Navigating Autism

Navigating Autism Handbook for parents and autism advocates proving autism is different, NOT less. Be different. We are autism advocates that help parents on a one-on-one basis.

We answer most questions for free. Our book breaks down the bureaucracy associated with autism, therapy, IEP, and special education for all 50 states. We identify and answer the 6 most important questions that will help you. Who are the people I need to contact? What is it that they do? Where can I find them in my city? Why should I care about the service they provide? When is the appropriate time

to contact them? How do I apply? We break them down in an easy to follow step-by-step process that anyone can follow.

Please like and share - JUNE 18, 2024 - SAVE THE DATE - Bella Zoe will be performing her original song from the film Onc...
05/29/2024

Please like and share - JUNE 18, 2024 - SAVE THE DATE - Bella Zoe will be performing her original song from the film Once More Like Rain Man with the EPIC Players at the Bourbon Room Hollywood

Melissa Martinez-Areffi
OMLRmovie
Glory and Injustice

EPIC Players (Empower, Perform, Include, Create), founded on August 25, 2016, is a nonprofit, neuro-diverse theatre company dedicated to creating professional performing arts opportunities and Read More

Bella’s new song just dropped Distant Goodbyes (feat. Lily Honigberg) [Radio Edit] - Single by Bella_Daze!
04/14/2024

Bella’s new song just dropped

Distant Goodbyes (feat. Lily Honigberg) [Radio Edit] - Single by Bella_Daze!

Album · 2024 · 1 Song

Bella Zoe’s new song just dropped Distant Goodbyes (feat. Lily Honigberg) [Radio Edit] - Single by Bella_Daze!
04/14/2024

Bella Zoe’s new song just dropped

Distant Goodbyes (feat. Lily Honigberg) [Radio Edit] - Single by Bella_Daze!

Album · 2024 · 1 Song

Watch Kennedy, Alex and Bella on the The Tink Tank Neurodiverse News Network. Please like, share, and subscribe to help ...
01/17/2024

Watch Kennedy, Alex and Bella on the The Tink Tank Neurodiverse News Network. Please like, share, and subscribe to help build this amazing venture. Tinktankanimate

12/17/2023

Like and share!
Bella Zoe - our youngest - autistic actress and advocate
OMLRmovie - an autism PSA that’s going to festivals this season, breaking stereotypes in autism in a funny, bittersweet and sometimes painful, way. Filmed entirely at the historic (and beautiful) Palace Theatre in DTLA. With appearances by Joe Mantegna Sosie Ruth Bacon Sue Ann Pien - 邊思恩 The Tal Anderson Wrong Planet James Ponsoldt Barry Papick Felix Pire Tracy Reiner Anedra Shockley KMR Talent Agency Matt Jones Suzann Ellis Spurgeon Melissa Jo Engle James Paxton Danielle Perez FilmFreeway Comic
If it didn’t tag someone, it’s me, not them, lol. There are so many amazing people that donated so much of themselves to make it happen.
Mikael Sharafyan Costume Design by Mikael Sharafyan Geri Oppenheim Christy Tagatac

More than half of the cast and crew in Once More, Like Rain Man are neurodiverse. The other half they put up with our NT oddities.

12/07/2023

GeekFest Film Fests - anyone have pics to post of the panels? Women of Sci-Fi LA Filmmakers

Yay!
10/13/2023

Yay!

08/14/2023

First casting call tomorrow.

05/29/2023

As an autistic actress and filmmaker Bella Zoe is breaking some barriers! She developed the character of Glory and Injustice to NOT be autistic / because her disability doesn’t define her. Autism means autism, not less. Besides, who seriously wants to be “normal?”

We had never actually been to a comicon before. Next is Long Beach Comic Con and Expo and Los Angeles Comic Con! It was a blast. Met a ton of super cool weird people like us. 😉

Just won GeekFest Film Fests Comic Con Revolution - Ontario last weekend! And Best Of Fest!
Bella also took the top prize in the costume competition as Jinx from Arcane. KMR Talent Agency Eric Michael Cole Andy Areffi FilmFreeway LA Film Festival Avatar: The Last Airbender Jackie Dallas Mae Whitman Fauxy Fox Sean E Crouch Tinktankanimate Comic Crusaders

05/03/2023

Submitted the schedule for GeekFest Film Fests Comic Con Revolution - Ontario

Stay Tuned!!

"Don't you girls see--they're showing you a 'past' without you." We shot the investor promo for my next short film (dire...
01/04/2023

"Don't you girls see--they're showing you a 'past' without you."

We shot the investor promo for my next short film (directed by Sue Ann Pien) about making a place in Hollywood history for autistic talent in front of and behind the camera--and, in this case, autistic females.

If you'd like to contribute and make this film a part of entertainment history--either as a star cameo or with financial backing--please let us know ASAP!

Thanks to the generous Palace Theatre for letting us shoot the promo there.

12/30/2022

Throwback to Glendale International Film Festival!
Here's Writer/Producer Melissa Martinez-Areffi, Bella Zoe Martinez (Glory), Jonathon Booker (Boomerang), and Visual Effects Artist Alex Areffi--talking about why we made this film, what inspired us, some tidbits, and more!

Thank you to Glendale International Film Festival! And to everyone who supported making our dream into a film! We had a fantastic 2022 on the festival circuit...stay tuned for more exciting announcements!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours.
12/27/2022

Merry Christmas from our family to yours.




Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.
12/26/2022

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.


TFW...😅😂 The many faces of Lord Injustice (Eric Michael Cole)! Which one's your favorite?
12/16/2022

TFW...😅😂
The many faces of Lord Injustice (Eric Michael Cole)! Which one's your favorite?

The many faces of Glory (Bella Zoe) 😄 Which one's YOUR favorite? 🥰
12/15/2022

The many faces of Glory (Bella Zoe) 😄 Which one's YOUR favorite? 🥰

Thanks to all who joined us yesterday at the Santa Clarita International Film Festival! Now here's a sneak peek of an aw...
12/11/2022

Thanks to all who joined us yesterday at the Santa Clarita International Film Festival! Now here's a sneak peek of an awesome recording session a few days back, with Bella and her sister Kennedy (visual effects artist on ). Stay tuned for some exciting news...! 👀

TODAY IS THE DAY! Santa Clarita International Film Festival today at 5:30pm! Our leading lady Bella (and Mom!) had a fab...
12/10/2022

TODAY IS THE DAY! Santa Clarita International Film Festival today at 5:30pm! Our leading lady Bella (and Mom!) had a fabulous time last month at the Lone Star Film Festival, and now we're ready to do it again a little closer to home! SoCal friends & fans: please join us this evening to celebrate! Scan the QR code or grab your tix here: http://ow.ly/n1AI50LYScr

Tomorrow is the day! SoCal friends & fans: Come see   at the Santa Clarita International Film Festival! Scan the QR code...
12/09/2022

Tomorrow is the day! SoCal friends & fans: Come see at the Santa Clarita International Film Festival! Scan the QR code, or click here for tix: http://ow.ly/QKfz50LYPTf

Will you be joining us this Sat 12/10 at the Santa Clarita International Film Festival? We hope so! ☺️ Scan the QR code ...
12/08/2022

Will you be joining us this Sat 12/10 at the Santa Clarita International Film Festival? We hope so! ☺️ Scan the QR code or click here for tickets: http://ow.ly/QolQ50LYAKR Thanks for all your support!

18 days until Christmas but ONLY THREE DAYS until the Santa Clarita International Film Festival!  Have you gotten your t...
12/07/2022

18 days until Christmas but ONLY THREE DAYS until the Santa Clarita International Film Festival! Have you gotten your tix yet? 👀 All those on the "Nice List," check here: https://sciff.ticketspice.com/sciff-2022?registrants.source=GLORY We're playing Sat 12/10 (full schedule on site). Hope to see you there! 🥰

I know this is true with our kids.    is a major factor in coping with problems.
10/18/2022

I know this is true with our kids. is a major factor in coping with problems.

Compared with their unaffected siblings and unrelated controls, children with autism harbor more copy number variants in genes that govern the circadian cycle or are associated with insomnia.

If you have a kid on the     who is interested in art and storytelling this is a great program that will help them devel...
10/13/2022

If you have a kid on the who is interested in art and storytelling this is a great program that will help them develop and build skills they could use to make a living.

Autism Parents Support Group For Families in Ontario,CanadaAutism Awareness by GreaterGoodWorld Autism Awareness DayAutism Society of America

Artists on the Autism Spectrum Production

National Autistic Society offers some accessibility guidance for websites.
08/30/2022

National Autistic Society offers some accessibility guidance for websites.




Accessibility enhancements on the National Autistic Society website

It's so important that first responders know how to deal with kids and adults on the
08/30/2022

It's so important that first responders know how to deal with kids and adults on the



Firefighters in Cornwall are being told this week that people with autism spectrum disorder are seven times more likely than others in society to have an…

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