Areva Martin the Founder of the Los Angeles based Special Needs Network, who'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 joins eHealth Radio and the Autistic Syndrome Information & Health News Channels.
Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Areva Martin discuss the following:
- Why did you start special needs network and how is the work that it does different from mainstream autism organizations like Autism Speaks?
- Has there been an increase in the incidence of autism over the last decade and what is the current incident rate?
- How are various communities impacted differently?
- What are some of the biggest myths and misunderstandings that people have about individuals with autism?
- What is on the horizon for Special Needs Network?
Areva Martin is known to audiences across the country from her regular appearances on Dr. Phil, The Doctors, Anderson Cooper 360, Nancy Grace, Good Morning America and various other daytime talk shows and cable news shows including CNN, MSNBC, HLN and Al Jazeera. She is a TV host, author and go-to on-camera expert and commentator. She is consistently sought out to weigh in on breaking news with an emphasis on compelling legal, political, women’s and celebrity issues. Her unique ability to go to the heart of matters in a commanding, yet passionate, manner has gained her great popularity with the media and world-wide audiences.
Areva is also is a multi-award winning Harvard-trained attorney and advocate who has been featured on the pages of publications ranging from the Redbook, Parenting to Ebony for her advocacy on behalf of victims and the “underdog.” Throughout her career, Areva has been a strong advocate in promoting diversity, inclusion and equity. She has been recognized for her distinctive work on behalf of women and children with many national and state awards including the Los Angeles County Woman of the Year Award, L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth, KCET Local Hero Award, Ford Foundation Unsung Hero, Farmers Insurance Living Legends Award and the California Legislative Black Caucus Civil Rights Leadership Award to name a few.
She is the founder and President of Special Needs Network, Inc., a Los Angeles based non-profit organization created specifically to raise awareness of issues that impact individuals with autism and related disabilities living in under served and marginalized communities. Areva has raised millions of dollars for autism and is leading the organization on a campaign to build the state’s first-ever autism medical health home for kids as a part of the historic Martin Luther King Hospital health campus.
Areva is the author of two books, Journey to the Top, a popular career guide for professional women and The Everyday Advocate: Standing Up for Your Child with Autism and Other Special Needs (Penguin 2010), a regularly used reference book for parents and professionals.
A graduate with honors from Harvard Law School and the University of Chicago, she is the founding and managing partner at Martin & Martin, LLP, one of LA’s premiere female and African American law firms. Areva has been consistently identified as one of LA’s top attorneys including being selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer for 2014 and 2015, a distinction reserved for the top five percent of the attorneys in the state.
Areva lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children. A lover of all things social media, she is a runner with a passion for half marathons.