Museum of disABILITY History Unveils "War and disABILITY" Exhibit
People Inc.'s Museum of disABILITY History is pleased to unveil its newest exhibit called, "War and disABILITY." An opening reception will be held on Thursday, August 18, 2011, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Museum of disABILITY History, 3826 Main Street in Amherst. The keynote speaker will be Steve T. Banko III, retired field office director for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and a Vietnam War veteran.
The exhibit focuses on the social perception, care and treatment of veterans who are disabled throughout history. The "War and disABILITY" exhibit examines the American military and disability experience in terms of medical and military technology, legislation regarding veterans, the psychiatric effects of combat, pop-culture and disability, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, traumatic brain injury and the contributions of individuals with disabilities in times of national need. From the Revolutionary War to the ongoing Afghan Theater of operations, the topics of War and disABILITY are often in close quarters.
Artifacts from the collection of the Museum of disABILITY will be on display, including: an antique prosthetic leg that was donated by the Niagara County Historical Society, items from the Disabled American Veterans, rehabilitation books, postcards, and a Litter like those used in the military to transport wounded off the battlefield.
Banko, keynote speaker, is an advocate for veterans and is a highly decorated veteran of war. He served two combat tours of duty in Vietnam and worked in government service for more than 30 years, with the first 20 years in the field of communications.
Assistance with the creation of the "War and disABILITY" exhibit was provided by Dr. David A. Gerber, professor of history at the University at Buffalo and Eric Bauer, president of E.B. Galaxy Construction and a veteran of the Iraq War.
The exhibit will be open to the public to view from August 19 to December 31, 2011. On and off the battlefield, War and disABILITY has touched people in different ways. Educators; veterans and military personnel, along with their families; students; community groups; religious leaders; and medical and human service professionals are encouraged to visit. For more information or to schedule a tour, call 716.629.3626. Walk-ins welcome.
The Museum of disABILITY History is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and display of artifacts relating to the history of people with disabilities. The mission is to tell the story of the lives, triumphs, and struggles of people with disabilities as well as society's reactions. Located in the Amherst/Buffalo border and at www.museumofdisability.org, the Museum offers educational exhibits and activities that expand community awareness.
People Inc. is a not-for-profit health and human services agency providing programs and services to more than 10,000 people with special needs, their families, and seniors throughout Western New York. Since 1971, People Inc. has assisted individuals to achieve greater degrees of independence and productivity.