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Presentation and Book Signing
Thursday, April 26, 2012
2:00 PM
Niagara County Historical Society
215 Niagara Street, Lockport, NY 14094
James M. Boles, Ed.D., who grew up in Lockport, is president and chief executive officer of People Inc., Western New York’s largest health and human services agency. He will be sharing his research for his latest book, "When There Were Poorhouses, Early Care in Rural New York, 1808-1950." Dr. Boles attended Columbia University in New York to earn both his Doctor of Education degree and Master of Education degree specializing in Family and Community Relations. His main interests include local history and the history of disabilities.

Continuum of Care: A History of WNY Human Service Agencies
The Museum’s newest exhibit, Continuum of Care: A History of WNY Human Service Agencies will be unveiled at Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day on May 24, 2012. The first installment of this exhibit will highlight the unique histories of some notable agencies in Niagara County including Family and Children’s Service of Niagara, The Sunshine League, and St. Mary’s on the Lake. What makes this exhibit unique from previous Museum of disABILITY History exhibits is that it is designed to accommodate the addition of other local human service agencies. Included with the exhibit will be information on how other WNY agencies can be included in future installments of the Continuum of Care exhibit. For more information about this exhibit, please contact the Museum at 716.629.3602.
St. Mary’s Home for Children, 6173 East Lake Road, Olcott. Sold to Le Couteulx St. Mary’s Benevolent Society for the Deaf and Dumb on July 19, 1929, and named St. Mary’s Home for Children.

The Museum of disABILITY History exhibit called “African Americans and the Disability Experience.”
Traveling Exhibits are ready to travel!
Bring the Museum of disABILITY History to you!
While the Museum of disABILITY History maintains a home in Buffalo, we want to share disability history worldwide so we have designed exhibits that easily ship and set up. For more information on how to rent one of our traveling exhibits, contact the Stephanie Kryst at skryst@people-inc.org at 716.629.3613. Our travel exhibits cover a broad range of unique topics. Click here to learn more!

"Kids on the Block" Out-and-About in Western New York!
Kids on the Block of WNY puppets and puppeteers have been very busy since the start of the school year! The disability awareness puppet program has been presented in 40 schools (and counting!) to over 3,500 third and fourth grade students. The "Reading with a Puppet" program has been presented in 30 schools (and counting!) to over 2,900 kindergarten, first and second grade students.
Kids on the Block of WNY have been invited to several special events this year to "meet and greet" our fans and supporters at the following events:
  • The Parent Expo at the Childrens Safety Village in Chautauqua County
  • The disABILITIES Film Festival and Speaker Series
  • The Buffalo Chili Fest
  • Hunter’s Day of Hope for Children
  • Disability Awareness Celebrations at Elmwood Village Charter and Hoover Elementary
  • Character Carnival sponsored by the Character Council of WNY
  • Buffalo St. Patrick’s Day Parade
To lean more about Kids on the Block of WNY, contact Brie Kishel, project coordinator, at bkishel@people-inc.org or 716.629.3623.
While at the Buffalo St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Puppet Mark Riley and Project Coordinator Brie Kishel met staff from WGRZ-TV Channel 2: Melissa Holmes, Kevin O’Neill and Jodi Johnston.

The Smith Family.
Photo by Melanie Rose Photography.
Museum of disABILITY History Blog Article Featured in Western New York Family Magazine
One of the articles from the Museum of disABILITY History Blog was reprinted with permission in the April 2012 issue of Western New York Family Magazine in its
“The Special Needs Child” section. The article is called “Sharing Noah’s Story.” It features an interview with Rick Smith who lives in Dallas, Texas and is the blogger for NoahsDad.com and proud dad of Noah.

The 8th Annual disABILITIES Film Festival and Speaker Series will be held on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2012 at the UB Center for the Arts Main Stage Theater. Stay tuned to the Museum’s Facebook page for updates including announcements regarding the feature film and speakers for the event.


The UB Center for Disability Studies invites you to attend the Disability & Citizenship workshop:
Friday, April 27, 2012  •  280 Park Hall 
8:30am – 5:00pm
•  Richard K. Scotch, Ph.D. - “For What It’s Worth: Citizenship and Disability in the Twenty-first Century”
•  Allison C. Carey, Ph.D. - “Citizenship and the Family: The Dilemma of ‘Family Rights’”
•  Kim E. Nielsen, Ph.D. - “Unfit for Unalienable Rights? Disability, Dependency, and Citizenship in the US”
Plus Roundtable Discussion with Self Advocates.

Become a Member
Want to support the Museum of disABILITY History? Membership opportunities are now available! With four different levels to choose from, you can choose the one that is right for you. All supporting membership levels are good for one year.

The top three reasons to become a member are:
1. Unlimited free admission
2. Invitations to exclusive events and exhibit openings
3. 10 percent discount in the Museum of disABILITY History store. 
For more information, click on the flyer and registration form.
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For more information about the Museum of disABILITY History,
call 716.629.3626 or visit www.museumofdisability.org.

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Museum of disABILITY History Store online: store.museumofdisability.org

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