Autism

SNN Holds Town Hall on Autism, Mental Health, and Policing

In an impactful and enlightening town hall at the annual Tools for Transformation Conference hosted by Special Needs Network (SNN) at California State University, Dominguez Hills, thought leaders, advocates, and community members gathered for a Town Hall on Autism, Mental Health, and Policing.

Autism: Separating Fact from Fiction

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in 36 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) based to estimates from the CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network. Having a better understanding of whether a child has autism, and separating facts from fiction are important as the spotlight is placed on this often-misunderstood disorder. “It’s important to educate oneself to be able to dismiss widespread misinformation as that can lead to stress and anxiety that in the long run may be detrimental to both the parents, as well as the child’s health and future,”

Meet Children’s Author and People Builder Derrick Jakolby Washington

Children’s Author Derrick Jakolby Washington, is encouraging young Black boys and Black girls to embrace themselves with his innovative and insightful books. Driven by his extensive work in Human and Social Services, Washington considers himself to be a “people builder,” aiming to empower others with the skills needed to improve their quality of life and be successful.

11th annual Special Needs Network Pink Pump Gala Tea and Fashion Show

On Sunday, May 19 over 450 powerful women and a few good men came together for the 11th annual Special Needs Network Pink Pump Gala tea and fashion show. This year’s Women of Distinction honorees, actress Vanessa Bell-Calloway, autism self advocate Spencer Harte and TV Personality Robin McGraw, dazzled the audience with heart-filled acceptance speeches.  Attendees dressed in pink to symbolize the power of women philanthropy and to acknowledge the boldness of their collective efforts of supporting children and families. A “Destination Vacation” fashion show was presented by Galina Sobolev and her designer brand, Single LA. This celebration of women

Film Review: Roman J. Israel, Esq.

This unorthodox arrangement worked well for Roman who, besides his disorder, is a longtime political activist dedicated to a progressive agenda, namely, to assist downtrodden individuals unfairly ensnared in the net of the prison-industrial complex.