Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders in the Classroom

As part of the Museum of disABILITY History’s Dialogues on disABILITY Workshop Series, the “Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders in the Classroom 2018 Session,” will be held on Saturday, February 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Museum’s location, 3826 Main Street, Buffalo, NY. The workshop is presented by President and Founder of the Tourette Syndrome Association of Greater New York State Susan Conners, MEd. The workshop will focus on Tourette Syndrome (TS) and ways in which parents and educators can help accommodate young people with TS and associated disorders, so that they can reach their full potential. Certificates of attendance will be given. Held in association with Learning Partners, the workshop offers Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

The workshop is $40 for professionals and parents and $10 for students. There is an additional fee of $40 for those pursuing CEUs.
A continental breakfast and lunch will be served. Wi-Fi available (bring your own laptop).


Registration and payment is due by February 9. Click here for a registration form or call 716-629-3626 with payment information.



Smile Day at the Museum Health Fair
The Museum of disABILITY History is pleased to collaborate with the University at Buffalo Dental School for Smile Day at the Museum Health Fair. The event will be held on Wednesday, February 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Museum’s location, 3826 Main Street, Buffalo, NY. Faculty and students at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine will provide dental appraisals for children and adults.

Plus, the event will include:
* Opportunity to sign the Spread the Word to End the R Word pledge
* Special Olympics information
* “Dental Carnival Activities” including health and wellness information
* Participants will receive a free goodie bag

Registration required. For more information or to register, email David Mack-Hardiman at or call 716-629-3626.


Throughout 2018:

Visit “In Celebration of Down Syndrome” Exhibit

The “In Celebration of Down Syndrome” exhibit will continue to be on display at the Museum of disABILITY History at 3826 Main Street, Buffalo, NY. The exhibit explores medical history, myths and facts, success stories and popular culture.

The centerpiece of the exhibit is photography of happy children by Eva Snoijink from her book, Down’s Upside: A Positive View of Down’s Syndrome. Also part of the exhibit is memorabilia worn by Christopher Burke, an actor with Down syndrome, who played Corky on Life Goes On, and Lauren Potter, an actress with Down syndrome, from her role as Becky on Glee. Additionally, Kelly’s Hollywood, an inspirational documentary about a young woman who has Down syndrome and her brother’s quest to help her fulfill her dream of becoming a Hollywood diva, is available to view as part of the exhibit.

School groups and parents, along with human service and medical professionals are encouraged to visit. For more information, email or call 716-629-3626. The exhibit was created with the assistance of Down Syndrome Parents Group of WNY and NYS Council for the Humanities.




Partial Exhibit – Extended:  The Lives They Left Behind.


The Museum of disABILITY History, a project of People Inc., is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and display of artifacts relating to the history of people with disabilities. The mission is to tell the story of the lives, triumphs and struggles of people with disabilities as well as society’s reactions. The Museum of disABILITY History, located at 3826 Main Street in Buffalo, NY, offers educational exhibits, programs and activities that expand community awareness.


You-Tube Post

We recently received this neat You-Tube post from a UB Professor who assigned a visit to the museum as part of her course work.  One of her students responded to the visit by creating this short video.  I hope you enjoy it.



Museum of disABILITY History Featured in “Homework Hotline Move to Include”

The Museum of disABILITY History docents and curator were interviewed for three “Homework Hotline Move to Include” segments. Homework Hotline is a live, statewide call-in show where kids receive help with homework problems right on the air. The hotline has teamed up with the Golisano Foundation to promote inclusion for people with intellectual and physical disabilities. Click here to watch the videos.

Aired: November 19,2014 (Charles  Degraffenried)

Aired: January 21,2015 (Maria Bell)

Aired: January 14,2015 (Israel Cruz)


New Hours

The Museum of disABILITY History’s hours are: Closed on Monday and open Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Museum is always open online and can be reached at and 716.629.3626.


The highly anticipated “Abandoned Asylums of New England: A Photographic Journey by John Gray” is now available for purchase at the museum store! The book offers the work of photographer John Gray, who has captured the final throes of the once majestic monuments of medical treatment. This photographic journey into the world of urban exploration documents the state of some of New England’s storied temples of control, treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with disabling conditions.

The Museum of disABILITY History provides a historical context for these asylums that heightens the degree of entropy into which these feats of architectural grandeur have fallen. From the gigantic Kirkbride campuses to the airy tuberculosis hospitals, Gray’s photography reveals through its compositions the poignant echoes of the lives lived, and sometimes lost, at these disappearing asylums. Click on the Museum Store tab and get your copy today!

Book Feature: J.N. Adam Memorial Hospital: Her Inside Voice

The Museum of disABILITY History is dedicated to fostering a more accepting society, and one way we do this is through a variety of informative books published through People Ink Press. Part of our Abandoned History book series, J.N. Adam Memorial Hospital: Her Inside Voice, by Char Szabo-Perricelli, is the result of a multi-year photo documentation project of the hospital. It includes 400+ full color photos and writing by Szabo-Perricelli, along with personal accounts. The book also features historical support from the Museum of disABILITY History.

The book can be purchased at the Museum of disABILITY History Store, located at 3826 Main Street, Buffalo, NY, and online. online: