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Senator Patrick M. Gallivan, James M. Boles, Ed.D., president and CEO of People Inc., and Assemblyman Ray Walter.
International Day of Persons with Disabilities Celebrated at the Museum of disABILITY History
On Monday, December 3, the Museum of disABILITY History hosted a celebration commemorating legislation sponsored by Senator Patrick M. Gallivan and Assemblymember Crystal Peoples Stokes, officially establishing December 3rd as “International Day of Persons with Disabilities.” Senator Patrick M. Gallivan joined People Inc. and several other community advocacy organizations and community members at the Museum of disABILITY History. There, guests including Assemblyman Ray Walter and Council Member Steven Sanders of the Town of Amherst, commented on their continued support of the region’s disability advocacy efforts. Click here to read more!

Ivan the Invacar Book Series Premieres
Fun and exciting reading for children

The Museum of disABILITY History is excited to share some fun news about a new children's book series that is now available! The book series will be about Ivan the Invacar, with the first book being Ivan The Invacar Helps Big Dog. All of the books have been written by James M. Boles, Ed.D., president and CEO of People Inc., along with a team of educators who reviewed the books throughout the process.
The book is currently available in the Museum of disABILITY History gift shop and online at store.museumofdisability.org.
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kNOw Bullying! Program to Launch in January
The “kNOw bullying!” program, a project of the Museum of disABILITY History, will be premiering in school districts across Western New York as of January 2013, for fourth grade students.
The cost of the program will be a minimal $1.00/student. “kNOw bullying!” will be provided as a supplement to established anti-bullying programs and will help to reinforce the message that students should become “stand-byers” rather than bystanders in the efforts to reduce bullying incidents in their schools. The program will utilize educational puppetry to provide students with a visual scenario. The puppeteers will also facilitate a discussion with the students regarding the definition of bullying, types of bullying, tools and resources for students to use if they become a victim or witness and how to become a “stand-byer.”
Information packets will be distributed to teachers and students as a resource of additional information and will assist teachers in reinforcing the message of the “kNOw Bullying” program in their classrooms. The anti-bullying initiative must be a collaborative effort between teachers, students, administrators, parents and members of the community. In order to decrease incidents of bullying both inside and outside of school, people need to KNOW and understand what bullying is and what they can do as individuals to participate in changing their own attitudes and engage in the battle against this societal dilemma.
For more information about this program, contact Brie Kishel, education coordinator, at bkishel@people-inc.org or 716.629.3623.

8th Annual disABILITIES Film Fest and Speaker Series Focuses on Bullying
The Museum of disABILITY History and People Inc. hosted the 8th Annual disABILITIES Film Festival and Speaker Series on Thursday, October 4, at the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts. This year’s film, “Bully”, offered an intimate look at how bullying has touched five kids and their families. While the stories examine the dire consequences of bullying, they also give testimony to the courage and strength of the victims of bullying. The film seeks to inspire real changes in the way society deals with bullying as parents, teachers, children and society as a whole. Guest speaker Jesse Saperstein, best-selling author, autism advocate and motivational speaker echoed this sentiment with his own testimony and memories of being bullied. Thank you to all who attended!
Bottom photo: Jesse Saperstein, keynote speaker at the Museum of disABILITY History's 8th annual disABILITIES Film Fest and Speaker Series.

Holiday Shopping
Are you an early bird? Already done wrapping? Or have you not even started your holiday shopping? If you haven't started or if you need some extra ideas, please stop by the gift shop at the Museum of disABLITY History! There is something for everyone: inspiring books, children’s books, jewelry, hand-painted wine glasses and unique gifts! You can shop online at store.museumofdisability.org.

The Museum of disABILITY History Travels to You!
The Museum’s traveling exhibits bring the different topics in disability history to those who are unable to visit the Museum. Exhibits are for people of all ages and abilities who would like to know more about the history of people with disabilities. Traveling exhibits are available for presentations at schools, libraries, businesses, health organizations, conferences or special events - locally and throughout the United States. Topics range from African Americans and the disABILITY Experience, The Kennedy Connection, War and Disability and much more. Reserve an exhibit today - call 716.629.3626.

For more information about the Museum of disABILITY History,
call 716.629.3626 or visit www.museumofdisability.org.

3826 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14226
Museum of disABILITY History Store online: store.museumofdisability.org

1219 North Forest Road | Williamsville, NY 14231 US

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