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Sixth Annual Tools for Transformation Conference and Legislative Breakfast
The Sixth Annual Tools for Transformation Conference and Legislative Breakfast “Pathways to Equality” will be taking place on Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14. 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.
Day 1 (Friday, April 13) – Legislative Breakfast & Advocates Summit
Location: Radisson Midtown at USC, 3540 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90001
A discussion on critical issues related to health, education, and social justice. Meet prominent local and state elected officials and participate in a call-to-action to improve the health and wellness of children and families.
Speakers include LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, LA City Controller Wendy Greuel, CA State Senator Curren D. Price, Jr., CA State Assemblymember Holly J. Mitchell, MALDEF President Thomas Saenz, Esq., and more.
Following the breakfast there will be an Advocates Summit, an exclusive leadership training program for experienced advocates, nonprofit directors, grassroots organizers, and other professionals involved with policy and legislative advocacy activities. Contact the SNN office if you wish to apply for this exclusive event. A VIP reception will follow with drinks, hors d’oeurvre, and live entertainment.
Day 2 (Saturday, April 14) – Tools for Transformation Conference
Location: Junior Blind of America, 5300 Angeles Vista Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90043
Activities include 12 workshops and seminars led by the country’s most renowned experts on accessing services, the latest medical and behavioral interventions, and jobs, book signings with special guest authors, plenary session, a networking luncheon, and an awards presentation for exemplary members of the community, including awards to outstanding students who have beat the odds to achieve success in their education and or career despite a disability.
There will also be a massive resource fair where families will have the opportunity to connect with health service providers, disability rights attorneys, and other special needs professionals.
Junior Blind of America
5300 Angeles Vista Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90043
Day 1 Location (not displayed in map): Radisson Midtown at USC, 3540 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90001