Film captures Hollywood’s portrayal of people with disabilities
Film captures Hollywood’s portrayal of people with disabilities
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Diffability Hollywood Featured at Film and Speaker Series
The next movie to be featured in the Museum of disABILITY History Film and Speaker Series will be Diffability Hollywood, presented on Saturday, June 17, with two showings at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Museum of disABILITY History, 3826 Main Street, Buffalo. A reception with refreshments and a question and answer session will be held between screenings at 5 p.m.
Created by Adrian Esposito, Diffability Hollywood is a documentary about Hollywood’s portrayal of people with disabilities in films throughout history. A resident of Rochester, NY, Esposito will be the featured speaker during the event’s reception. Esposito’s main goal in making this film is to portray people with disabilities in a less stereotypical way and to advocate for the inclusion of more writers, directors and actors with disabilities in the movie industry. An award-winning filmmaker, Esposito has autism and is a spokesperson who seeks to help the world accept people with disabilities as capable, seeing their disabilities as “diffabilities.”
Diffability Hollywood features celebrities who have disabilities, actors and advocates, including: Edward Barbanell, Jamie Brewer, Chris Burke, Johnny Knoxville, Lauren Potter and Danny Woodburn. A portion of the footage was filmed at the Museum of disABILITY History and Curator Doug Platt is included in the film, providing insight on how characters with disabling conditions are portrayed in popular culture.
Event tickets are $5 per person and for sale at the Museum of disABILITY History, online or on the day of the event; limited space available. To purchase or reserve tickets by phone, call 716.629.3626. Click here to purchase 3 p.m. tickets or here for 7 p.m. Updates will be on the Museum’s Facebook event page.
Actress Jamie Brewer Visits Museum of disABILITY History
Last month, actress Jamie Brewer visited the Museum of disABILITY History! While in town as the keynote speaker for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day Conference held in held in Niagara Falls, NY, Jamie stopped by to check us out. She received a tour of the Museum and met with staff. We were so happy to have her visit and view the “In Celebration of Down Syndrome” exhibit, which includes a photo of Jamie.
A performer with a background in theatre, Jamie was born with Down syndrome. She is best known for her recurring roles in American Horror Story, an American anthology horror television series. She also appeared in episodes of Switched at Birth. In 2015, Jamie became the first woman with Down syndrome to walk the red carpet at New York Fashion Week. A promoter of global inclusion, she was the youngest to be elected President of the ARC of Fort Bend Chapter and is active with numerous non-profit organizations, including American Association of People with Disabilities of the United States and National Down Syndrome Congress.
To view photos from Jamie’s visit, click here.
Endowment for the Humanities Supports Collection of Archives and Artifacts
The Museum of disABILITY History is pleased to share that one of its preservation projects has been featured by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The Museum received a grant from NEH in 2012 to enhance its preservation resources after its move to 3826 Main Street in Buffalo. Thanks to NEH, the Museum was able to purchase data loggers and other preservation supplies to protect its sensitive collection of artifacts and documents. This project was recently featured in a series called “50 States of Preservation,” in which the NEH tours small and mid-sized museums, libraries and historical societies across the country to show how they are helping to preserve the nation’s cultural heritage. To learn more, click here.
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Sharing Information at DD Day Conference
We had the opportunity to meet so many people, share information and feature our store items at the Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day Conference on May 18 at The Conference & Event Center Niagara Fall in Niagara Falls, NY. Some of the top items sold were the Six Guys, 6,000 Miles DVD; Olivia The Bully, a children’s book published by our Museum and written by Engelic Everett and The Legend CD by Avery Gill. If you are interested in having our various store items to be sold at your event or would like to rent one of our disability-themed traveling exhibits that can easily be shipped, email or call 716.629.3626.
Visit or Schedule a Tour
If you would like to visit, request a tour or have a research project and would like to use the Museum of disABILITY History as a resource, please note our hours:
Sunday and Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Friday: 10 a.m.-
4 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Museum of disABILITY History is always open online and can be reached at and 716.629.3626. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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