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 other families in the community. She documented autistic individuals spanning in 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 (on WAGM-TV)

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, and animate cartoons. 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 with Autism organizations, walks, fundraisers, and charities like Autism Speaks.

Angela’s brother Polyvios has his artwork displayed in art exhibits and he has sold 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/

https://www.wivb.com/news/local-news/gigi-s-playhouse-down-syndrome-achievement-center-to-open-in-wny/1462008331

 

RESOURCES:

Renters Rights for People with Disabilities

Managing Your Child’s Transition to Adulthood

Guide to Remodeling a Home for Adults with Special Needs

Special Needs Checklist: How Disability-Friendly is Your City?

Vocational Training for Adults with Special Needs

Autistic Home Decorating: Make Your Home Autism Friendly

12 Ways to Prevent, and Respond to, ASD Wandering

How to Help Your Child with ASD Overcome Her Fear of the Dentist and Establish Lifelong Healthy Oral Hygiene Habits

10 Tips for Getting Your Autistic Child Through a Haircut

The Top 3 Challenges to Finding a Babysitter for Your Special Needs Child — and How to Overcome Them

The Best Strategies for Calming Autistic Tantrums and Meltdowns

Do Sensory Processing Issues Get Better Over Time?

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