SNN kicked off Autism Awareness Month with a BIG bang at the Hollywood Half Marathon, 10k/5k Walk & Run on Saturday, April 6, 2013. Our special team of parents, staff, board members, and supporters trained for two months to help raise awareness about obesity in underserved communities such as South Los Angeles, which is currently facing a health and obesity epidemic: a whopping 33% of the residents are obese.
Join Special Needs Network and L.A. County Board of Supervisors Chair Mark Ridley-Thomas on the #iStand4Peace movement to inspire and empower young individuals to take a stand against bullying and school violence.
As a grassroots organization that focuses on autism and other developmental disabilities in underserved communities throughout California, we are dedicated to building health, families, and stronger communities. More than just an organization – we are a movement; a movement that goes forward, faster, when dedicated and committed people get involved.
Kick-off to the most exciting summer camp in Los Angeles for over 300 special needs kids and their siblings. Camp JPAC is the only free summer inclusion day camp in LA for special needs children and their typical peers and siblings ages 5 to 16. Application for this year’s Camp JPAC will begin in April.
Legislative Breakfast, on day one of the Tools for Transformation Conference, 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!
Special Needs Network joined LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, civil rights leader and MSNBC political commentator Rev. Al Sharpton, journalist Warren Olney, labor leader Maria Elena Durazo and actor Hill Harper at the 20th Anniversary Empowerment Congress Summit at the University of Southern California’s Bovard Auditorium to launch Equality for Our Kids: Stand Up, Speak Out and Take Action—a year-long initiative to normalize the distribution of services provided to children with autism spectrum disorders.
This black tie gala brings together over 300 of Los Angeles’ top corporate executives, political leaders, entertainers, and stakeholders. More than just an opportunity to raise awareness about the impact of autism and related disorders on underserved communities, this signature event raises money to fund our growing list of programs that benefit children and families from these communities. Last year’s honorees included CA Senate President pro Tempore The Honorable Darrell Steinberg and Twilight producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen.
Camp JPAC is the only inclusion camp in South Los Angeles for special needs children and their typically-developing siblings aged 5 to 16 years old. Free to children from low- and moderate-income families, Camp JPAC is a two-week program that not only provides its participants with a full day of educational and recreational activities but also encourages interaction between children with special needs and their typical siblings — something that is crucial for children on the autism spectrum to develop their social skills. Video produced by CBS.
3rd Annual A Pink Pump Affair
Sunday, May 1, 2011
An afternoon high tea celebrating the exemplary figures who are working hard to make a difference in our communities and raise money for vital programs that underserved families with special needs depend on. Last year we hosted special Lifetime Achievement Honoree US Senator Barbara Boxer, L.A., Excellence in Media Honoree Jason Katims, creator and executive producer of NBC’s hit series Parenthood, and Author and Autism Advocate Monica Holloway.