Delivering world-class expertise to families and providers

Every year, SNN brings families and providers together with renowned experts for the region’s largest and most comprehensive free autism/ADHD/LD conference.

Parents, clinicians, and providers build connections while learning about the latest research and strategies from experts in intervention, education, healthcare, culturally competent services, advocacy, and social justice. 

The day includes a meet and greet with special keynote speaker Val Demings, an advanced advocates summit, plenary session, and networking luncheon. An expansive resource fair for families features  health service providers, disability rights attorneys, and other special needs professionals. An awards presentation honors community leaders and young people who exemplify SNN’s mission and vision.  

This capstone event is our annual opportunity to expand our knowledge, celebrate our accomplishments, and raise the bar for success in the year ahead.  


The Tools for Transformation Workshop features:

+ Expert-led presentations and workshops

+ Massive resource fair

+ Exciting giveaways

+ Advocates Summit

+ Tool kits and resource materials

+ Interactive Learning Centers

+ Free breakfast and lunch

+ Interpretacion espanol esta disponible.

Free Street Parking or Paid Premium Parking Available

For more information contact Mary Lee 
323.338.9161 /

Media Segments

KCBS-TV/KCAL-TV | aired April 11, 2023 

KNBC-TV  | aired April 12, 2023


Track A – 11:45 AM to 12:30 PM

1| Advanced IEPs 
Developing Winning IPs, Calculating, Recovering and Maximizing Services Lost During the Pandemic and Working with Regional Centers.

2| Mental Health and Wellness  
Addressing the Impact of the Pandemic and Racial Trauma on Family Emotional Mental Health, Developing Wellness Tools
and Creating a Healthier Home Environment.

3| Interventions and Therapies  
Assessing the Root Causes of Disruptive Behaviors, Creating an Intervention Plan and Implementing Strategies from ABA to Play Therapy.


12:30 PM Break

Track B – 12:45 PM to 1:30 PM

1| Implicit Bias and Structural Racism  
Identifying and Understanding the Impact of Structural Racism in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Children and Adults with Autism
and Other 
Developmental Disorders.

2| Transitions and Independence  
Navigating Transitions from the Teen to Adult Years, Accessing Services and Benefits and Creating an Independent Life Plan.

3| One in 36  
Understanding the Recent CDC Report on the Increase in Autism Amongst Black and Latino Children,
Taking Action to Close the Disparities in Diagnosis and Treatment and Helping Kids Live Productive Lives.

Certification Training Panel + Workshop  –  11:45 AM to 1:30 PM

Collaborative Multidisciplinary Approaches to Early Intervention for Diverse Populations


+ Dr. Jenna Kobara, Assistant Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy from USCUCEDD/CHLA

+ Dr. Dejeunee Ashby, Board-certified Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician from St. John’s Community Health

+ Carolina Gonzalez, Associate Vice PresidentClinical Quality and Outcomes from Special Needs Network, Inc.

+ Dr. Ashley Wiley Johnson, Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist and Vice President from Los Angeles Speech and Language Therapy Center

This continuing education panel focuses on collaborative and multidisciplinary approaches to early intervention services for diverse populations. Panelists will share compelling stories that illustrate the benefits of collaborative intervention, candid insights about the challenges involved, and concrete strategies for overcoming barriers. This engaging discussion will also explore the impact of culture on child development and effective approaches for working with diverse families. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of how to apply effective strategies in their own practices, building the skills to deliver more impactful and inclusive early intervention services to diverse populations. This panel is designed for applied behavior analysts and other professionals involved in early intervention services for children from diverse backgrounds.

1:30 PM Lunch, & Resource Fair

1:45 PM Gift Distribution and Close of Conference