Special Needs Network and Heavenly Vision Church Host Autism Awareness Sunday

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Special Needs Network and Heavenly Vision Church, both based in Los Angeles, will raise awareness about autism on the last Sunday of Autism Awareness Month.

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We have spent the entire month of April addressing issues that families, particularly those in underserved communities, face on a daily basis when it comes to accessing quality healthcare and educational services for their children.

Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a new national rate for autism. The rate rose from 1 in 88 children to 1 in 50. This statistic is no stranger to Los Angeles where minority and underserved communities continue to struggle with access to care and timely diagnoses. April is Autism Awareness Month and as the month comes to a close, Special Needs Network (SNN), California’s leading grassroots autism advocacy organization, will partner with Heavenly Vision Church in Los Angeles to host an autism awareness fellowship on Sunday, April 28 at 11 a.m. The event will take place at Heavenly Christ Church at 243 West 85th Street and is free and open to the public.

“We have several families in our congregation that have autistic children and when we conversed with them, SNN was spoken very highly of and worthy of our donation,” says James Taylor, senior pastor of Heavenly Vision Church.

The church will match and donate all offerings raised that day to SNN as it leads the way in education, advocacy and public policy for children with developmental disabilities. The entire congregation will also be wearing blue in support of autism awareness.

“We are grateful that Heavenly Vision Church approached us about being involved with this event,” says Areva Martin, Esq., president and co-founder of SNN. “This will wrap up a series of important community events we’ve held throughout April.”

“We have spent the entire month of April addressing issues that families, particularly those in underserved communities, face on a daily basis when it comes to accessing quality healthcare and educational services for their children.”

About Special Needs Network
Special Needs Network (SNN) is based in Los Angeles and is California’s leading grassroots autism advocacy organization. SNN was established to help 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, visit http://www.specialneedsnetwork.org.

About Areva Martin, Esq.
Areva Martin, Esq. is a mother of an autistic son, multi-award-winning Harvard-trained attorney, author, on-air legal expert, and nationally recognized autism, disability and child's rights advocate. She is the co-founder and president of Special Needs Network, California’s leading grassroots autism advocacy organization, as well as managing partner of the LA-based law firm, Martin & Martin, LLP where she practices special education, labor and employment, and disability discrimination. To learn more about Areva, visit http://www.arevamartin.com.

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