Autism Advocacy

 

Angela emceed the the 4th annual Night for Independence  Gala to benefit Western New York Independent Living. Proceeds raised from the event benefit Independence Express, which is an effort to connect people with disabilities to accessible transportation throughout Western New York.

 

 

 

 

In 2014 Angela created a 5-part Autism Awareness series at WAGM-TV in Presque Isle, Maine. She started off the series by sharing her own personal family connection to autism, and then shared the stories of other families in the community throughout the rest of the series. She documented autistic individuals spanning an age range from 5 to 23 and a woman in her 50’s. She also outlined resources available to families in Northern Maine.

A Series on Autism Awareness: Part 1 

Urban Update (on WHDH-TV, 7 News Boston)

On Mother’s day in 2012, Angela’s Urban Update Show ‘An artist with Autism’ aired on WHDH-TV in Boston. The talk-show style segment featured Angela’s mother Georgia Christoforos, a member from the National Autism Association, and her autistic brother Polyvios.

Polyvios is a talented artist with autism. He can draw, paint sceneries, and he also loves cartoon animation. The ‘Artist with Autism’ segment demonstrates his artistic abilities, as well as his charismatic personality. But because Polyvios has such a high IQ, he does not qualify for essential services. The show addresses those similar to Polyvios that fall in the gray area.

In 2009 Polyvios won first place in the New England Congressional Art Competition; earning his painting of Greece titled ‘Dusk at the Acropolis’ a spot in the House of Congress in Washington DC for a whole year.

Angela is an advocate for her autistic brother Polyvios, she is involved in Autism organizations, walks, fundraisers, and charities such as Autism Speaks.

Angela’s brother Polyvios Christoforos has had his artwork displayed in art exhibits and he sells his artwork to raise money for autism charities. You can check out his work at the following links:

http://pauliecstuff.tumblr.com/

                          https://www.facebook.com/polyviospaintings

WIVB-TV stories, raising awareness for the developmentally disabled community:

Buffalo-based rapper with autism releases debut album

Growing need for more human services support staff in group homes

Children’s book by WNY mom inspired by bond between autistic brother and his sister

Vacant historic Frontier House in Lewiston put to good use for Halloween

Wheelchair accessible swings taking group home in Cheektowaga to new heights

Supported Employment program helps people with disabilities find jobs

Special classrooms in Niagara Falls cater to children with developmental delays

Special Education teacher gives parents window into classroom through blog

WNY families fighting for more residential homes for people with developmental disabilities

Orchard Park High School football player with autism able to play 5th year while appeal is processed

Sensational Fun Inc. in Orchard Park provides judgement free zone for kids with special needs

Special hand cycle bicycle allows Hamburg boy with cerebral palsy to ride using his arms

New redemption center offers paid job training for people with disabilities

Bachelor pad gives seven young men with down syndrome independence

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