7th Annual Tools for Transformation
7th Annual Tools for Transformation Conference and Legislative Breakfast:
From Newtown to Our Town: Gun Violence and Safe Communities
Presented by Special Needs Network, Inc., this comprehensive parent and professional conference focuses on issues related to autism, learning disabilities, ADHD, mental health, and other developmental disabilities. The largest conference of its kind in Los Angeles, Tools for Transformation brings the country’s most renowned experts in medicine, law, education, and advocacy to provide families with cutting edge information and resources through a full day of classes and workshops. This is a must-attend event for parents, advocates, and health care professionals.
Activities also include book signings with special guest authors, an advanced advocates summit, plenary session, a networking luncheon, and an awards presentation for exemplary figures in the community, including awards to outstanding students who have beat the odds to achieve success in their education and or career despite a disability. Moreover, families are treated to a massive resource fair where they have the opportunity to connect with health service providers, disability rights attorneys, and other special needs professionals.
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*IMPORTANT* Free childcare is available on Saturday ONLY.
Friday, April 12, 2013
Radisson Midtown at USC
3540 South Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90001
Check-in: 7:30 am
Breakfast: 8:30 am
Legislative Breakfast is the kick-off event for the two-day conference. Meet California's most influential elected officials and participate in a lively discussion on one of the biggest issues facing today's children and youth: gun violence and school safety. Some advocates are calling on elected officials to enact tougher gun control laws, while others say the solution lies in more financial resources for mental health and developmental disability services. Now it's your turn to weigh in on this critical issue and be a part of Los Angeles' biggest call-to-action to keep our kids safe.
Distinguished panelists will include LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Congresswoman Janice Hanh, Senator Kevin de León, Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell, and District Attorney Jackie Lacey. ABC news anchor Marc Brown will serve as the emcee. Live entertainment will be provided by LA County High School for the Arts Jazz Band and Sonja Marie.
Friday, April 12, 2013
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
For nonprofit leaders, advanced parent advocates, and professionals, the Advocates Summit will provide hands-on training and peer learning to help build skills and improve organizational effectiveness. The summit will focus on core skills for advancing social justice, community organizing, legislative advocacy, fundraising, branding, and communications. Experts from around the state will facilitate the workshops and special guests will inspire, motivate, and help participants take their advocacy expertise to the next level.
Tools for Transformation Conference
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Junior Blind of America
5300 Angeles Vista Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90043
Check-in and Breakfast: 7:30 am
Conference Begins: 8:00 am (Yes I Can Awards Luncheon at noon)
Wrap-Up & Giveaways: 2:30 pm
Autism advocate, author, and former competitive surfer Israel “Izzy” Paskowitz will join us at the Yes I Can Awards Luncheon on Saturday at TFT as the Keynote Speaker and featured author. After his son, Isaiah, was diagnosed with autism at age three, Izzy founded Surfers Healing with his wife Danielle. They had one clear goal in mind: to enrich the lives of people living with autism by exposing them to the unique experience of surfing. The idea came to them after they discovered that surfing had a profound therapeutic effect on Isaiah. They wanted to share this enriching experience with other autistic children and families.
Spanish Interpreters Available / Interpretación al Español Disponibles
Complete List of Speakers:
16 Workshop on Topics including:
- Financial Planning
- Resources, Housing, and Life Skills
- Tips on Finding a Job and Landing a Career
- Accessing Services at Regional Centers and Beyond
- Legal Rights and Self-Advocacy
- School Safety and Bullying
- Early Diagnosis and Treatment
- Different Therapy Options
- Transitioning into Adulthood
For information on how to become a conference or breakfast sponsor, resource vendor or presenter please contact Special Needs Network at 213-389-7100 or email@example.com.
Special Needs Network’s mission is to raise public awareness of developmental disabilities and to impact public policy, while providing education and resources to families, children and adults. SNN serves as a link between underserved communities and mainstream developmental disability organizations and governmental institutions, which often fail to address issues specific to these communities.
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