Autism Advocacy Category

Williamsville restaurant staff show “uncommon kindness” to boy with autism

One thing I really love about my job as a TV New Reporter is the unpredictability. You never know what could come up from one day to the next. It could be story about a tragic situation, a story about an issue that impacts many people, or sometimes it’s a story that totally pulls on […]

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Emceeing the 4th Annual Night for Independence Gala

This weekend, I emceed the 4th annual Night for Independence at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens in Depew. The event was organized by Western New York Independent Living, which is one of several agencies in the WNY area that provides services for people with disabilities. Proceeds raised from the event benefit Independence Express, which is an effort […]

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Emceeing Buffalo premiere of ‘Life, Animated’

I enjoyed Friday night’s Buffalo premiere and post film discussion of the Oscar-nominated ‘Life, Animated’ at the North Park Theatre. The Museum of disABILITY History and Autism Services, Inc. hosted this Oscar nominated documentary to shine a light on what it’s like to have autism. It moved me to tears! Life, Animated tells the story […]

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People Inc. Recruitment Event

Yesterday I was a VIP Media Guest at the KeyBank Center, where People Inc. teamed up with the Buffalo Sabres to host a Recruitment Rally. People Inc. has various employment opportunities to help people with developmental disabilities and special needs move closer to their life goals and dreams. Attendees had a chance to learn about […]

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Working with Kyle

Meet Kyle Tilley! He’s a happy go lucky 20-year-old from Lake View NY. Kyle has down syndrome, and his twin Justin has autism. Both boys are very sweet, but his twin Justin struggles with severe behavioral issues. I have done a story before on the challenges the Tilley family faces with Justin: http://wivb.com/2016/12/29/lakeview-family-struggling-to-get-services-to-care-for-son-with-severe-autism-behaviors/ I met […]

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Advocating for the developmentally disabled

This Monday, I will be at the Lexus Club in the KeyBank Center for People Inc. Recruitment Rally with the Buffalo Sabres. You can learn more about working with people with developmental disabilities, and how it hits close to home for me.  There’s a great need for human services support staff. (I  actually work with […]

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Disability Housing Crisis

Hey guys, sorry it’s been a while since I’ve posted to my blog! Between work, the craziness of the holidays and travel last month, working on side projects, and squeezing in 3+ workouts a week life just catches up to you sometimes! I wanted to share a recent sweeps special report I did. (It aired […]

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Aroostook Autism Christmas Celebration

(Left to right: Aroostook Autism Support group founders Maeghan Swanson, Lisa Brewer, and myself!) On Saturday (12/13) the Aroostook Autism Support group hosted it’s first ever annual Aroostook Autism Christmas celebration. It was at the Nordic Heritage Center from 1-4 pm. It was an event like no other in Aroostook County for families and children […]

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Maine Association of Broadcasters Award

On Saturday September 27th, I was recognized by the Maine Association of Broadcasters for my Autism Awareness series. I won a 2nd place award in the Public Affairs category, ranked out of the whole state. I am very proud of this not only because it’s my first broadcasting award ever but also because it is […]

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Autism Series Part 5: Aroostook Autism Support Group

PART 5 ON SET from Angela Christoforos on Vimeo. Through my Autism awareness series I’ve talked to doctors and local families affected by autism, and in the process I’ve learned some of the widespread struggles that families face in Aroostook County. To wrap up my Autism awareness series, part 5 hones in on available resources […]

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