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8th Annual Tools for Transformation

Special Needs Network, Inc.

8th Annual Tools for Transformation

Registration Information

Type     Quantity
Legislative Breakfast ONLY
Friday, April 11, 2013. 8 am. Check in starts at 7:30 am (No childcare on this day.)
Free  
Tools For Transformation Conference ONLY (Parents Day)
Saturday, April 12, 2013. 8 am. Check in starts at 7:30 am (Childcare available for this day.)
Free  
Advocates Summit
For nonprofit and community leaders, advanced advocates, and professionals. Friday, April 11, 2013. 1:30 - 5:00 pm.
Free  

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8th Annual Tools for Transformation Conference and Legislative Breakfast

Early Childhood Education – An Investment Worth Making!

The largest conference of its kind in Los Angeles, Tools for Transformation, will bring together renowned experts in medicine, law, education, and advocacy for the purpose of providing families with cutting edge information and resources through a full day of classes and workshops. Presented by Special Needs Network, Inc., this comprehensive annual conference will  focus on critical issues related to autism, developmental and learning disabilities, ADHD,  mental health, education and advocacy, and is a must-attend event for parents, advocates, and health care professionals. 

 

Activities will include workshops and seminars led by recognized experts, book signings with special guest authors, advanced advocates’ summit, plenary session, networking luncheon, and an awards presentation for exemplary figures in the community including outstanding students who have beat the odds to achieve education and/or career success.  A resource fair will provide families the opportunity to connect with health service providers, disability rights attorneys, and other special needs professionals. 

 *IMPORTANT* Free childcare is available on Saturday ONLY.


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Legislative Breakfast

Friday, April 11, 2014

The California African American Museum, Exposition Park
600 State Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037

Check-in: 7:30 am   Breakfast: 8:00 am

Legislative Breakfast is the inaugural event for the two-day conference. Meet California's most influential elected officials and participate in a lively examination of significant issues facing today's children and youth: Early Childhood Education and Workforce Development. Now it's your turn to weigh in on these critical issues and be a part of Los Angeles' leading call-to-action gathering committed to making a difference for our children and families.

 

Speakers  (Speakers will be updated as information becomes available) 

• Hon.  Kevin de León (Opening Remarks)
  State Senator, (D-CA 22)

• Hon. Mark Ridley-Thomas – 
  Supervisor, Los Angeles County, (2nd District)

• Hon. Holly Mitchell 
  State Senator, (D-CA 30)

 



Advocates Summit  

Friday, April 11, 2014

Radisson Hotel Los Angeles Midtown at USC
3540 S. 
Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007 

From: 1:00 pm   To: 5:00 pm

For experienced advocates including, nonprofit and community leaders, advanced parent advocates, and policy and legislative advocacy professionals, the Advocates Summit will provide hands-on, peer learning opportunities and leadership training. The summit will focus on building and sharpening core competencies for advancing social justice, community organizing, legislative advocacy, fundraising, branding, and communication skills. Experts from around the state will facilitate the workshops and special guests will inspire, motivate, and assist participants take their advocacy expertise to the next level.

 


 

Tools for Transformation Conference (Parents Day)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

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: noon
Wrap-Up + Give-Aways: 3 pm

The largest and most comprehensive free autism/ADHD/LD conference in Los Angeles, this conference presents workshops by the country’s most renowned experts in intervention strategies, education, healthcare, and advocacy. Attendees are treated to giveaways, book signings, networking functions, and an awards luncheon which highlights the accomplishments of students with disabilities.

Spanish Interpreters Available / Interpretación al Español Disponibles 

 

16 Workshops on Topics including:

(Speakers will be updated as information becomes available)


Family + Relationships


// SEXUALITY AND RELATIONSHIP CHALLENGES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WITH ASD AND DISABILITIES 

        Speaker:  Dr. Kesjana Cake, Clinical Director, California Psyhcare

        Time:  8:30 am - 9:45 am

 


// CARING FOR THE MENTAL HEALTH OF THE CAREGIVERS

        Speakers:  Dr. Ja Ne't Romerro, Health Development Services

                           Mr. Harold Turner, Director of Programs, NAMI Urban LA

        Time:  8:30 am - 9:45 am

 

 

// BULLYING AND SPECIAL NEEDS KIDS 

        Speakers:  Emily Iland, M.A., President, Camino Cinema  

                          Melissa Sherman, Executive Director, Beyond Bullies                                                                     

        Time:   10:00 am - 11:15 am

 


// PARENTING PRACTICES - BEHAVIOR CONCERNS AND DISCIPLINE 

        Speakers:  Dr. Faye Carter, Clinical Director, STAR of California
                           Dawn Allison Meggerson, Head Start Mental health Consultant, LACOE

        Time:   1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

 


 

Diagnosis + Treatment


 

// EARLY IDENTIFICATION, DIAGNOSIS AND PRESCHOOL OPTIONS 

 

        Speakers:  Dr. Sandra D. Williams, Head Start Disability Services Consultant, LACOE
                           Dr. Evelin Garcia, Family Psychologist, Private Practice

 

        Time:   8:30 am - 9:45 am


// MAKING TREATMENT DECISIONS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH WITH DEVELOPMENTAL, LEARNING AND BEHAVIOR DISORDERS

        Speaker:  Judith Benn, M.A., Founder, Milestones Educational Therapy Institute

        Time:   10:00 am - 11:15 am

 

 

// THE CHANGING NATURE OF ADHD AND MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES IN YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS

        Speaker:  Dr. Sigi Hale, Research Scientist, SEMEL Institute UCLA

        Time:   10:00 am - 11:15 am

 

 

// UNDERSTANDING THE NEW DSM-V: HOW NOT TO LOSE YOUR AUTISM DIAGNOSIS 

        Speakers:  Dr. BJ Freeman, Professor Emerita of Medical Psychology, UCLA

                           Dr. Pegeen Cronin, Licenced Clinical Psychologist, Cronin Assessment

        Time:   1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

 


 

Advocacy, Education + Empowerment


// GETTING YOUR YOUNG ADULT A JOB: BEST OPTIONS IN EMPLOYMENT TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

        Speaker:  Mr. Steve Miller, Executive Director, Tierra Del Sol Foundation

        Time:   8:30 am - 9:45 am

 

 

// HOUSING OPTIONS FOR SPECIAL NEEDS FAMILIES: RESOURCES, ACCESS, SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS AND FAIR HOUSING

        Speaker:  Housing Rights Center

        Time:   10:00 am - 11:15 am

 

 

// SMOOTH TRANSITIONS: MEETING THE NEEDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE WITH ASD AND DISABILITIES

        Speakers:  Medical Staff, Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center

        Time:   1:15 pm - 2:30 pm



// EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DEVELOPING IEPs, REGIONAL CENTERS AND INSURANCE COVERAGE

        Speakers:  Elizabeth Eubanks, Esq., Inland Empire Regional Director, 
                          Disability Rights Legal Center

                          Kristin Jacobson, Co-Founder & President, 
                          Autism Deserves Equal Coverage

        Time:   1:15 pm - 2:30 pm




 

For information on conference or breakfast sponsorship, resource vendor or presenter please contact Special Needs Network at 323.291.7100 or info@specialneedsnetwork.org.

Have questions about 8th Annual Tools for Transformation? Contact Special Needs Network, Inc. 



Have questions about 8th Annual Tools for Transformation? Contact Special Needs Network, Inc.

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Special Needs Network, Inc.

Our Mission

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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