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Alec Frazier Joins Person First Forum at the Museum of disABILITY History
Disability Rights advocate to share his experiences and perspective
As part of its ongoing Person First Forum series, the Museum of disABILITY History will have disability rights advocate, Alec Frazier, lead a discussion entitled, “Nothing About Us without Us.” The event will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2014, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 3826 Main Street in Buffalo.
The presentation will focus on concepts of advocacy and self-advocacy, and will also touch on reputable disability organizations such as the American Association of People with Disabilities, the International Organization on Arts and Disability and the National Council on Independent Living. Additionally, Frazier will discuss the University at Buffalo’s only disability-run endeavor, the Diversity in Disability symposia.
Frazier has been a public policy advocate for the disabled community since he was in elementary school. He has gotten two pieces of legislation passed, interned in Washington, D.C. and co-founded a prominent regional disability symposium. He also works for a number of agencies serving people with disabilities. He believes that the disability community should determine its own future and should play a key role in deciding its own public policy. Frazier has started to develop a new philosophy, Disability Realism, for those who wish to further the disability rights agenda while remaining in touch with today’s culture and social practices.
A native of Ithaca, New York, Frazier earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science from the University at Buffalo. A current resident of Buffalo, New York, he is enrolled in the Masters of Arts Disability Studies program at the University at Buffalo.
The Person First Forum is a free event. Regular admission applies for those who wish to tour the Museum of disABILITY History, which is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information or to register for the event, 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 MUSEUM HOURS! 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. Available as a Traveling Exhibit.
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The much anticipated, “Abandoned Asylums of New England”, a photographic journey by John Gray, with historical insight by the Museum of disABILITY History, is now available for purchase at the museum store! “Abandoned Asylums of New England”, 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!