Monday, April 21, 2014


 I was perusing through YouTube, and I came across a song that my Mother use to play all the time, around the house, when we were little children. If she was in the kitchen preparing a meal, or cleaning the house, she would always put on the JAMS! -
I thought back to Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture Byrd II a.k.a. Donald Byrd -
the song is entitled: "Flight Time"....Click on the link, sit back and groove with me!

This video, by Bert Rogers, is so appropriate for the song - the air plane, the birds flying in formation, the animals in the wild...just beautiful.
It also reminds me of a book my Mother had us all read, using birds as a metaphor, "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" by Richard Bach, Russell Munson

Question - are you flying with your group of birds, that fly in formation, enhancing your lives - and you theirs? If not, don't wait another moment!
Listen to me. Find the birds with your same goals, dreams, ethics and moral values that you have. You know the ones? The kind of people with a light in their eyes!

People who are Doers.

I'm talking about those people that accomplish things, that aren't afraid to work hard to get what they want. People who are not crabs in a barrel, who help other people.
People who believe in what you believe in -  join the formation! Believe me, your life will be so much better!

Smooches, Carla

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Special 8TH Annual Tools for Transformation Conference and Legislative Breakfast - Special Needs Network, Inc.

So many people have signed up to attend the 2 day event for our Youth!

LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, and Senator Holly J. Mitchell, First 5 LA Commissioner Duane Dennis and other policymakers will be discussing the connection between quality early education, the achievement gap, and the need  to build a workforce for the economy of the future.
The 8th Annual Legislative Breakfast starts at 7:30 AM - on Friday, April 11th! Be sure to click on to the above link and register!(CAAM Museum)

 Advocates Summit - Friday, April 11, 2014, from 1:30PM - 5:00PM

On Saturday, April 12, 2014 - Special Needs Network, Inc. will have 16 Workshops on Topics including:

Caring For The Mental Health of Caregivers
Speakers: Dr. Ja Ne't Romerro, Health Development Services
Mr. Harold Turner, Director of Programs, NAMI Urban LA
8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

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
8:30 AM - 9:45 AM 
Family + Relationships - 

Speaker: Dr. Kesjana Cake, Clinical Director, California Psyhcare - 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Bullying And Special Needs Kids
Speakers: Emily Lland, M.A., President, Camino Cinema
Melissa Sherman, Executive Director, Beyond Bullies
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Making Treatment Decisions For Children And Youth With Developmental, Learning And Behavior Disorders
Speaker: Judith Benn, M.A., Founder, Milestones Educational Therapy Institute
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, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Cronin Assessment
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Parenting Practices - Behavior Concerns And Discipline
Speakers: Dr. Faye Carter,
Clinical Director, STAR of California
Dawn Allison Meggrerson, Head Start Mental Health Consultant, LACOE
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Advocacy, Education + Empowerment

Getting Your Young Adult A Job: Best Options For Young People With Disabilities

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

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Housing Options For Special Needs Families: Resources, Access, Special Accommodations And Fair Housing

Speaker: Housing Rights Center
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
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
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Contact: Special Needs Network, Inc. - 323.291.7100