“Emergency Preparedness is for Everyone”
Join the Erie County Office for People with Disabilities, the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness and the Museum of disABILITY History for “Emergency Preparedness is for Everyone:” Wednesday, September 19, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Museum of disABILITY History, 3826 Main Street, Buffalo. The presentation is an opportunity for people of all abilities to learn how to plan for emergencies. The event is free to attend; RSVPs encouraged. To reserve your spot or request accommodations, call 716-858-6215.

Museum Day !
The Museum of disability History is participating in Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day. Museum Day is a one-day event in which participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. Participants are allowed to download one ticket per email address. The ticket provides free general admission on Saturday, September 22, 2018, for two people.To get your tickets Click Here

Alec Frazier at Buffalo Comicon
Alec Frazier is an autistic 32-year-old resident of Takoma Park, Maryland. A disability rights advocate since he was eight years old, Alec is the Director of his own firm, Autistic Reality, and is the copyrighted author of two books, Without Fear: The First Autistic Superhero and Veni! Vidi! Autism!. For his work at Autistic Reality, Alec does public speaking, lobbying, peer advocacy, and publicity, as well as many other forms of advocacy. Alec has a bachelor’s in political science, and a master’s in disability studies, both from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is giving two panel discussions at Buffalo Comicon, which is on September 15 and 16th at the Buffalo Niagara convention center downtown. On Saturday, September 15, he and two other autistic authors, Rachel Sweeney and Liz Pritchard, are delivering the panel “I Came, I Saw, I Wrote: Today’s Autistic Authors”. On Sunday, September 16, Alec is delivering his solo panel on “Without Fear: The First Autistic Superhero”. Please feel free to join Alec and his guests for these panels. Admission to Buffalo Comicon is required.


ERIE COUNTY, NY— July 26 marks the 28th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz today joined Executive Director of the Erie County Office for the Disabled Frank Cammarata, People, Inc. Associate Vice-President of Public Affairs Kevin Horrigan, and representatives of several agencies serving the disabled community at the Museum of disABILITY History in Buffalo to celebrate the anniversary of ADA passage and discuss weekend festivities surrounding it.

“The passage of the ADA was a watershed moment in America, for the first time ever extending equal protections under the law to individuals with disabilities and ensuring that they enjoy the same rights as nondisabled Americans do,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. “While much has changed in 28 years, more work remains to be done and we must always be vigilant in safeguarding these rights. I thank Executive Director Cammarata and our many partners for the work they do every day to make our community more accessible, more inclusive, and more welcoming for individuals with disabilities.”

The ADA gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications. The ADA defines an “individual with a disability” as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more life activities, has a record of such impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment.

Executive Director of the Erie County Office for the Disabled Frank Cammarata added, “Since 1990, only 28 years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act continues to be landmark civil rights legislation for all people with a disability and the ADA affects all people, from curbcuts on sidewalks, ramps and door openers at public offices and reasonable accommodations in workplaces. This law is about ensuring equal access and equal opportunity for every person.”
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz (at podium) is joined by (L-R) Kevin Horrigan of People, Inc., Executive Director of the Erie County Office for the Disabled Frank Cammarata, Andrea Russell of Deaf Access Services, and Todd Vaarwerk of WNY Independent Living, Inc. at the Museum of disABILITY History in Buffalo to celebrate the 28th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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Olivia the Bully Children’s Book is our Top-selling Book
We’re so proud of Engelic Everett, as her children’s book, Olivia the Bully, is the top-selling book published by the Museum of disABILITY History. It tells the story of Olivia the Rabbit, a third grader whose favorite things to do are make fun of her classmates, steal their lunches and play pranks on the teacher. Over the course of the book, Olivia transforms from bully to hero. The book, richly illustrated by Jeff Perdziak, tells a timeless story conveying a universal message.

Author Engelic Everett is committed to making the world a better place for everyone, especially those with disabilities. She started her own company making shirts with positive messages, creating a brand and website based on advocacy. Engelic lives and thrives with Down syndrome. The book is available at our store and online. To learn more about Engelic’s writing endeavors and why bullying awareness and prevention is an important cause to her, click here.

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 info@museumofdisability.org 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.


Traveling Exhibits Available
The Museum of disABILITY History, a project of People Inc., is pleased to have a number of traveling exhibits available for rent, which have drawn big crowds in other parts of the country. Some of the popular exhibits include: African-Americans and the Disability Experience: From Colonial Times, Desegregation, Advocacy and Achievement; In the Game: Sports and Disability, The Kennedy Connection; Madness in America: A History of Mental Health and Reel Life: disABILITY Goes to the Movies.

The traveling exhibits can be shipped directly to a business, college or organization for conferences and events. To rent a traveling exhibit or for more information, send an inquiry to info@museumofdisability.org or call 716-629-3626.
Disability Etiquette Programs Available
Host a disability and etiquette training for your staff – it’s a beneficial learning opportunity for human resource professionals, medical and direct support staff, drivers and staff who work in the transportation and retail fields. For more information, email info@museumofdisability.org or call 716-629-3626.


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.


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 info@museumofdisability.org 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: https://store.museumofdisability.org/product/j-n-adam-memorial-hospital-her-inside-voice/


Meeting Room Rentals Available
Organizations and networking groups are welcome to rent meeting space at the Museum of disABILITY History. There are two conference rooms available with Ethernet availability, laptop connections and other features. ADA-compliant rooms are available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Organizations are welcome to bring in their own food. Permission is required to schedule a room outside of the standard hours. For more information, email info@museumofdisability.org or call 716-629-3626.