****Note: Both screenings on August 16th have sold out!  We have scheduled an encore presentation for Friday, August 26 at 6pm at the museum.****

Save The Date Postcard 2016 six guys

Film and Speaker Series to Debut Six Guys, 6,000 Miles

Exclusive premiere of a film about a cross-country road trip that changed six guys for a lifetime

Our Museum of disABILITY History Film and Speaker Series will debut the documentary, Six Guys, 6,000 Miles, on Friday, August 12, at The Screening Room, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst, NY. There will be two showings at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m., with a reception at 5 p.m. Our event’s goal is to educate viewers, offer different perspectives, challenge stereotypes and celebrate the contributions of people with disabilities.

We are proud to feature Six Guys, 6,000 Miles, a film documenting a one-of-a-kind cross-country trip by four participants in People Inc.’s Guys Group, a social group for young men with developmental disabilities, and two life quality coaches. In June 2015, they embarked on a journey from Buffalo, NY to the west coast, for an experiential learning trip. It may seem like an average trip, but it couldn’t be further from ordinary.

Event sponsorship opportunities are currently available. Admission tickets are $10 each, which includes a reception. Limited space available. To buy or reserve your ticket or for more information, call 716-629-3626. Updates will be posted on our Facebook page.


Throughout 2016:

“In Celebration of Down Syndrome,” an addition to the Museum of disABILITY History, recognizes individuals who have Down syndrome in a fascinating new exhibit. The exhibit explores medical history, myths and facts, as well as success stories and popular culture.

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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


The Museum of disABILITY History will now be open from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10:00am-2:00pm on Saturday! Please stop in for a tour of our unique collection!


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!