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Tools for Transformation Conference: A Comprehensive Two-Day Event

Join the Special Needs Network for a two-day conference designed to unite professionals and families involved in the developmental disability and autism community. This event promises a blend of professional development, networking and practical resources tailored to both the experts in the field and the dedicated families navigating the special needs landscape.

Day 1: Professionals Day – Friday, April 12, 2024

Location: West Los Angeles College | Fine Arts Auditorium
9000 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230
Free Parking in the South Parking Structure

Time: 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Professionals Day is crafted for experts in the developmental disability and autism sector, offering a series of insightful presentations, workshops and networking opportunities. Expect to engage in enriching discussions on culturally competent care, earn Continuing Education Credits, and connect with peers during our Jazz Networking Happy Hour. Featured speakers include Dr. Omekongo Dibinga, Dr. Eraka Bath, and Dr. Jonathan Tarbox, among others, who will provide invaluable insights and strategies for enhancing your practice.

Day 2: Parents Day – Saturday, April 13, 2024

Location: California State University, Dominguez Hills | Innovation & Instruction Building
1000 E Victoria St., Carson, CA 90747

Time: 7:45 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Town Hall: Autism, Mental Health, and Policing
The killing of 15-year-old Ryan Gainer by a San Bernardino sheriff’s deputy on March 9 sent shock waves through the autism and mental health communities. After years of purported law enforcement training on awareness and sensitivity, how could such a tragedy occur? Our grieving communities deserve answers, accountability and change.

The conference offers an engaging program with 12 expert-led workshops designed for immersive learning experiences. Participants can expect hands-on activities that enhance understanding, along with ample networking opportunities. The workshops cover a range of topics.

Parents Day is dedicated to families, educators and professionals, offering workshops, discussions, and a resource fair designed to empower and support the special needs community. From learning about advocacy and rights to exploring therapeutic techniques and navigating the complex system of care, this day is packed with resources to support your journey. Engage with expert-led interactive workshops, connect with a supportive community, and gain access to essential services and resources.

Both days of the conference are free of charge, courtesy of the DDS CORE Workforce Development Grant, reinforcing the commitment to the growth and support of the special needs community. Space is limited, so reserve your spot now for an opportunity to grow, network and contribute to a more inclusive world.

Join in the Tools for Transformation Conference for a transformative experience designed to foster professional growth, community support and inclusive practices in the developmental disability and autism field.


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