Smile Day at the Museum

The Museum of DisABILITY History welcomes the UB Dental School for the fourth annual Smile Day on Friday, March 29th from 9 AM to 1 PM to provide free dental appraisals to children and adults. This event will also include the opportunity to sign the pledge to Spread the Word to End the R Word, information on Special Olympics, and Health and Wellness Information. Participants will also receive a free goodie bag!
Dialogues on disABILITY Speaker Series

The Museum of disABILITY History is hosting two presentations on Wednesday, March 27, as part of its Dialogues on disABILITY Speaker Series:

  • In the Buffalo area? Join author Ryan White from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Museum of disABILITY History, 3826 Main Street, Buffalo, NY, as he shares his story of moving beyond tragedy to a life of strength and perseverance. Community members are encouraged to attend to learn more about what a determined man with traumatic brain injury (TBI), a community of faith and an inner desire to do the right thing can accomplish. The event will also feature a presentation on TBI from Ronald Fernández, RRDS, CRC, LMHC, director of People Inc. affiliate, Headway of WNY. Refreshments will be available. For more information, click here for a flyer.
  • Those in Rochester are welcome to attend a book presentation and signing from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the People Inc. Rochester Administrative Office, 1860 Buffalo Road, Rochester, NY. David Mack-Hardiman, co-author of The Colony Chronicles, will speak about this rare account of life inside the Craig Colony for Epileptics, a unique health institution in New York State. Additionally, author Diana “Dee” Katovitch will share her book, Beautiful Children: The Story of the Elm Hill School and Home for Feebleminded Children and Youth. During her discussion, Diana will review her research, the progressive nature of early special education and the importance of disability history. Both books will be available for purchase. For more information, click here for a flyer.

Registration is encouraged for both events. To RSVP or for more information, call 716.629.3626.

Register for Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders in the Classroom Workshop

The Museum of disABILITY History will host its 2019 workshop session of Tourette Syndrome (TS) and Associated Disorders in the Classroom on March 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at its location, 3826 Main Street, Buffalo, NY. The workshop will be presented by Susan Conners, MEd, president and founder of the Tourette Syndrome Association of Greater New York State.

The workshop will focus on: What is TS, coping with challenging behaviors, classroom tips for working with children on the TS spectrum, practical ideas for helping to manage school work at home and in the classroom, proven suggestions for advocating for a child on the TS spectrum and the use of technology in assisting students. The workshop is recommended for parents; educators; school administrators; social workers and health and human service professionals, such as occupational, physical and speech language therapists.

Held in association with Associated Physical and Occupational ¬Therapists, PLLC, the workshop offers Continuing Education Units (CEUs). The cost is $40 for professionals and parents and $10 for students. There is an additional fee of $20 for those pursuing CEUs. A continental breakfast and lunch will be served. Wi-Fi is available and attendees are to bring their own laptop.

Registration with payment is due by March 22. For more information and a flyer with registration form, click here. For more information, call 716-629-3626.


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.

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 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 or call 716-629-3626.

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 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:


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 or call 716-629-3626.