Congratulations to Andrew Paolano (pictured below left) who was recently selected as one of the Post Star’s 20 Under 40 honorees for 2019! The newspaper holds this annual event to honor people younger than 40 who have demonstrated success and dedication to their careers and who are role models in their trades or communities.

Andrew is employed as a Direct Support Professional in CWI’s Helping Hands day program.  He donates his time and energy towards making life within the community better for all. Andrew is a staunch advocate for people of all abilities and is dedicated to bridging any gaps for people with Autism to be successful and valued members of the community. Andrew also founded the SOCIAL GROUP FOR THE NICE AND KIND–a social activity group for young people with Autism. He also works closely with the Upstate New York Autism Alliance organization and volunteers for their Muscle Puzzle Gym.  Recently, Andrew contacted the high school he graduated from and worked with his previous Resource Room Teacher to become a mentor to a student.  In addition, he works diligently with the PET CONNECTION as he believes all animals deserve a loving home. 

Andrew was honored at an Awards Luncheon along with 19 other individuals on September 18th at SUNY ACC. Way to go Andrew!