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Special Needs Network’s mission is 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.
Special Needs Network, Inc. (SNN) is a nonprofit grassroots organization responding to the crisis of autism and other developmental disabilities in underserved communities. Our long list of programs and campaigns address issues from both a top-down approach - by changing government legislation; and bottom-up - by collaborating directly with parents, caretakers, and healthcare professionals who work with children with developmental disabilities.
Declared an epidemic by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, autism has taken and continues to take its toll on families across the nation. Did you know that more than 17% percent of all children under the age of 18 suffer from some form of developmental disability? Or that after mental retardation, autism is the most common developmental disorder? Today, one in every 88 children in the United States has autism, and in California, 13 children are diagnosed each day - that’s one child every two hours.
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