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Hollywood moms join autism panel discussion

The panel will include opening remarks by Ridley-Thomas, an outspoken voice on the Board of Supervisors for funding for early diagnosis and treatment of children with autism.

Two-day conference joins medical and legal experts, Hollywood, and county government to focus on autism in minority communities

LOS ANGELES (MNS) — Hollywood personalities Tisha Campbell-Martin and Holly Robinson-Peete are mothers of children with autism, a disorder of profound social disconnect rooted in early brain development. Both have availed their celebrity to a distinguished panel of Hollywood, government, medical, and legal experts, who will converge for a panel discussion on autism, April 9, at The Junior Blind of America, 5300 Angeles Vista Blvd. in Los Angeles [MAP].

Titled, “Autism and Communities of Color 10 Years of Service: Where Are We and Where Are We Going,” the panel begins at 8:30 a.m. and joins Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas with autism experts Daniel H. Geschwind, M.D.; B.J. Freeman, Ph.D.; Kristina Lopez, Ph.D.; Brian Capra, Esq., public counsel; and Vana Thiero, a parent advocate.

TV host Areva Martin (The Doctors), mother of an autistic teen and founder/ president of Special Needs Network, a non-profit advocacy group for families of children with autism, rounds out the distinguished convergence. She says the panel is part of a free two-day conference open to parents, caregivers, and professionals.

Martin cited the importance of famous personalities who wrangle with a major health issue in their families like autism, helping to direct public focus on it — a malady not fully understood in the African-American and Latino communities

“I am thrilled to have both Tisha and Holly join our panel discussion because both of these women are devoted mothers who understand the challenges faced by families with children on the spectrum,” said Martin “They both generously use their celebrity status to raise awareness for this important cause that affects so many families.”

Campbell-Martin has been open in sharing her story publicly to expand awareness and understanding about autism. In 2013, she produced and starred in Colored My Mind, a documentary exploring the underserved needs of Black families of autism.

Robinson-Peete is the co-founder of HollyRod Foundation, dedicated to providing compassionate care to those living with autism and Parkinson’s disease.

The panel will include opening remarks by Ridley-Thomas, an outspoken voice on the Board of Supervisors for funding for early diagnosis and treatment of children with autism.

For more information, contact: juan@specialneedsnetwork.org, 323-291-7100

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