By Ilene Proctor (Los Angeles, CA, Sept. 29, 2015) –The Special Needs Network's has given thousands of autistic kids roots to grow, wings to fly with the help of Google, literally changing the concept of autistic to awe-tistic.. The 10th Annual “Evening Under the Stars” was a musical anthology of hope, insight and inspiration. It’s impossible to feel cynical after basking in the collective wit and wisdom of so many big hearts giving to special needs children, Honored were Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas with NBC 4 Beverly White as MC. Gala Chairs Hon. Herb Wesson Jr., Hon. Karen Bass, Hon. Isadore Hall III, presented sponsors Sony, CBS and Toyota and several politicos on hand. Numerous stars including Kym Whitley, Omorosa, Bai Ling, Carla Ortiz and many more adding to last year's stellar turnout highlighted by Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates and Sheila E. Grammy-nominated artist B. Slade is evening's musical director with a special performance by lauded artist Angie Fisher a true musical treasure whose voice sparkled like a display at Tiffany’s SNN, the first parent-driven organization to make issue of underserved kids with Autism a funding and policy priority for State, has helped over 40,000 families over last decade in marginalized communities. is changing the future, one child at a time. The Foundation is all about celebrating great human achievements, and during this fundraiser the world was shown pride, spirit and a deep commitment to helping each other. This evening showcased what individuals are capable of doing. It let people know that autism is not equivalent to a world of silence, but rather can be a world filled with sound, joy and beauty.” Unique amongst organizations, SNN gives autistic children the self-esteem, confidence, skills, and motivation to effectively empower them to realize their full potential and live a healthy, rewarding lifestyle. It is the lead organization in essential autism legislation including SB 946 which in 2011 mandated private health insurance companies to pay for autism therapies and the expansion for Medical to cover 70,000 low income kids with autism in 2014. Along with St. John, SNN spearheaded the first and only autism community health center previously located in Compton which will open on the newly designed Martin Luther King Hospital campus later this year. SNN lists among the possible causes of Autism: environmental toxins, mercury, the preservative Thimerosal in vaccinations, processed food, compromised immune systems, and a genetic propensity

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