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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities

Mission: Special network provides advocacy resources and services to families raising children with autism and related disorders. Its work focuses on families who live in underserved communities and children of color.

Programs: Camp jpac - joe patton academy camp jpac is a full inclusion summer program directed at providing free behavior/social skill services to the underserved community of south los angeles. In 2013, camp jpac operated in two cycles and registred a total of 452 children. The camp is entirely free to familes with children ages 5 to 16. No child was turned away because of a disability. The camp provided compimentary hot lunch and snack daily for all children.

back to school health and resource fair is an annual resource fair that brings together over 2,000 special needs families with families of typicaly developing children, community partners, autism experts, and local civic leaders. Special needs network partnered with over 50 community service organizations to provide dental screenings, development screenings, blood pressure reading, etc to participants. The children enjoyed rock climbing, pony rides, petting zoos, etc. While parents accessed educational resources

special needs networks annual christmas care exchange and toy give-a-way supported more than 1,500 families with special needs children, their siblings and peers in underserved communities. During the events, we provided food, clothing and toys to these families. Each child received three or more holiday toys and participated in organized games, arts and crafts and storytelling events.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Panamericana Lodge #513, Masons of California, had the privilege of participating in Special Needs Network's Back to School Health and Resource Fair 2012, and not only were we impressed with the mission of this organization but also honored to have been given the opportunity to see and experience first hand the work that they do for the families they serve. The attention that this organization gives to these families and their children with developmental disabilities is first class. They make every effort to meet their needs in a safe, fun and educational environment, evident in the smiles of the children dancing, riding the ponies, making crafts, and many other activities they had available for these special angels. They not only made them feel welcome but they made sure all of the participating organizations like us were well taken care of. Their attention to detail was impressive, and the team of volunteers dispatched to our services to meet our every was the standard by which all other organizations should measure their own events. We as an organization are convinced that Special Needs Network is an essential, must have organization in South Los Angeles and the surrounding communities and the impact they are having on these wonderful families will have long lasting positive effects in years to come. If there is any organization you should lend your support to it should be Special Needs Network! We look forward to being a part of many future events with them. Panamericana Lodge #513 salutes Areva Martin, Staff and Volunteers of SNN for being EXTRAORDINARY!

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

This organization really does help those in need. I have watched SNN educate and empower families with developmentally disabled children. There are so many non-profits that say they are going to do something and don't - not the case with SNN. They take action and help wherever and whenever they can.