work, training of thousands of families and other non-profits in our signature advocacy model, and developing our own robust behavior therapy program, Special Needs Network is ready to take an innovative leap into the future. This will be California’s first-ever, full-service autism health and community center.
Never in our city, or even our state, have comprehensive medical and developmental services been available under one roof in an economically distressed community.
What the Community is Saying
“When I heard there could be a center like this, for my child, in my neighborhood, it brought tears of joy and relief to my eyes.”
Mother of 2 Children with Autism
“I never imagined there would be a place with coordinated care for my kids’ medical and developmental needs—I know from working with SNN that having this Center will accelerate his development by leaps and bounds.”
Mother of 4 Kids, Two with Autism
“Having a place that provides therapy for my child plus family mental health counseling and evenjob training will give me a chance to get back in the job force while my daughter gets the services she needs. I feel like this Center will finally allow me to start to rebuild my life after being devastated by Covid.”
Father of Three Children, One with Mental Health Challenges
For More Information
Director of Development
Telephone: (323) 961.9948