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Two Events with Jewel Kats
Find out how Jewel Kats made her disability her fortune

Award-winning children’s book author and comic-strip writer, Jewel Kats, will visit the Museum of disABILITY History for a two-day event on Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22!

On Friday, June 21, from 7 p.m.-9 p.m., the Museum of disABILITY History will host “An Evening with Ditzabled Princess Jewel Kats.” An adult friendly interview-style discussion with Jewel will be held where she will speak openly and frankly about her life as a “DitzAbled Princess.” Jewel is the author of the comic strip titled “DitzAbled Princess,” which is based on her own life as a diva who considers her disability her fortune! Jewel’s web comic has become a revolutionary online phenomenon and has over 250,000 followers. Jewel will also have copies of her comical diary available for purchase and signing. Refreshments will be provided.

A family-oriented event, the “Your Crowning Achievement” event will be held on Saturday, June 22, from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. There will be a book reading of Jewel’s fairy tale “Cinderella’s Magical Wheelchair.” Children will also have the opportunity to participate in a “make your own crown or tiara” craft activity and take a photo with Jewel. Books will be available for purchase with an autograph session. The event is geared towards children ages five an up. Popcorn and healthy snacks will be provided.

Admission fees apply for both events. To learn more about Jewel Kats, visit www.jewelkats.com and www.ditzabledprincess.com. The Museum of disABILITY History is located at 3826 Main Street in Buffalo. To learn more about both events or to RSVP, call 716-629-3623.

“Celebrating Differences” at Monkey See, Monkey Do… Children’s Bookstore
Need some fun and educational reading this summer? The Museum of disABILITY History, will host “Celebrating Differences” on Saturday, June 29, from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. at Monkey See, Monkey Do… Children’s Bookstore, 9060 Main Street in Clarence. There will be book readings of Ivan the Invacar book series and “disABILITY Awareness” skits by Kids on the Block of WNY puppeteers. The Ivan the Invacar book series is written by James M. Boles, president of People Inc. The books are brightly illustrated to introduce children to disabilities and how to be more independent with adaptive equipment. The books also explore Ivan’s “superhero powers” and adventures! This event is free and geared towards children ages five an up. Books will be for sale. To learn more or to RSVP, call 716-629-3623.

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“kNOw bullying!” hearts (random acts of kindness project) being displayed on the lockers of 4th grade students.
M&T Awards “kNOw bullying” Program Grant
“kNOw bullying!” Program Teaches Students How to be Bully Free!
The Museum of disABILITY History and People Inc. are pleased to announce that its “kNOw bullying” Program was recently awarded a $2,500 grant from M&T Bank. The funds will be used to help the program with its many initiatives. The goal of the project is to assist in the creation of positive school environments throughout Western New York that foster the expectation of acceptance and inclusion of all students. The program premiered in Western New York school districts in January of 2013. During the past four months, over 950 fourth graders have participated in the program in 10 school districts including: Buffalo, Clarence, Eden, Grand Island, Hamburg, Hinsdale, Ken-Ton, Niagara Falls, Perry and Williamsville. To learn more about the “kNOw bullying Program, click here.

Museum of disABILITY History Named Winner of the OnCell Quest Contest
Ten cultural institutions across the United States have been named the winners of the OnCell Quest Contest. The winners will receive a free Quest Mobile Scavenger Hunt App for one year, beginning in July. The number one winner with the most votes is the Museum of disABILITY History! Thank you to all who voted! Quest creates an interactive mobile experience for visitors while using their own smartphones to guide themselves to “mystery” destinations. The game combines elements of geo-caching, scavenger hunting and self- guided mobile touring. Please visit the Museum of disABILITY this summer to join in the Quest! Read more about this innovative program...

“Little Differences” Debuts
“Little Differences: The Portrayal of Children with disABILITIES Throughout History” is an exhibit that examines the depiction of children with disabling conditions in a variety of formats across the ages. Whether appearing in works of fine art, literature, media campaigns or in popular culture, these children were intended to rouse the audience to action. “Little Differences” is an opportunity to assess modern perceptions of disability through the prism of historical imagery.
“Little Differences” includes a six panel banner stand exhibit with “pre-poster children” from prior to 1900, kids and the Parents Movement, politicians and kids, kids on TV and in print media, a new generation of “post-poster children” and push-back from the disability rights community. A selection of artifacts from the Museum collection complements the banner stands. On display are tiny adaptive shoes, small AFO’s as well as postcards, match covers, and photographs. A trio of My American Girl® dolls is also part of the exhibit; one doll uses a wheelchair for mobility, one walks a service dog in training, and the third has a hearing aid and has lost her hair due to a medical condition.

Great Gifts for Dads and Grads!
Father’s Day is right around the corner! Don’t panic, the Museum of disABILITY History has many unique items for dad that we know he will love, including a handcrafted wooden pen made by individuals at the People Inc. Hamburg Day Hab program. Also, a brand new golf umbrella to go with the new Nike distance heat golf balls only $7.95 for a sleeve of three and $24.95 for a box of 12! If Dad is more of a curl up with a good book kind of guy, there are several new publications he may like get his hands on, including the newest: Abandoned Asylums of New England, A Photographic Journey by John Gray. Show dad how much you care and get him a gift with meaning behind it! Stop by the Museum or check out the online store at store.museumofdisability.org to choose from these gifts and much more that you won’t be able to find anywhere else! All of store items make great gifts for your favorite students graduating this year, too!

(L-R) Rhonda Frederick, Chief Operating Officer, People Inc.; Christina M. Lopez, Manager, Workforce Development, Buffalo Niagara Partnership; David Mack-Hardiman, Interim Director, Museum of disABILITY History.
Buffalo-Niagara 360’s “Happy Hour for a Cause” Benefits the Museum of disABILITY History
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership and its volunteer contingent, B_Team Buffalo, recently presented a Happy Hour for a Cause at the Delaware Park Marcy Casino to benefit the Museum of disABILITY History. Young professionals had a chance to meet with members of People Inc. senior management and staff, including Interim Museum Director David Mack-Hardiman who addressed the more than 50 in attendance. Several attendees became members to support the museum that is the only “bricks and mortar” of its kind nationally. The event helped to raise awareness and funding for the Museum of disABILITY History. View photos from the event!

For more information about the Museum of disABILITY History,
call 716.629.3626 or visit www.museumofdisability.org.

3826 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14226
Museum of disABILITY History Store online: store.museumofdisability.org

1219 North Forest Road | Williamsville, NY 14231 US

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