LACEF partners with Special Needs Network through our Stay Well Learn Well® School Health Center Initiative to exam early detection of developmental disabilities, specifically autism and to promote and reinforce the link between education and child health and development. In South Los Angeles children with autism will soon have a school-based health center in their community to meet their special developmental needs. LACEF’s $250,000 investment into School Health Centers will advance the mission of SNN by supporting child developmental assessment programs at a $2.2 million Autism Medical and Developmental Clinic on the campus of Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital in Willowbrook. The Developmental Clinic funded by: Los Angeles County, California Endowment, and St. John’s.
Mission: SNN aims 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 and opportunity are the birthright of all children.