Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Life is About Choices - What Lane Would You Choose?

Hey all of you beautiful people! I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate you all for reading my blog and supporting me over the years. Having said that, keep in mind what you've heard me say so many times; Life is about choices. What road are you driving up? What direction are you heading in? I'm traveling in the right lane...Won't you join me? Choose L-I-F-E. Choose L-O-V-E.

What I mean is, we all get 24 hours in a day. What you make of it is up to you (God Willing, of course!)

Try to the best of your ability to talk about positive things, places - not people. Stay away from negative people. Smile more. Show some kindness to others. Put on your favorite music and dance more often!

Do yourself a favor. Invite love in. Let it sit a while. You just might be pleasantly surprised to know that Love fits you well! (I know you're smiling - I can feel it!)

Enjoy this day, and know that we all have choices to make in life. Choose life! Choose love....

Oakland Bay Bridge, en route to San Francisco, CA.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

R.I.P. Madiba - Nelson Mandela - Thank You

President of the United States, Barack Obama at the right hand of President Nelson Mandela

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

#GivingTuesday | Special Needs Network Inc. (SNN)

What would you do if you knew that your child's been diagnosed with Autism? You would pray for the best and search around for a support group, a team of people who could add practical ways to provide the best support for your child. You would probably reach out to other "brave parents of children with autism who have refused to give up."  - Meet Areva Martin Esq., Award-winning Attorney, Author, Speaker,
Television Personality, and Co founder of Special Needs Network. You see, when she learned that her son, Marty, (at the age of 2) was diagnosed with autism, that is precisely what she did.

Areva Martin, Esq. is a wife, mother, attorney, community activist and her sister's keeper. You see, everyday, the parents, staff and volunteers @Special Needs Network, Inc.(SNN) work to create a world where children with special needs are loved and cared for.

Areva Martin Esq. with JPAC participants 2013
Special Needs Network, Inc.(SNN) Mission:
"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 under-served communities and mainstream developmental disability organizations and governmental institutions, which often fail to address issues specific to these communities. SNN firmly believes that dignity, hope, opportunity are the birthright of all children."

Check out the Special Needs Network Blog! Our Biggest Graduating PAM Class Yet.

Up and Coming Events:
Parent Advocacy Mentor Program (PAM) - Providing especially designed classes (for Free) for parents, caregivers, and professionals who work with special needs children. These classes are provided on a quarterly bases. Childcare, breakfast and all materials are provided. To sign up for the next cycle of classes - contact 213.389.7100 |

Special Needs Network Holiday Toy Drive 2013 - #5000toysSNN plans to distribute more than 5,000 unused toys to special needs children! Please donate a toy! Drop off toys
Special Needs Network, 4401 Crenshaw Blvd., Suite 215, Los Angeles, CA 90043 or call 323.291.7100

"We know our goal of collecting 5,000 toys is ambitious, but we also know so many families depend on our toy drive. Kids with disabilities deserve for the holidays to be just as special as everyone else. It's eye-opening to see just how many children and families would go without if not for the generous donations of so many." Says Areva Martin Esq.

Hats off to Areva Martin, Esq. for being an advocate for children and their parents, providing the proper tools to help them navigate through an otherwise world that seems to allow some to slip through the cracks, without a voice. Thank you for co-sponsoring  SB 946, "a bill that mandates that private insurance carriers cover autism therapies." (information taken from - Activism)

Must read:
The Everyday Advocate: Standing Up for Your Child with Autism or Other Special Needs, by Areva Martin Esq.

Follow Special Needs Network on Twitter: @SpecialNeedsLA
Facebook: Special Needs Network 
#GiveTuesday - Special Needs Network Donations
(Thank you, Areva Martin, Esq., Executive Assistant, Manuel Deran, staff,  The Todd Group, for  your kindness, which means everything.)