March 2011

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People Inc.'s Holly Senior Living Apartments, located at 174 N. Main Street in Angola.
Welcoming Seniors with Low-Income to our Community
To make the case for affordable senior housing in Western New York, Columnist Donn Esmonde for The Buffalo News, recently referenced People Inc.’s Oak Senior Living in Clarence. The example was how a community through the leadership of its elected leaders notably Supervisor Scott Bylewski worked together to allow people from the “Greatest Generation” to move into an accepting town. Kudos to the Town of Clarence! The hope is that other elected leaders, such as those in West Seneca, would have the same realization. Read more about this concern…

“African Americans and the disABILITY Experience” on Display at People Inc.’s Museum of disABILITY History
People Inc.’s Museum of disABILITY History newest exhibit called, “African Americans and the disABILITY Experience” will be on display until April 22. Educators, students, community groups, religious leaders, and medical and human service professionals are encouraged to visit. The one-of-a-kind exhibit chronicles the perspective of African-Americans in relation to their experiences with disability from colonial times, desegregation, advocacy and achievement. The Museum of disABILITY History is located at 3826 Main Street in Amherst. For more information or to schedule a guided tour, call 716-629-3626. Hear what people are saying about the exhibit – watch our video!
New Museum Hours as of April 1
Sundays and Mondays: Closed
Tuesday-Friday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m-2 p.m.
Spoiler Alert! The Museum of disABILITY History will be launching its online store soon! Stay tuned for more details!
Kevin O’Neill from WGRZ-TV Channel 2 featured the Museum of disABILITY History during a recent “Celebrate WNY “segment. Check out the video!
The "African Americans and the Disability Experience" exhibit, located at the Museum of disABILITY History.

L-R: Rick Banner and Richard Marino during the People Inc. Self Advocacy Fair.
“Spread the Word to End” the Word Advocacy Fair
On March 2, People Inc. hosted a Self Advocacy Fair for agencies that work with individuals with developmental disabilities to introduce the individuals they serve to their right to self advocacy. Whether participating in community service projects or political issues, self advocates have found their voice. Recent self advocacy efforts have centered on the “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign to eradicate the “R” word. Find out more…

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month
Speakers Bureau Available to Share Personal Stories and Education
Brain injury is a prominent topic in the news these days with the injuries to our soldiers from bomb blasts in the mid-east to the recent shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford. As part of March being Brain Injury Awareness Month, Headway of Western New York, an affiliate of People Inc. and a support agency for survivors of brain injury, is offering a Speakers Bureau. Community organizations, service groups, schools or members of the media may request the Speakers Bureau. For more information, call 716.408.3100. Read the press release to find out more…

Kaitlin Frisicaro
New Art Specialist at People Inc.’s Seniors Unlimited Program Shows Therapeutic Results for People with Memory Loss
Amazing results can be attained with art therapy. People Inc.’s Seniors Unlimited located at 310 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo understands the importance of art therapy in the lives of those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Kaitlin Frisicaro was recently hired as an art specialist at People Inc.’s adult day program for individuals with dementia and other memory loss illnesses. Find out more…

Save the Date Conference: Carol Kranowitz Presents The Out of Sync Child: Understanding Sensory Processing Disorder
People Inc., Parent Network of WNY and Early Childhood Direction Center will host distinguished national speaker Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A. at the annual “Parents and Professionals Learning Together” Conference on April 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Lucarelli's Banquet Center, 1830 Abbott Road, Lackawanna, NY. Carol Kranowitz will present The Out of Sync Child: Understanding Sensory Processing Disorder. The cost is $85.00 per person (includes lunch). For more information or reservations, call 716.817.7484. Find out more about the conference…

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day
Information and Awareness at your Fingertips
What: Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day
When: May 26, 2011

Where: Buffalo Niagara Convention Center
 153 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY 14202
* Speakers                  * Exhibits
* Awards                    * Workshops
* Live Entertainment     * Parents’ Room
People with developmental disabilities and their families, experts from provider agencies and local officials will convene to explore the latest issues in the field. For more information or to register, visit or call 716.896.2180. People Inc. and People Inc.’s Museum of disABILITY History is proud to participate at Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day with an informational table and educational exhibits.


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