Museum of disABILITY History Fundraiser and Auction
Celebrating 20 Years
The Museum of disABILITY History’s Fundraiser and Auction will recognize the one-of-a-kind museum’s 20th anniversary! The event will be held on Saturday, May 19, from 7 to 9 p.m., at its location, 3826 Main Street, Buffalo, NY. The evening will include hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and desserts, along with an auction and an awards presentation. The fundraiser will benefit the Museum of disABILITY History’s educational programming.

The Museum of disABILITY History will present its Chris Burke Award for Excellence in Disability Advocacy. Additionally, recognition certificates will be provided to fellow nominees at the event. Chris Burke, an actor with Down syndrome, played Corky on the television show, Life Goes On. He has earned numerous awards and is a Goodwill Ambassador for the National Down Syndrome Society.

Costs: Tickets are $20 per family and under 18 free.
Various donations and corporate support opportunities are also available, including:
Chris Burke Award Benefactor $500
Includes four tickets and recognition at the event
Corporate Membership $400*
Includes four tickets, plus year-round member benefits
* Special event pricing

Sustainer Membership $250
Includes two tickets, plus year-round member benefits

Chris Burke Award Supporter $100
Includes two tickets and recognition at the event

Event Emcee: Angela Christoforos of WIVB-TV Channel 4.

To purchase tickets, for more information or for event accommodations, contact David Mack-Hardiman, at dmack@people-inc.org or call 716-629-3626. For a printable invitation, click here.
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Nominations Accepted for Award for Excellence in Disability Advocacy
The Museum of disABILITY History will present its Chris Burke Award for Excellence in Disability Advocacy at its upcoming fundraiser event. An award will be presented to one person for outstanding work in the disability community. Additionally, recognition certificates will be provided to fellow nominees at the event.

A qualified nominee is someone with a disability who exemplifies the value of contributing significant work in the disability community and who makes inclusion a priority. The accomplished person must be active in the Western New York and/or Rochester, NY communities and show leadership qualities.
Burke, an actor with Down syndrome, played Corky on the television show, Life Goes On. He has earned numerous awards and is a Goodwill Ambassador for the National Down Syndrome Society.

Complete guidelines can be found on the nomination form. All nominations are due by Friday, April 20, 2018. For more information, contact David Mack-Hardiman, dmack@people-inc.org or call 716-629-3626. The award will be presented on Saturday, May 19, during the Museum’s fundraiser and auction event at its location, 3826 Main Street, Buffalo, NY.

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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.
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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.

 

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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.
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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.
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Partial Exhibit – Extended:  The Lives They Left Behind.

http://museumofdisability.org/exhibits/temporary/the-lives-they-left-behind/

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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.

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NEW MUSEUM HOURS!
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.

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NOW AVAILABLE IN THE MUSEUM STORE!
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/

 

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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.