New mental health book, TS workshop info, Capturing Grace film screening
New mental health book, TS workshop info, Capturing Grace film screening
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Buffalo State Hospital Book Launch
After more than two years of research and planning, our latest publication, Buffalo State Hospital: A History in Light and Shadow, was unveiled during a launch event on January 23. This full-color book includes historical facts, amazing photos from our collection, several eye-witness accounts offered by former patients and employees, and more than 100 stunning images from the shuttered institution as prepared by modern-archeological photographer Ian Ference.

During the event, personal stories about Buffalo State Hospital were shared by Karl Shallowhorn, former patient, and Paul Shea, former employee. Additionally, David Mack-Hardiman, associate vice president, People Inc., shared his experiences from his internship at the hospital and discussed the stigma of mental illness.

For more information or to purchase the book, visit the Museum of disABILITY History store located at 3826 Main Street, Buffalo, or online at Click here to see photos from the event.
As part of our Dialogues on disABILITY Workshop Series, “Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders in the Classroom,” will be held on Saturday, February 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Museum of disABILITY History 3826 Main Street, Buffalo. The workshop is presented by President and Founder of the Tourette Syndrome Association of Greater New York State Susan Conners, MEd. Held in association with Learning Partners, the workshop will focus on Tourette Syndrome (TS) and ways in which parents and educators can help young people with TS and associated disorders manage their behavior. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available. The workshop is $40 for professionals and parents, and $10 for students. There is an additional fee of $30 for those pursuing CEUs. Payment can be made over the phone with a credit card by calling 716.629.3626 or click here for a registration form.

Tune in February 3, during the 10 o’clock hour on AM Buffalo on WKBW-TV Channel 7 as Susan Conners and Doug Farley, director, Museum of disABILITY History, share more information about the workshop.
Film to be shown at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Reception at 5 p.m. for all attendees
Museum of disABILITY History
3826 Main Street, Buffalo

Capturing Grace is a film about dancers with Parkinson’s disease joining forces with a famed modern dance company to stage a unique performance. This is a story about two realms: One occupied by some of the most acclaimed modern dancers in the world, while the other is inhabited by a group of people with Parkinson’s disease. This film is about what happens when these worlds intersect.

The event is co-hosted by the Museum of disABILITY History and Danceability. Admission is free; donations accepted for the Museum of disABILITY History, Danceability and the National Parkinson Foundation WNY Chapter. More details will be shared on our website and Facebook page. To learn more or how to get involved, call 716.629.3626.
In the Media
Recent news stories or contributions that include the Museum of disABILITY History:

“Falls library hosting exhibit on Dr. P.H. Skinner: One of Niagara Falls’ unsung heroes:” New exhibit featured. Niagara Gazette, January 15, 2016.

"Abandoned History: Vita Water, a liquid asset in Lockport:” Series of research-based articles by James M. Boles, EdD. Lockport Union Sun and Journal, January 6, 2016

“Did you Know? WNY Spas in the Old Days:” Contributed story by James M. Boles, EdD. Buffalo Healthy Living, December 2015.
January 2016
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Disability Advocate Angela Bray to Plan Presentation
We were pleased to welcome Disability Advocate Angela (A.J.) Bray to our Museum of disABILITY History to plan for an upcoming program later in the year. In addition to self-advocacy, A.J. has a long list of life accomplishments as an author and professional model. She was recently named Ms. Wheelchair Eastern USA for 2016. A.J. has served on the Niagara Falls Human Rights Commission, is a board member of Independent Living and works as a tireless advocate for individual rights through the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for information about her upcoming presentation. Click here for photos from A.J.’s visit.
New Traveling Exhibit Focuses on Disability Advocate Dr. Platt Skinner
The Museum of disABILITY History unveiled its newest traveling exhibit, Dr. Skinner: Disability Educator, Advocate and Abolitionist, at Niagara Falls Public Library on January 7. The interpretive exhibit immerses visitors in the experiences of Dr. Platt Skinner’s struggle for abolition in Niagara Falls. Produced through a generous grant from the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area, the exhibit explores dozens of compelling and persuasive visual images. The exhibit will be on display until the end of March at the Niagara Falls Public Library,1425 Main Street, Niagara Falls, NY. Click here to view photos from the event.
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For more information about the Museum of disABILITY History,
call 716.629.3626 or visit

3826 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14226
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1219 North Forest Road | Williamsville, NY 14231 US

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