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Welcome to the e-newsletter for the Museum of disABILITY History – please forward to a friend. We welcome your feedback and encourage you to visit the Museum of disABILITY History. 

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Two Upcoming Events at Museum of disABILITY History
The Museum of disABILITY History and the Center for Disability Studies are pleased to host two upcoming events – both will be held at the Museum of disABILITY History, 3826 Main Street in Buffalo.

“Changing Paradigms from Accessibility to Universal Design” will be presented on Wednesday, February 1, from 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. The presentation will be led by Professor Edward Steinfeld, a faculty member at the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning and the Director of the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (the IDEA Center). The disability accessibility movement is globally adopting a new paradigm: universal design. This lecture will describe the history of the accessibility movement in addition to discussing the difference between universal design and accessibility. Professor Steinfeld will also offer observations and insight into the reasons why the change from accessibility to universal design is now underway.

“A Sens-ible Home” will be held on Friday, March 2, from 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Professor Beth Tauke, University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning and director of University Educational Activities for the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (the IDEA Center), will present the discussion. She will discuss The LIFEhouse™, a universally designed concept house and model residence, developed by UB’s IDEA Center and a number of partners, which provides a model of a residence adapted to a person’s changing needs throughout the course of a lifetime.

For more information about these two events, click on the flyer.

Introducing the Museum of disABILITY History Blog
The Museum of disABILITY History has a blog at http://blog.museumofdisability.org/ and includes articles and information relating to disability history, awareness and education. The newest blog is tilted, “Sharing Noah’s Story,” which is an interview with Rick Smith of NoahsDad.com. Catch up on past blog posts about: Comic books and Polio, Entering the Fight Against Polio, Museum of disABILITY History artifacts and collections, the upcoming Kennedy advocacy book, restoration of institutional cemeteries and more.

Gift Ideas for your Valentine!
Looking for something unique for that special someone this Valentine’s Day? Find the perfect gift to make them smile, laugh and feel loved at the Museum of disABILITY History Gift Shop!
Go for the ever popular valentine’s gift of chocolates with our newest products: mouth-watering chocolate popcorn, decadent milk chocolate sponge candy or simply an original milk chocolate candy bar from Fowler’s Chocolates.
Make a statement with the jewelry you buy this year with our collection in Braille! Whether it is just a simple letter necklace (any letter of the alphabet in Braille) or a beautiful pure silver heart pendant with “LOVE” in Braille, you will be sure to spark a special moment with your loved one.
Share memories with that certain someone over a nice warm cup of coffee or tea in our new Museum mug. This navy blue mug comes with a built-in spoon will be the gift that certainly takes the words right out of your mouth with this heartwarming message, “To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.” 
So savor those moments that are taken for granted! Give them a gift that will show that you care. At the Museum of disABILITY History Gift Shop there is a little something for people of all ages! Visit the shop located at 3826 Main Street, Buffalo and see for yourself the vast array of items that are each unique in their very own way!

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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Curators Corner: The Museum Library
“One aspect of being curator of the Museum of disABILITY History is overseeing the additions that are made to our Research Library,” said Douglas Platt, curator for the Museum of disABILITY History. The library currently has more than 1,700 pieces of literature that span over 200 years of disability history. “Amid the scholarly journals, Annual Reports, medical studies and personal accounts of disability, a researcher can find facts, figures and statistics that reflect the actions society took to deal with individuals with disabling conditions. Some of the books in the collection are singular in their ability to reflect, or shape the attitudes society holds towards individuals with disabilities,” shared Douglas. Here are three recent additions to the Research Library:

Hello Doctor (image 1): A Brief Biography of Charles Bernstein, M.D. by James G. Riggs, Member Board of Visitors, Rome State School Printed and bound in the Roycroft Shops at East Aurora, NY MCMXXXVI. This retrospective offers invaluable glimpses of life inside the Rome State School as well as Bernstein’s innovations that would lead to the establishment of “group homes.”

Eugenics Record Office - Memoir No. 2 (image 2):  The Nam Family: A Study In Cacogenics by Arthur H. Estabrook and Charles B. Davenport. With Four Charts and Four Text Graphs. Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island, NY. August, 1912. This classic study by two prominent eugenicists presents a lurid and analytical case study of an extended family of “degenerates” that typify the need to take action regarding the “problem of the feeble-minded.”

Down’s Upside (image 3): A positive view of Down’s syndrome, by Eva Snoijnk, 2010. This “coffee-table” style book features 101 portraits of children with Down syndrome in a manner that might challenge the reader reconsider their preconceptions about this diagnosis.

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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