Central to all of Special Needs Network’s programs is the concept of advocacy. We know that advocacy makes a difference – whether it is on the grand stage of sweeping social change or in the everyday life of a single child. As such, we consistently engage in various initiatives and campaigns designed to impact public policy for children and adults with special needs and their families.
Last year, we led the charge for insurance reform in the state by co-sponsoring SB 946, a bill that mandates that private insurance carriers cover autism therapies. We are currently working to normalize the spending that the state of California provides for children with autism and to ensure that daycare providers receive the training they need to better identify children with special needs. We also regularly sponsor and participate in community forums, lectures, town hall meetings, and conferences, and we make full use of all forms of media to raise awareness about developmental and other disabilities and to engage community participation in activities designed to improve the lives of children.