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Areva Martin

Kids First! Be a #KidVoter

Areva Martin | Posted 11.03.2014 | Education
Areva Martin

We know that early education creates a foundation. We know exposure to words, language and literacy provides a ladder to boost children with extra challenges to the starting line in kindergarten.

NFL Has Opportunity to Enforce #NoHitting Policy

Areva Martin | Posted 11.16.2014 | Parents
Areva Martin

We can't expect adults to refrain from violence if, as children, they learn it's acceptable when cloaked in terms of "discipline." We cannot interact in ways that rely on or revert to any form of physical and emotional battering, even if we label it "discipline" or "tough love."

Domestic Violence in NFL Bigger than Ray Rice

Areva Martin | Posted 11.10.2014 | Impact
Areva Martin

Millions of women, including myself, across the country are shocked and enraged that it took an elevator surveillance video and the resulting media response to draw attention to domestic violence.

Asperger's Is Accused but Still Not Guilty

Areva Martin | Posted 08.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Areva Martin

When we declare Asperger's "guilty," with inaccurate media reports linking autism and violence, we perpetuate the stereotypes that individuals with autism are incapable of being mainstreamed and fully integrated into their communities at best, and at worst, we label autistic individuals as social deviants.

Tools for Peace: The Power and Know-How to Address Bullying and School Violence

Areva Martin | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Areva Martin

Students also need help! Both those who are bullied and those subjected to bullying need guidance and assistance in order to address root causes and redirect negative behaviors.

New Survey Can Help Us Demand Change

Areva Martin | Posted 06.08.2014 | Education
Areva Martin

You, too, can use a personal situation to change an entire system.

More Autism: Run Faster, Do More

Areva Martin | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
Areva Martin

In trying to find the best in health care and education for Marty, I have met hundreds of African-American boys and girls like him -- kids who are misunderstood, marginalized and written off as unproductive and incapable of learning. These disparities are nothing new.

Lean In to Your Unique Dreams

Areva Martin | Posted 05.20.2014 | Women
Areva Martin

I leaned in to my ambitions despite my fear. I decided I had no choice but to forge ahead using what has always gotten me through the toughest periods of my life: faith and hard work.

The Women Who Keep the Good Going

Areva Martin | Posted 05.13.2014 | Women
Areva Martin

I love that March marks Women's History Month, and that each year at about the same time, spring awakens me to what's new. I am also reminded of the blessings of old and of what I've received thanks to the many women who've come before me.

Thanking the Women in Our Lives

Areva Martin | Posted 05.10.2014 | Impact
Areva Martin

The load of responsibility placed on the shoulders of women in our society is heavy. It's stressful. It's hard work. It's not easy.

Opening Our Hearts to Special Needs Children

Areva Martin | Posted 04.16.2014 | Impact
Areva Martin

The Avonte tragedy has started a conversation that will hopefully continue, hopefully keep things moving to bring about more action and awareness. Every parent should have the confidence of knowing their child is safe when away from home and family.

Patiently Standing Together for Change

Areva Martin | Posted 03.16.2014 | Black Voices
Areva Martin

As we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King and continue to mourn for Nelson Mandela this month, I'm reminded of the power of patience.

Is Obamacare What the Doctor Ordered for Kids with Autism?

Areva Martin | Posted 12.01.2013 | Politics
Areva Martin

Given the research and recommendations by the nation's leading pediatricians, the majority of states are not following the doctors' orders. Children with autism need more, deserve more and are counting on all of us to ensure they get more.

Mother's Day Tribute: Areva Martin, Founder of Special Needs Network

Chantal Sicile-Kira | Posted 07.09.2012 | Impact
Chantal Sicile-Kira

Mothers such as Areva Martin are necessary for our society to evolve. The disparity that exists between equal rights and equal opportunities is obvious, and not just to neurotypicals.

Areva Martin's Happy Family

Rebecca Walker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Rebecca Walker

I can personally attest to the fact that it's very possible to love, nurture and care for a child with autism while running a gratifying career.