disABILITIES Film Festival and Speaker Series Features “Bully”
The Museum of disABILITY History and People Inc. will host the 8th Annual disABILITIES Film Festival and Speaker Series on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at the University at Buffalo North Campus, Center for the Arts in the Mainstage Theatre. The event begins with a reception at 6 p.m. in the Center for the Arts main hall and the film screening begins at 7 p.m. The featured film is “Bully,” followed by guest speaker Jesse Saperstein, best-selling author, autism advocate and motivational speaker.
The purpose of the event is to educate attendees, challenge stereotypes and celebrate the contributions of people with disabilities. The disABILITIES Film Festival will feature the award winning and acclaimed documentary “Bully,” directed by award winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch. The topic of bullying is an emerging social concern that has been played out in headlines all across the world. Bullying cuts across gender, age, ethnic and economic demographics.
In order to better educate the community on the topic of bullying, including the bullying of individuals with disabilities, the Museum of disABILITY History and People Inc. will host a Bullying Awareness and Prevention Forum on Wednesday, October 3, 2012, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart, 3860 Main Street in Buffalo. The panel will include local experts on bullying awareness and prevention. Attendees will learn about the Museum of disABILITY History’s brand-new “kNOw bullying” program, which will premiere in school districts across Western New York in January of 2013. The workshop cost is $5.00/person, which includes a free admission voucher to the disABILITIES Film Festival. To RSVP for the forum, call 716-629-3615.
Tickets for the disABILITIES Film Festival on October 4 may be purchased on the day of the event, at the Museum of disABILITY History or in advance at www.tickets.com. The cost for the disABILITIES Film Festival is $2.00 for students with I.D. and $5.00 for general admission. To learn more, visit www.disabilityfilmfest.org or call the Museum of disABILITY History at 716-629-3626.
Sponsors of the 8th Annual disABILITIES Film Festival include: Bissnet, Buffalo Healthy Living, The Buffalo News, Child and Family Services, Hadley Exhibits and New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council.
The “kNOw Bullying Program” sponsored by the Museum of disABILITY History, a project of People Inc., will be provided as a supplement to established anti-bullying programs and will help to reinforce the message that students should become “Stand-byers” rather than bystanders in the efforts to reduce bullying incidents in their schools. The program is being developed in coordination with legislation implemented on July 1, 2012, in New York State called the Dignity for All Students Act. Educational puppetry will be used to facilitate a discussion with students regarding the definition and types of bullying, tools and resources for students to use if they become a victim or witness and how to become a “Stand-byer.” Information packets will be distributed to teachers, as well as for students and parents.
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 Buffalo and at www.museumofdisability.org, the Museum of disABILITY History offers educational exhibits and programs 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.
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