6th Annual Tools for Transformation Conference & Legislative Breakfast a Success!

We are happy to report that our 6th Annual Tools for Transformation Conference & Legislative Breakfast was a big success! Nearly 2,000 families showed up over two days for resources, support, and education on health and advocacy related to autism, learning disabilities, ADHD, and behavioral disorders. This year’s conference included more than 50 speakers, 50 resource vendors and 150 kids who spent the day at our signature Camp JPAC childcare program! Free breakfast, lunch, canvass totes, iPads and much more completed the empowering weekend.

On Friday, April 13th, the Legislative Breakfast brought out more than 600 guests to the Radisson Hotel at USC. Emceed by ABC7 news anchor Marc Brown, the three-hour gathering gave participants the opportunity to engage in dialogue with top city and state lawmakers and advocates. The Advocates Summit in the afternoon provided advanced training to experienced advocates on topics such as Community and Coalition Building, Fundraising, Social Media Campaigns, and more!

Saturday’s Parents and Professionals Conference at the Junior Blind of America featured 12 workshops on a wide range of topics relevant to families affected by autism and related developmental disabilities. Attendees were treated to a massive resource fair where they connected with special needs professionals in healthcare, education, and disability rights law. Best-selling author Chantal Sicile-Kira presented a heartfelt keynote speech at the Joe Patton Beyond Barriers Awards & Networking Luncheon, where superstar student Breanna Clark was presented with the $1,000 scholarship award to help with her transition into college in the fall.  Last but definitely not least, Rio, an autistic rapper had us all up on our feet shouting the lyrics to his song “We Will Prevail.” The day ended with free give-aways of iPads and other exciting gift packages to our families most in need.

What did you think of this year’s event? We are always looking to improve and would love to hear from you. Call us in the office or e-mail your feedback to info@specialneedsnetwork.org. We hope to see you again next year!

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