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About the Author

Areva Martin, Esq., is a nationally recognized expert on autism advocacy who has appeared on Dr. Phil, Good Morning America, and FOX News, and has counseled hundreds of parents of autistic children.
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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade; Reprint edition (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451232291
  • ASIN: B005M4O1DQ
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,260,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Known to audiences across the country from her regular appearances on The Dr. Phil Show, as well as national stints on Fox News, NPR, and Court TV Radio Television, Areva Martin is one of television's most in-demand legal experts/analysts.

A quotable authority on workplace, disability rights, education, custody and women's issues, this accomplished and multi-award winning lawyer, syndicated columnist, author and public speaker is also quoted and or featured on the pages of publications ranging from the Los Angeles Daily Journal to Cookie Magazine to Redbook and the LA Times.

The founding and managing partner of Martin & Martin, LLP, Areva has built a reputation for ACTION. ??In addition to positioning her firm as one of the premier African-American female owned firms in LA, Areva has developed a multidisciplinary civil practice, which serves some of the nation's top corporations, non-profit organizations, governmental entities and high net-worth individuals. She is also President and co-founder of Special Needs Network, Inc. (SNN), a non-profit launched specifically to support families with special needs children.

In addition to being a sought after legal expert, Areva is also an inspiring author. Her second book, The Everyday Advocate, is scheduled for release by Penguin books in early 2010. Her first book, Journey to the Top, is a must-read for female professionals interested in achieving the ultimate career success.

Areva's notable awards and achievements include:
* 2007 Woman of the Year Award from Los Angeles County
* 2007 Neighborhood Hero from Bank of America
* 2008 Smart Cookie Award from Cookie Magazine
* 2008 Women of Worth Award from L'Oreal Paris
* 2008 Trailblazer Award from First AME Church
* 2008 Leadership Award from California Legislative Black Caucus
* 2008 Power Hero Award from the United Cerebral Palsy Research Institute
* 2008 Professional Excellence Award from the Association of University Women
* 2009 Power PAC Award from LawPac

She is the only African-American woman and attorney on the California Legislative Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism and is the Chair of several organizations, including:
* Chair of the South Los Angeles Autism Regional Task Force for
the California Senate Select Committee on Autism.
* Founding member and Chair of the Ebell of Los Angeles'
Women in Leadership Department
* Chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.

Areva graduated with honors from both the University of Chicago and Harvard Law School. She is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles. ??She is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and currently resides in Los Angeles with her family. ??

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By sher fou on May 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Areva Martin, the author of "Everyday Advocate" is both a passionate advocate for the autism community and a successful, Harvard-educated attorney. It is not surprising that this book connects with both the head and heart as Ms. Martin describes her personal journey to advocacy after her youngest son's autism diagnosis at eighteen months (he is now ten years old). Her courageous fight on behalf of her son now benefits the larger autism and developmental disability community and those who care for them as it is transferred through the expertise found in this book. In addition to Ms. Martin's compelling personal story, this book provides practical "real-world" applications and advocacy tools that will embolden and empower you and your family as you face special challenges as you fight for your loved ones. This book, written in plain English, will meet you where you are in your journey....but you will either develop or strengthen your advocacy skills with its insights and recommendations.

Be clear, this is a very practical book.....after reading it, you will be stronger and armed for your possible struggles on behalf of your loved one(s) and work with doctors, school districts, among others. This book really does the "heavy lifting" for those who need and seek help. There is an overwhelming abundance of information available on the "worldwide web" and Ms. Martin helps you sort out and manage this information overload. I highly recommend this book; I only wish this book had been available earlier (I have a middle-aged sister with Downs Syndrome and Autism) but better late than never!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donna Casey Aira on May 14, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
The Everyday Advocate lays out a road map to find and secure the many resources available for my child. Author Areva Martin gave me the tools to be an educational advocate and get the support my special needs child requires. The book is both empowering and inspiring with a multitude of sources all parents with special needs children should know.

Donna Casey Aira
Parent Advocate
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By V. Goins on August 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was really expecting something different when I borrowed this book from the library. 99% of the book was completely useless to me as a parent who has been walking down the autism road for years now. It is far better suited for parents who have just found out their child may have autism.

The author is a neurodiversist and anti-curist and is not afraid to tell you that. I think it's definitely wrong to push these particular beliefs onto parents who are new to autism. This is their journey, not hers.

It was very strange to read in one paragraph that children have been cured from autism and then in another one that there is no cure and you shouldn't go looking for one. This is where neurodiversity comes in: the old mantra 'no one should cure me' and 'there's nothing wrong with me' bit. It's a very odd movement that not everyone agrees with, and this should have been noted in the book if it was going to be brought up.

She tells us in one paragraph that she decided not to use the autism diet for her son because it would deprive her daughter of foods they love--insisting that if one person was on the diet, everyone should be on it. She then concluded that she wasn't going to do this intervention if it only had a slight chance of success. She doesn't tell us whether she did any genetic testing, or a celiac's test, to determine that there would only be a 'slight' chance of success. She passed all of this up so that her daughters wouldn't resent their brother. What a fantastic excuse for being lazy!

It was just too weird that she encourages readers to do their research and find studies of good repute while at the same time quoting the CDC on practically every page.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marcie A. Booth on May 27, 2013
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I am reading this book as I'm training to become a special education advocate. Having met Arevea and taken her PAM (Parent Advocacy Mentor) training in Los Angeles, I can say this book has been very helpful. I believe that many treatments can be helpful in improving the quality of life and education for persons with developmental delays, so we should always keep trying to help find more treatments, give more support and encouragement and positive feedback for the strengths, and always believe in the possibilities. Areva has touched my heart in encouraging everyone to stand up and speak out for those we love. Thanks, Areva!
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