One of the most challenging aspects of raising a child with special needs is finding a supportive community. I first learned about Special Needs Network while searching for events for families with special needs children in the Los Angeles area. Their organization provided programs and resources for my special needs daughter. Based in Los Angeles, California, it is one of the few organizations that connects parents with resources for their special needs children.
On Saturday October 21st, Special Needs Network will hold their 12th Annual Evening Under the Stars Gala at the California African American Museum. The Special Needs Network will raise awareness about the impact autism has on the under-served communities of Los Angeles. Founder Areva Martin, she has become that special needs virtual support to so many families across the SoCal area. Known to audiences across the country from her regular appearances on The Dr. Phil Show, The Doctors, Anderson Cooper 360, Nancy Grace, Good Morning America and various other daytime talk shows and cable news shows including CNN, MSNBC, HLN and Al Jazeera. Areva is a TV host, author and go-to on-camera expert and commentator. She is consistently sought out to weigh in on breaking news with an emphasis on compelling legal, political, women’s and celebrity issues.
Special Needs Network (SNN) is based in Los Angeles and is California’s leading
grassroots autism advocacy organization. Since it started, it has provided services to over 40,000 kids and adults with a range of developmental and mental health disorders in the state's most under-served communities. It continues to live out its mission to support families faced with autism and other developmental disabilities. The organization focuses on raising public awareness, impacting public policy, increasing education and access to resources for families, children and adults. To learn more about this amazing organization and their commitment to special needs families, check out their website .
Areva Martin: Founder of The Special Needs Network