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Museum of disABILITY Introduces Person First Forum with Self-Advocate Rich Marino and his Helper Dog



Forum to Discuss the Importance of Guide Dogs, Breeds, Etiquette and More

The Museum of disABILITY is pleased to announce its Person First Forum event series. The first of the series will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2013, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at 3826 Main Street in Buffalo. Self-advocate Rich Marino and his helper dog, Tobey, will “show and tell” the importance that specially trained animals play in the lives of individuals with disabilities.

The presentation will include: a history of Guide Dogs, breeds, etiquette, care and usage, training, school requirements, demonstrations and a question and answer session. The activities continue at noon with “Story Time at the Museum” featuring the reading of two children’s books that are part of the Museum’s educational curriculum: “Best Dog for the Job” and “Looking Out for Sarah.”

Marino has worked at People Inc. for over three years as an advocacy mentor. He facilitated the creation of the self-advocacy group known as CORE and currently updates and coordinates the People Inc. self-advocacy website. He is a member of DEAN (Disability, Education, and Advocacy Network) and is an Ambassador for People Inc. Marino was formerly a self-advocacy educator at AmeriCorps, received the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Ambassador award in 1980 and received a certification in Special Education and Teaching from Medaille College in 2009. A resident of Blasdell, he became an advocate because of his personal experiences and the fact that his parents instilled in him the knowledge that he is no different from other people. In performing his advocacy work, Marino wants to help others avoid experiencing the difficulties and pitfalls of living with a disability.

The event is free. Regular admission applies for those who wish to have a tour of 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.

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