Autism Awareness

 

In 2014 Angela created a 5-part Autism Awareness series at WAGM-TV in Presque Isle, Maine. She started the series by sharing her personal family connection to autism, and then shared the stories of 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, MA. 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, 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 involved in Autism organizations, walks, fundraisers, and charities like Autism Speaks.

Angela’s brother Polyvios Christoforos has 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:

https://www.wivb.com/news/local-news/assistance-offered-for-travelers-with-autism-at-buffalo-niagara-international-airport/1388504930

https://www.wivb.com/news/local-news/autism-awareness-month-programs-offered-in-wny/1128637219

https://www.wivb.com/news/letchworth-state-park-adapting-to-meet-needs-of-people-on-autism-spectrum/1042171422

https://www.wivb.com/news/local-news/lakeview-family-struggling-to-get-services-to-care-for-son-with-severe-autism-behaviors/1043000818

http://wivb.com/2016/11/17/buffalo-based-rapper-with-autism-releases-debut-album/

http://wivb.com/2016/10/27/growing-need-for-more-human-services-support-staff-in-group-homes/

http://wivb.com/2016/10/26/childrens-book-by-wny-mom-highlights-bond-between-autistic-brother-and-his-sister/

http://wivb.com/2016/10/25/vacant-historic-frontier-house-in-lewiston-put-to-good-use-for-halloween/

http://wivb.com/2016/10/07/wheelchair-accessible-swings-taking-group-home-in-cheektowaga-to-new-heights/

http://wivb.com/2016/10/06/supported-employment-program-helps-people-with-disabilities-find-jobs/

http://wivb.com/2016/09/29/special-classrooms-in-niagara-falls-cater-to-children-with-developmental-delays/

http://wivb.com/2016/09/19/special-education-teacher-gives-parents-window-into-classroom-through-blog/

http://wivb.com/2016/09/14/wny-families-fighting-for-more-residential-homes-for-people-with-developmental-disabilities/

http://wivb.com/2016/09/02/orchard-park-high-school-football-player-with-autism-able-to-play-5th-year-while-appeal-is-processed/

http://wivb.com/2016/07/19/sensational-fun-inc-in-orchard-park-provides-judgement-free-zone-for-kids-with-special-needs/

http://wivb.com/2016/07/13/special-hand-cycle-bicycle-allows-hamburg-boy-with-cerebral-palsy-to-ride-using-his-arms/

http://wivb.com/2016/04/15/new-redemption-center-offers-paid-job-training-for-people-with-disabilities/

http://wivb.com/2016/03/31/bachelor-pad-gives-seven-young-men-with-down-syndrome-independence/

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