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.
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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

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05/07/2020
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Here are some ways to safely celebrate Mother’s Day while social distancing.

To say that COVID-19 changed life as we know it would be an understatement. Many people likely never imagined how much their daily routines would be affected when this novel coronavirus was just a blip on the radar at the end of 2019. Social distancing may have

05/06/2020
Deaf Access Services, an affiliate of People Inc.

Thank you to all #ASL interpreters! 🤟👍#NationalInterpreterAppreciationDay

Today, on National Interpreter Appreciation Day we would like to recognize and thank all interpreters.

During this difficult time that our world is faced with, while everything has been put on pause, life still does go on. Interpreters have received a lot of recognition by the public for the work being done interpreting for local and state government officials, however there is more happening that the public does not see. While the world has pressed pause on many of the social interactions we are accustomed to, life continues to happen around us. Whether it be a mother welcoming her new child into the world, a patient visiting the doctor’s office or emergency room, or a virtual class, celebration, or meeting - interpreters are still present to provide communication access for everyone.

The recognition of the work of interpreters is positive for the community and should not be minimized. Being an interpreter involves skills that are ever-improving and adjusting to needs and situations, constant learning and development, understanding and being able to make cultural adjustments, and working in situations on a daily basis which are unpredictable. We recognize that with each new day and each new assignment interpreters face the potential of leaving an assignment feeling energized or emotionally depleted – or both.

It is a privilege to be invited into the most intimate moments of a person’s life and our interpreters are entrusted on a daily basis with front row seats, which is a trust earned through their skill, support, reliability, and consistent presence to the community.

Deaf Access Services appreciates all of your work and recognizes that there are times when your job is anything but easy. We thank you for all you do on a daily basis to not only provide a valuable service to the community, but also for the crucial role you play in connecting people through language, culture, and life experiences.
Thank you for your dedication and commitment to Deaf Access Services and the greater community.

With Highest Regards,
The Staff of Deaf Access Services, People Inc., and The Deaf Advisory Council Members

Our parent agency, People Inc., is participating in #GivingTuesdayNow. Please consider a donation of any amount if you c...
05/05/2020

Our parent agency, People Inc., is participating in #GivingTuesdayNow. Please consider a donation of any amount if you can. Thank you!

Your support is needed to help strengthen the People Inc. mission, programs and services by making a donation through our #GivingTuesdayNow campaign, a global day of giving and unity created in response to the immense need caused by COVID-19. We can accomplish so much more by working together.

05/02/2020
Jamie Brewer

#StayHomeSaveLives #BeSafe #StayWell #StayHome

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Check this out.... Zappos.com is teaming up with PBS KIDS to introduce a line of shoes and sunglasses designed to meet t...
04/30/2020
Zappos Rolls Out PBS KIDS Collection For Children With Special Needs

Check this out.... Zappos.com is teaming up with PBS KIDS to introduce a line of shoes and sunglasses designed to meet the needs of kids with #disabilities.

Online retail giant Zappos is teaming up with PBS KIDS to introduce a line of shoes and sunglasses designed to meet the needs of kids with disabilities.

Take a look back at the photos from five years when the Museum of disABILITY History was happy to host the ADA25 Legacy ...
04/29/2020

Take a look back at the photos from five years when the Museum of disABILITY History was happy to host the ADA25 Legacy Tour and Reception on April 29, 2015. The ADA25 Legacy Tour was a cross country trip raising awareness about the Americans with Disabilities Act. #ADA The ADA Legacy Project

The Museum of disABILITY History was pleased to host the #ADA25 Legacy Tour and Reception on April 29, 2015. Many shared what the ADA means to them, their family, businesses and the community. The ADA25 Legacy Tour is a cross country trip raising awareness about the 25th anniversary of the ADA. Between visits to the Museum during the day and event attendance, there were about 150 people at the Museum. Attendees had their photo taken in front of the ADA25 Legacy tour bus and viewed displays inside the Museum highlighting photographer Tom Olin’s iconic photos and milestones in the disability rights movement. The ADA Legacy Project

Event speakers included: Rhonda Frederick, president and chief executive officer, People Inc.; Mark J.F. Schroeder, comptroller, City of Buffalo; Shannon Patch, WNY Regional Director for Senator Charles Schumer; Tom Olin, photojournalist and director, The Disability Rights Center; and B.J. Stasio, self-advocate and a witness of the original signing of the ADA. Short videos featuring our Museum’s Docents were presented.

The Museum’s Self-Advocacy Traveling Exhibit complements the tour as the ADA25 Legacy project spreads awareness, preserves the past and celebrates the achievements of individuals with disabling conditions. The exhibit’s four-panel banner stand traces the Self-Advocacy Movement from early educational facilities to the development of organizations established for and by individuals with disabilities.

We are proud to be part of this national tour. The excitement continues as a photo from our event is scheduled to be featured on the cover of a national magazine, New Mobility Magazine, in its July 2015 issue.

The tour will travel to other states and join disability community leaders in Washington, DC, on July 26.

Read more in the press release: http://www.people-inc.org/news/2015/ada25_legacy_tour_and_re-2015-04-27-1334/index.html

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04/25/2020

#StandOut #BeYou Wonder

You were born to stand out! 🌟 #WonderTheMovie #FanArtFriday

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Here’s something to look forward to if you have HBO - #Autism: The Sequel will air April 28 on HBO at 9 p.m. (Eastern Ti...
04/23/2020
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Here’s something to look forward to if you have HBO - #Autism: The Sequel will air April 28 on HBO at 9 p.m. (Eastern Time).

A documentary following the lives of five people with autism who are on the cusp of adulthood is headed to television.

Down Syndrome on The Mighty
04/19/2020
Down Syndrome on The Mighty

Down Syndrome on The Mighty

"We are a richer and more diverse fabric when woven together in life's blanket of humanity."

04/18/2020
Inclusive Theater of WNY

Attention Kelly's Hollywood fans! Join Inclusive Theater of WNY for a virtual chat with Brian Donovan, Kelly’s Hollywood film director and creator - tonight, Saturday, April 18 at 8 p.m. EDT. Connection info in the comments!

Join us tonight at 8pm!!! Connection information in the comments!

Interested in learning American Sign Language? Check out this article about Deaf Access Services.
04/17/2020
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Enjoy 10 free short films right in your own home, courtesy of Sprout Film Festival! Thank you to Sprout Film Festival!
04/16/2020
Sprout Touring Film Festival

Enjoy 10 free short films right in your own home, courtesy of Sprout Film Festival! Thank you to Sprout Film Festival!

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Thank you to all Direct Support Professionals for your important work and dedication! #DSPs #NPHW #NationalPublicHealthW...
04/10/2020

Thank you to all Direct Support Professionals for your important work and dedication! #DSPs #NPHW #NationalPublicHealthWeek

Thank you Governor Andrew Cuomo for recognizing the importance of direct support professionals! #DSPs #PeopleIncStrong #WeArePeopleInc #NPHW #HappyNationalPublicHealthWeek

As we’re encouraged to limit social interactions during the coronavirus pandemic, but that doesn’t mean to stop learning...
04/06/2020

As we’re encouraged to limit social interactions during the coronavirus pandemic, but that doesn’t mean to stop learning! Our Museum of disABILITY History building is temporarily closed, but we have lots of educational resources and lesson plans available on our website. Check them out!
https://www.museumofdisability.org/educational-resources/index.html #SocialDistancing #LearnAtHome #StayHome #SchoolDistricts #DisabilityHistory

04/03/2020
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Are you looking to learn and understand some ways to communicate with the Deaf or Hard of Hearing that will be helpful for kids? Here’s “Princess Anna” to show you some basic #ASL. Tune into this short video! #Deaf #HardOfHearig #DistanceLearning

ASL with Anna!! 🤟

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04/02/2020

A huge thank you to everyone who is providing help throughout this crisis. You are so appreciated! #gratitude #ThankYou #healthcare #DirectSupportProfessionals #covid19 #StayWell

Bonjour! Tune in Disney Channel to find out Fancy Nancy learns about #autism. Disney
04/02/2020
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Bonjour! Tune in Disney Channel to find out Fancy Nancy learns about #autism. Disney

Say bonjour to Nancy's new friend in this week’s episode of Fancy Nancy, airing Thursday at 8 a.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel and in DisneyNOW.

Our parent agency, People Inc., is hiring! #DSP #DirectSupportProfessionalJobs #BuffaloJobs
03/31/2020
People Inc.

Our parent agency, People Inc., is hiring! #DSP #DirectSupportProfessionalJobs #BuffaloJobs

People Inc. is looking for compassionate, patient people to join our team! Check out this feature from WGRZ - Channel 2, Buffalo. Learn more about our positions at people-inc.org/careers.

Ddday- Developmental Disability Awareness Day
03/29/2020

Ddday- Developmental Disability Awareness Day

DDDay 2020 has been POSTPONED.

For the safety of our event-goers, participants, and the committee, DDDay 2020 will now take place on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at the same location - The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls.

Please share with your networks.

Stay safe and be well.

03/28/2020
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03/23/2020
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Show us your sock photos from World Down Syndrome Day! #LotsOfSocks #BeWell #WDSD20 #WorldDownSyndromeDay
03/22/2020

Show us your sock photos from World Down Syndrome Day! #LotsOfSocks #BeWell #WDSD20 #WorldDownSyndromeDay

On this World Down Syndrome Day, the Museum of disABILITY History sends everyone wishes to be well and safe. Take care of each other. #WDSD20 #WorldDownSyndromeDay #LotsOfSocks

On this World Down Syndrome Day, the Museum of disABILITY History sends everyone wishes to be well and safe. Take care o...
03/21/2020

On this World Down Syndrome Day, the Museum of disABILITY History sends everyone wishes to be well and safe. Take care of each other. #WDSD20 #WorldDownSyndromeDay #LotsOfSocks

Here's a fun activity for the whole family! #WDSD20 #WorldDownSyndromeDay #LotsOfSocks
03/20/2020

Here's a fun activity for the whole family! #WDSD20 #WorldDownSyndromeDay #LotsOfSocks

World Down Syndrome Day is Saturday, 3.21!

Our Vice President, Jenny Di Benedetto, and her family have a great way to adjust their WDSD plans:
“We had a super fun celebration planned for school on Monday, but clearly that was canceled. So we came up with a new idea for all to enjoy!

Let's still rock our socks, but since we can't really be around people to show them off, let's use this coloring sheet!

The new plan is to color/decorate this worksheet, hang it in your window by Saturday, and walk around the neighborhood to see all the socks!

Take pictures of yours and share them with us! Thank you!!!”

We would love to see your creations here too! Post them below!

For the latest on Covid-19, use credible resources like the CDC.
03/19/2020
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

For the latest on Covid-19, use credible resources like the CDC.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China.

03/13/2020

As the Museum of disABILITY History is an international destination for groups and continues to welcome students from all over the world, the decision has been made, as of March 12, 2020, to close it until further notice in response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. This will include special events and any weekend meeting room rentals. We are closely monitoring this situation and following the guidance of public officials in an effort to help keep our visitors and staff safe and well-informed. We will continue to assess this situation and provide updates as they are available. Information on the Museum website, https://www.museumofdisability.org, such as educational resources and virtual exhibits, continue to be available. Your continued support of the Museum of disABILITY History is greatly appreciated.

Progress is being made. #inclusion #television #acting
03/09/2020
Disability Representation On TV Sees Signs Of Progress

Progress is being made. #inclusion #television #acting

Television characters with disabilities are increasingly being played by actors who actually have the disabilities they're portraying, according to a new report.

#InternationalWomensDay Let’s celebrate women's achievements throughout the entire year! #IWD2020
03/08/2020

#InternationalWomensDay Let’s celebrate women's achievements throughout the entire year! #IWD2020

Let’s celebrate National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month throughout March (and all year long)! #DDAwareness20...
03/05/2020

Let’s celebrate National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month throughout March (and all year long)! #DDAwareness2020 #Inclusion

March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, and we hope you’ll join us in recognizing the accomplishments of people with developmental disabilities. From pursuing creative careers, to learning important skills like budgeting or cooking, this month is all about celebrating successes and promoting respect for people of all abilities. #DDAwareness2020 #Inclusion

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Fundraiser and YouTube Book reading - local author - Princess Fish - a real about a real fish with a real disability with some imagination added. NOT JUST FOR KIDS! I have a lot of adults that have purchased the books for themselves! Lots of fun, ideas to share, time to relax and just enjoy, activities to do and fundraising for a good cause from any sales too. The reading link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSj_wsFDkRM&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1hJmBOL2GlRUmTntoqWgjiexe9UWo-fMNFQLU4XHb8OpJwPcfc1dlW8AQ This is the first reading of a few books that I hope to do if all goes well. Profits made by sales of books or any items related to the books will be donated to a local (Hamburg,NY) food bank - Feed Hamburg. FeedHamburg is an organization dedicated to addressing the needs of the local community by distributing food, personal hygiene and household items to those living in Hamburg. In order to reach out to the families that are truly in need, we have created a referral system that helps to streamline the process of getting these items to families. Volunteers then deliver them to the families. https://www.feedhamburg.com https://www.facebook.com/feedhamburg/ Books can be published through the bookstore at The Book Patch.... https://app.thebookpatch.com/BookStore/princess-fish/5f14e4ae-df08-418c-9593-1af3ac39cc0e?isbn=9781645501169 (more books listed at the bottom of page or just search Wiepert ) The reading link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSj_wsFDkRM&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1hJmBOL2GlRUmTntoqWgjiexe9UWo-fMNFQLU4XHb8OpJwPcfc1dlW8AQ
I hear you have an exhibit on Black disabled. Have you added to it?
I have this map of the Newark State School - I was wondering if there is a year that this map was produced or where it was published?
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HELLO EVERYONE!!!!! This is a reminder that the DDAWNY Family Committee will be holding their monthly meeting at 7:00 PM on Tuesday June 18, 2019. This month’s meeting will focus upon guardianship and medical issues/contingencies. The meeting will take place at ASPIRE of WNY located at 7 Community Drive in Cheektowaga. As always, if you want to bring your loved one(s) to the meeting and are in need of on-site respite services, please call 1-585-794-0408 by MONDAY (the 17th) and indicate the age and any special requirements needed by your loved one(s). Please remember that parents/family members incorporating these respites services are required to remain in the building during the meeting time. Finally, feel free to invite members of your social network, support group(s), agency and CCO representatives, family, friends, school community, etc...to the meeting!!!!! We look forward to seeing you and your guests on the 18th!!!!!
Would someone please share this link with Dr. Boles? I think he would really appreciate what Ulster County has done to memorialize the former Poorhouse residents. Thanks.
Is P.I. con still on Saturday?
HELLO EVERYONE!!!!! This is a reminder that the DDAWNY Family Committee will be holding their monthly meeting at 7:00 PM on Tuesday March 19, 2019. The meeting will take place at ASPIRE of WNY located at 7 Community Drive in Cheektowaga. As always, if you want to bring your loved one(s) to the meeting and are in need of on-site respite services, please call 1-585-794-0408 by MONDAY (the 18th) and indicate the age and any special requirements needed by your loved one(s). Please remember that parents/family members incorporating these respites services are required to remain in the building during the meeting time. Finally, feel free to invite members of your social network, support group(s), agency representatives, family, friends, school community, etc...to the meeting!!!!! We look forward to seeing you and your guests on the 19th!!!!!
Yesterday's Beauty & Grace Journey brought me to Museum of disABILITY History and before a wonderful audience. Thank you to Museum Director, David Mack-Hardiman, for the invitation to speak and thanks to all who came out on a cold, gray day to hear the Beauty & Grace Story and share their own stories. After my presentation, I browsed through the museum where I discovered a suitcase belonging to a man once institutionalized in Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane. It is part of the museum's permanent collection related to the book, The Lives They Left Behind, Suitcases From A State Hospital Attic. If you get a chance, stop by the museum and experience their displays and collections. It is located at 3826 Main Street, Buffalo. #beautyandgrace
Thanks to Dale Anderson (aka Olaf Fub) for featuring tomorrow's Beauty & Grace Presentation at Museum of disABILITY History in his The Buffalo News Reporter's Notebook. "PEN IN HAND – Author and columnist Christina M. Abt comes to the Museum of disABILITY History, 3826 Main St., Eggertsville, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday to give a presentation and sign copies of her latest book, “Beauty & Grace,” a historical novel based on the personal stories of people committed long-term to mental asylums. Admission is free. The book will be available for purchase. For more info, call 629-3626 or visit museumofdisability.org." #beautyandgrace
What better place to hear the Beauty & Grace story than where my two years of research and writing began? Won't you join me tomorrow at the Museum of disABILITY History at 11:30am? This event is free and open to the public. "Abt's Beauty & Grace is a vividly rendered and expertly crafted historical novel that sweeps readers into a world of madness, mystery and romance. Fans of Maeve Binchy and Penny Vincenzi will enjoy this haunting tale that weaves between two unforgettable characters: Teagan "Beauty" Cormick, a kind-hearted 16-year old Irish immigrant wrongly committed to Wood Haven mental institution in 1929 and Grace Reid, a determined senior health care consultant who, five decades later, helps deinstitutionalize Wood Haven’s remaining seniors from the asylum to the outside world. Together, Beauty and Grace unravel a nation’s dark past in this compassionately told and stirring story of redemption and renewal." ——Adrienne Sparks, Principal, Sparks Marketing and former Marketing Director at Doubleday(, a division of Random House, Inc. #beautyandgrace