Museum of disABILITY History

Museum of disABILITY History The Museum of disABILITY History, the only one of its kind in the U.S., tells the story of triumphs and struggles of people with disabilities. Located in Buffalo, NY, the Museum provides exhibits, programs, publications and events to create awareness.

The only museum of its kind in the U.S., the Museum of disABILITY History is dedicated to the collection, preservation and display of artifacts pertaining to the history of people with disabilities. Located in Buffalo, New York, and online, the Museum of disABILITY History offers educational exhibits and activities that expand community awareness. Features: - Permanent exhibits and collection items - Publications published by the Museum of disABILITY History - Traveling exhibits - Store: Onsite and online, https://store.museumofdisability.org - Educational programs and presentations - New York State Disability History Curriculum Traveling exhibits are available for schools, colleges, businesses, libraries, conferences or community events to rent and can be shipped, including: - African Americans and the Disability Experience - Continuum of Care: History of WNY Human Service Agencies - Dr. P.H. Skinner:Disability Educator, Advocate and Abolitionist - In the Game: Sports and Disability - The Kennedy Connection - Little Differences: The Portrayal of Children with disABILITIES Throughout History - Madness in America: A History of Mental Health - Moving Forward, Looking Back - The Quest for the Cure: Polio in America - Reel Life: disABILITY goes to the Movies - Self Advocacy: A History of People Speaking Up for Themselves - War and disABILITY

The Colony Chronicles book is available in our Museum store – cryptic history of the Craig Colony has been brought to ...
06/28/2019

The Colony Chronicles book is available in our Museum store – cryptic history of the Craig Colony has been brought to life through rich history and eclectic photograph in this book. It is written by David Mack-Hardiman (pictured) and photography by Char Szabo-Perricelli. Shop during the Museum’s regular hours at 3826 Main Street, Buffalo, NY, Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Encouraging news - another example of #inclusion
06/25/2019
CBS Pledges To Make Casting More Inclusive

Encouraging news - another example of #inclusion

In a first, a major network is committing to audition actors with disabilities, paving the way for a more inclusive slate of characters on television.

Kudos to Universal Orlando Resort for providing autism and disability training for their staff.
06/22/2019
After boy with autism melted down at Universal Orlando, an employee knew just what to do

Kudos to Universal Orlando Resort for providing autism and disability training for their staff.

ORLANDO, Fla. – The mother of a boy with autism posted a heartfelt thank you to the Universal Orlando employee whose empathy and training helped calm her son during a meltdown at the park. Lenore Koppelman said her son, Ralph, had been waiting patiently all day to go on The Amazing Adventures of S...

People Inc.
06/21/2019

People Inc.

On Wednesday, June 19, People Inc. Contract Manufacturing hosted an open house for business partners, families and supporters. The event included tours of the work center and opportunities for attendees to learn what our business is all about. Two videos, produced by staff and participants from People Inc. Arts Experience, were on display, showcasing the Contract Manufacturing crew and their ongoing partnerships. A big thank you to everyone who attended and helped make this event a success!

Dave Mack-Hardiman, Alex Jusko and Courtney Felle of the Museum of disABILITY History visited the #Niagara County Poor H...
06/20/2019

Dave Mack-Hardiman, Alex Jusko and Courtney Felle of the Museum of disABILITY History visited the #Niagara County Poor House Cemetery in #Lockport, NY, where 1,400 bodies are buried in a mass grave. The Niagara County Poor House served many of those who could not help themselves. They served as orphanages and institutions for people with disabilities used by the county. After 1916, burials were at the Niagara County Infirmary on Davison Road. Unfortunately, many of the persons here have no reference numbers or means of identification. The Museum of disABILITY History assists with the upkeep of this graveyard and many others of those placed in institutions scattered throughout New York State. The cemetery is located across the street from the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, between Townline Road and Sunset Drive.

“#Disability is the group that anyone can fall in and out of. It’s the most ignored and underrepresented group, yet ...
06/18/2019
What Medicine Can Learn From Doctors And Researchers With Disabilities

“#Disability is the group that anyone can fall in and out of. It’s the most ignored and underrepresented group, yet it’s the only group that anyone can become a part of at any moment, for any number of reasons” (via NPR). #DocsWithDisabilities

Bonnielin Swenor has dedicated her life to helping vision-impaired patients. She also has low vision herself — and she is fighting to increase the presence of disabled people in science and medicine.

Great story! “.... he also has special abilities and strengths that continue to impress those around him” (via Today...
06/18/2019
Today Show

Great story! “.... he also has special abilities and strengths that continue to impress those around him” (via Today Show). Al Roker @alroker

Al is beaming after Nick won two gold medals over the weekend.

We love following Megan Bomgaars accomplishments! “Artpop and Sanrio did not limit her ambitions simply because she ha...
06/17/2019
Reality Star With Down Syndrome Launches New Cosmetics Line

We love following Megan Bomgaars accomplishments! “Artpop and Sanrio did not limit her ambitions simply because she has Down syndrome,” Kris Bomgaars said. “They partnered with her because of her vision, ambition and ability to have a voice for people with all abilities.” Artpop Cosmetics #DontLimitMe #BeautyHasNoLimits.

Her new "Don't Limit Me" glass lip collection is available now.

So true! Contact our Museum of disABILITY History to schedule a #disability #etiquette training for your organization or...
06/15/2019
Inclusion Festival

So true! Contact our Museum of disABILITY History to schedule a #disability #etiquette training for your organization or summer camp: Call 716-629-3626 or email [email protected]

“Creating a world more receptive to people with differences starts with young people” 👌💕

Here’s a movie to add to your summer list!
06/15/2019
Movie Starring Actor With Down Syndrome Coming To Theaters

Here’s a movie to add to your summer list!

A feature film headed to theaters later this summer stars an actor with Down syndrome alongside a pair of Hollywood A-listers and it's backed by some big names in the disability community.

Find out how Contract Manufacturing, a program of People Inc., can assist your business.
06/15/2019

Find out how Contract Manufacturing, a program of People Inc., can assist your business.

You’re invited to attend an Open House with People Inc. Contract Manufacturing on Wednesday, June 19, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at 181 Lincoln Street, Depew, NY 14043. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP by June 17 to Kara Bowers at 716.683.7100, ext. 222. Join us to learn how we are providing innovative business solutions to large and small companies and keeping jobs local. If you cannot attend, contact us for a personal tour at [email protected] or 716.683.7100. Learn more about Contract Manufacturing: people-inc.org/contract_manufacturing #contractmanufacturingwny #openhouse

Inclusion Festival
06/10/2019

Inclusion Festival

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Thank you to Elmwood Village Charter School Days Park students and staff for visiting the Museum of disABILITY History! ...
06/05/2019

Thank you to Elmwood Village Charter School Days Park students and staff for visiting the Museum of disABILITY History! We received wonderful letters from their students and appreciate their comments so much! We look forward to even more visits and encourage you to bring friends and family along to check out the Museum of disABILITY History.

“Disability is #diversity. It’s just a different way of existing in the world and it’s not good or bad, necessaril...
05/31/2019
From Tiny Desk to touring, Gaelynn Lea shares message of "Disability Pride"

“Disability is #diversity. It’s just a different way of existing in the world and it’s not good or bad, necessarily, except that you can have pride in your identity, the same way any minority can have pride in their background or their heritage.” - Gaelynn Lea (via WBFO) Gaelynn Lea Music #disability #ddday2019 Ddday- Developmental Disability Awareness Day

The 31st annual Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day Conference was held in downtown Niagara Falls Thursday. Its morning keynote speaker is a woman who

05/30/2019

Wow, we’re so impressed with Gaelynn Lea’s musical talents! She put on a fantastic performance at Ddday- Developmental Disability Awareness Day! Gaelynn Lea Music #ddday2019 🎶 🎻 👏🏻

The Museum of disABILITY History is happy to be a part of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day (DD Day)! It was grea...
05/30/2019

The Museum of disABILITY History is happy to be a part of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day (DD Day)! It was great to visit with so many people! #ddday2019 Ddday- Developmental Disability Awareness Day

Our team was so happy to welcome Gaelynn Lea, classically trained violinist and songwriter, and her husband, Paul, as th...
05/29/2019

Our team was so happy to welcome Gaelynn Lea, classically trained violinist and songwriter, and her husband, Paul, as they visited the Museum of disABILITY History on May 29, 2019. Gaelynn will be the keynote speaker for Ddday- Developmental Disability Awareness Day on May 30, held in Niagara Falls, NY, and took some time to visit the Museum of disABILITY History while in town. #ddday2019 @Gaelynn Lea Music @gaelynnlea

Gaelynn has been bewitching scores of fans with her haunting original songs and experimental takes on traditional fiddle music. Her work won NPR Music’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest, a competition drawing submissions of original songs from more than 6,000 musicians across the country. Her musical reach has expanded significantly due to this contest. She began touring nationally in September 2016 with her husband Paul.

Gaelynn does speaking engagements about disability, finding inner freedom and the power of music. Gaelynn has a congenital disability called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, or Brittle Bones Disease. She uses her music as a platform to advocate for people with disabilities and to promote positive social changes.

ABC’s Speechless show memorabilia at the ABC Commissary Restaurant in Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World (August 201...
05/29/2019

ABC’s Speechless show memorabilia at the ABC Commissary Restaurant in Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World (August 2018). Micah Fowler #Speechless #Disney

Yes - it’s that simple!
05/22/2019

Yes - it’s that simple!

05/16/2019
WGRZ - Channel 2, Buffalo

Thanks to WGRZ - Channel 2, Buffalo and Kevin O’Neill for featuring our Museum of disABILITY History and sharing info about how our Museum is a #resource. Thank you to our intern, Alex Jusko, for sharing his knowledge and personal experiences. #disability

Daybreak's Kevin O'Neill is checking out what's new at the Museum of disABILITY History

05/15/2019

Tune in to WGRZ - Channel 2, Buffalo's Daybreak as Kevin O’Neill will feature our Museum of disABILITY History in the early morning on May 16! We’re excited for this opportunity and will share the story link! Kevin O'Neill New Kevin O'Neill Page @KevinBuffalo Melissa Holmes- WGRZ 🎤📺

05/14/2019
Adult Down Syndrome Center

Adult Down Syndrome Center

Dry skin, boils, folliculitis - these are common concerns discussed during physical exams at the Adult Down Syndrome Center. At our conference in April, we had a presentation on "Skin, Hair, and Nail Concerns in People with Down Syndrome" given by Erin Dominiak, MD, a physician at the Center, and Cristina Cassata, a woman with Down syndrome. The recording is below. The presentation slides can be viewed at the following link: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/863b35cadcd425b745c5fc652/files/890d2b97-343b-408d-b594-acc55ff32c02/Skin_Hair_and_Nails.pdf

Stay tuned! We will continue to share the recordings of the other presentations in the coming weeks. The presentations will also be added to our YouTube playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5R_Kf4cF6ThuEfl-a7poMuq7U80OZ3Wb

05/14/2019

“It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.”
– Muhammad Ali

Secret Path was featured at the Museum of disABILITY History Film and Speaker Series on May 3, 2019. The documentary is ...
05/09/2019

Secret Path was featured at the Museum of disABILITY History Film and Speaker Series on May 3, 2019. The documentary is comprised of ten poems inspired by the story of Chanie Wenjack, a twelve-year-old boy who ran away from Cecilia Residential School in Kenora, Ontario, in an attempt to get to his family, nearly 400 miles away.

The lead singer of the band Tragically Hip, Gord Downie, along with comic artist, Jeff Lemire, helped bring Secret Path and its message to so many across the world through their beautiful and heartbreaking music.

The event’s reception included a question and answer session with two speakers, John Volpe and Michael Bastine. They discussed their community connection to the Secret Path and their Native American culture. Volpe is an Algonquin Elder, Healer, Protector of Wildlife, and an environmental activist. For many years, he has conducted independent scientific studies and reports on turtles and fish. He has given numerous talks in local communities and high schools and has been a consultant to environmental organizations. Bastine is an Algonquin Healer, Elder, and former student of famous Tuscarora medicine man Wallace “Mad Bear” Anderson and Tuscarora healer Ted Williams.

The Secret Path film has been spread all over the world in an effort to create more awareness and so that disability history will not be forgotten.

“The evolution of the #disability rights movement is at the heart of a documentary that former President Barack Obama ...
05/08/2019
Obamas Bringing Disability Rights Film To Netflix

“The evolution of the #disability rights movement is at the heart of a documentary that former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are bringing to Netflix.... documentary tells the story of a summer camp for teenagers with #disabilities in the 1970s near Woodstock, NY” (via Disability Scoop).

The evolution of the disability rights movement is at the heart of a documentary that former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are bringing to Netflix.

“Raising Nick has also spurred Al and his wife to call on others to be more open and accepting of children with specia...
05/07/2019
Al Roker shares son Nick’s journey growing up with special needs

“Raising Nick has also spurred Al and his wife to call on others to be more open and accepting of children with special needs” (via Today Show). Al Roker @alroker

Al wrote about parenting his son, Nick, 16, who grew up with developmental delays, and his admiration for the person Nick has become.

Thank you to all who attended the Museum of disABILITY History Film and Speaker Series. Share your thoughts on the #Secr...
05/04/2019

Thank you to all who attended the Museum of disABILITY History Film and Speaker Series. Share your thoughts on the #SecretPath film. Let’s remember why the story of Chanie Wenjack is so important and how we can make a difference. Gord Downie

The music of the #SecretPath by Gord Downie is beautiful and heartbreaking. Attend the FREE film event – find out what...
05/01/2019

The music of the #SecretPath by Gord Downie is beautiful and heartbreaking. Attend the FREE film event – find out what inspired him to play this music for yourself in the animated film, Secret Path. The film will be featured twice on May 3, starting at 3:30pm, accompanied by speakers and refreshments. Info: https://tinyurl.com/y5pgp37w

“To describe Secret Path as merely the #TragicallyHip front man’s fifth solo album would be a tremendous feat of und...
04/26/2019
Gord Downie’s Secret Path delivers on its heavy ambition

“To describe Secret Path as merely the #TragicallyHip front man’s fifth solo album would be a tremendous feat of underselling. Its ambition is heavy; its cause, significant.” Attend the Museum of disABILITY History Film and Speaker Series on May 3 to view the animated film adaptation of Gord Downie’s album – info: https://tinyurl.com/y5pgp37w Gord Downie #ChanieWenjack #SecretPath

To describe Secret Path as merely the Tragically Hip front man’s fifth solo album would be a tremendous feat of underselling

Here’s a past review of Secret Path. The animated film will be shown as part of the Museum of disABILITY History Film ...
04/26/2019
SPILL ALBUM REVIEW: GORD DOWNIE - THE SECRET PATH | The Spill Magazine

Here’s a past review of Secret Path. The animated film will be shown as part of the Museum of disABILITY History Film and Speaker Series on May 3. Two showings: https://tinyurl.com/y5pgp37w Gord Downie #ChanieWenjack

Gord Downie The Secret Path Arts & Crafts The Secret Path dares to become a wide and open road, an artistic plea of a dying man for change and reconciliation of a nation. This is the fifth studio effort by the Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie, who continues to be a deeply important voice of the Can...

Kyle Kieffer, who was recently interviewed on 7 Eyewitness News WKBW AM Buffalo, spoke about his empowering point as a p...
04/26/2019
Kyle Kieffer and Epilepsy

Kyle Kieffer, who was recently interviewed on 7 Eyewitness News WKBW AM Buffalo, spoke about his empowering point as a person living with #epilepsy. He will present a “A Conversation about Epilepsy,” on April 27, at our Museum of disABILITY History. Info: https://tinyurl.com/y5lt2fkl

AM Buffalo Actions Facebook Tweet Email Kyle Kieffer and Epilepsy Posted: 12:55 PM, Mar 21, 2019 Updated: 2019-03-21 16:56:00Z Did you know that 1 in 26 people in the U.S. will develop epilepsy at some point in their lives? That makes it the fourth most common neurological disorder and it affects pe...

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