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WXXI's Helene Biandudi Hofer honored for coverage of disability issues

Jul 21, 2017

Hélène Biandudi Hofer, host and producer of WXXI’s weekly news and public affairs program Need to Know, was honored at the Center for Disability Rights’ (CDR) Annual Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Gala Fundraiser at the Rochester Museum and Science Center Thursday night.

Hofer received the Adele Carlson Advocacy Award in recognition of her extensive coverage on disability issues. Her coverage is part of WXXI’s on-going Move to Include initiative in partnership with the Golisano Foundation.

Move to Include is designed to promote inclusion for people with intellectual and physical disabilities through programming, special events, and news coverage.

Hofer has covered the Disability Integration Act, how the Affordable Care Act will affect special education, sub-minimum wages, issues of access, and on Thursday, July 27 on Need to Know, she’ll cover a new approach to independent housing for individuals with developmental disabilities. Need to Know airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. and encores Sundays at 11 a.m. on WXXI-TV. To learn more about Move to Include, visit: MoveToInclude.org

CDR also honored Monroe County Clerk Adam Bello and Rochester Spinal Association with ADA awards.

CDR is a disability led, not-for-profit corporation, providing services to people with disabilities and seniors within the framework of an Independent Living Model.