Save the Date for Next Dialogues on disABILITY Speaker Series-Friday, Oct. 3 @ 7 pm.

Medical and mental health professionals, social workers and anyone interested in learning more about bipolar disorder are invited to attend the Dialogues on disABILITY Speaker Series at the Museum of disABILITY History to be held in October. Author Steve Nowatniak will present a discussion about his book, Handbook for Healthy Living with a Mood Disorder. Twelve years ago, Nawotniak was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after a weeklong hospitalization for severe depression. He has been coping with the symptoms and is currently in the process of recovery. In the book, he offers an experienced-based sharing of skills and tools that have worked for him. Relying on his expertise as an occupational therapist, he focuses on constructing a meaningful quality of life using skills that are effective and important for everybody while addressing and accommodating the needs unique to bipolar disorder.

When: Friday, October 3, at 7 p.m.

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

Cost: Adults – $5, Students, Seniors, and Human Service Employees – $2.50, Members of the Museum of disABILITY History – free

Information/RSVP: Call 716.629.3626


Friday, October 17, Films at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Reception at 5 p.m. DisABILITY Film Festival and Speaker Series presents the world premiere of Kelly’s Hollywood by writer, actor, director and producer Brian Donovan. Kelly’s Hollywood is the story of Kelly, a young woman with Down syndrome and her relationship with her brother, Brian Donovan. Both Brian and Kelly were originally from Buffalo. Brian moved to Hollywood to pursue his acting career and Kelly spent her summers there, too, trying to achieve her own goals of being a Hollywood star. This year’s event is a fund raiser for the Museum of disABILITY History, Bornhava and Cantalician Center. Brian will be on hand to answer questions at the Museum of disABILITY History between the presentations. The films will be shown at the Amherst Dipson Theatre, 3500 Main Street, Buffalo. A reception will be held at 5 p.m. at the Museum of disABILITY History, 3826 Main Street, Buffalo (half mile from theatre).

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The Museum of disABILITY History will now be open from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday! Please stop in for a tour of our unique collection!
(Closed for Thanksgiving: Thursday – Saturday)


LITTLE DIFFERENCES: The Portrayal of Children with disABILITIES Throughout History is now available as a Traveling Exhibit.


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!