Free Family-friendly Event Showcases New Children’s Book about Bullying

What: Meet the Author: Engelic Everett

When: Saturday, May 6, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Where: Museum of disABILITY History, 3826 Main Street, Buffalo, NY

Info: Event registration encouraged. To RSVP, call 716-629-3626.

Join author Engelic Everett for a story-reading and signing of her new children’s picture book, Olivia the Bully. The free family-friendly event will include a meet and greet with the author, book reading, coloring contest, face painting and snacks. The book discusses bullying with children at an early age, sharing the values of friendship, understanding and loving one another. An entrepreneur, Engelic lives and thrives with Down syndrome. She is a small-business owner, award-winning self-advocate, published playwright and children’s book author.


A Complete Perspective on the J.N. Adam Memorial Hospital What: Museum of disABILITY History Dialogues on disABILITY Speaker Series presents: “History, Mystery, Neglect and Hope – A Complete Perspective on the JN Adam Memorial Hospital” When: Friday, May 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. Where: Gowanda’s Historic Hollywood Theater, 39 West Main Street, Gowanda, NY Info: Free event; registration encouraged. To RSVP, email David Mack-Hardiman at dmack@people-inc.org or call 716-629-3626. The free, community event will include a panel discussion covering everything from the grand beginning of the J.N. Adam Memorial Hospital and its place in medical, historical and architectural relevance to its compelling allure and the ensuing legal battles to determine ownership and landlord responsibility. Additionally, the book, J.N. Adam Memorial Hospital: Her Inside Voice by Char Szabo-Perricelli, will be highlighted. The book is the result of a multi-year photo documentation project containing the sensitive images and writing of Szabo-Perricelli. A question and answer session will be held following the presentation.


Diffability Hollywood

Diffability Hollywood is a documentary about Hollywood’s portrayal of people with disabilities in films throughout history. One of filmmaker Adrian Esposito’s main goals in making this film is to have people with disabilities portrayed in a less stereotypical way and to advocate for more inclusion of writers, directors and actors with disabilities into the movie industry. Adrian has autism and is a spokesperson for self advocates helping the world accept people with disabilities as capable and thus seeing their disabilities as “diffabilities.” Will be shown at The Museum of disABILITY  History on June 17, 2017 at 3PM and 7PM.  Adrian Esposito will speak about  his work and  be available for Q & A between the showings.


Throughout 2017:

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.




New Exhibit – Extended:  Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic.



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)   http://www.homeworkhotline.org/mti/assistive-technology

Aired: January 21,2015 (Maria Bell)   http://www.homeworkhotline.org/mti/institutionalization

Aired: January 14,2015 (Israel Cruz)  http://www.homeworkhotline.org/mti/americans-disabilities-act


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/