October 2011 - Museum of disABILITY History E-newsletter

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Welcome to the first e-newsletter issue of the Museum of disABILITY History – please forward to a friend. We welcome your feedback and encourage you to visit the Museum of disABILITY History. 

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War and disABILITY Exhibit Continues
The Museum of disABILITY History’s newest exhibit, “War and disABILITY” continues to be on display now through December 31. The exhibit includes American national history and the nation’s involvement in wars both at home and abroad. Topics covered include people with disabilities in war and war efforts at home; perceptions of veterans who are disabled in popular culture; neuropsychological injuries; the evolution of medical and military technologies; and legislation, rehabilitation and reintegration issues facing veterans with disabilities. Highlights consist of the establishment of the Invalid Corps during the Civil War, the “Elwyn Boys” participation during WWII, and the introduction of Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals. As the technology of war has advanced so has the number of injuries resulting in permanent disabilities. Survival from these injuries has been the direct result of ever evolving medical technologies.

Community groups are encouraged to visit this exhibit. For more information, call 716.629.3626.

Kids on the Block of WNY will Launch Anti-Bullying Program
The Kids on the Block of Western New York educational puppet troupe, a community outreach project of People Inc. and the Museum of disABILITY History, has recently purchased the “Bullying Prevention and School Safety” curriculum. The curriculum will be offered to schools beginning in the fall of 2012.  Throughout the current school year, the troupe will work to develop the program and incorporate the advice of experts in the field to enable the program’s puppeteers to relay the most effective anti-bullying message and information to schools. The initiative will be a stand-alone program not meant to replace the current disability awareness program, but to complement the message the troupe promotes addressing education, awareness, tolerance and respect for all individuals regardless of any differences.
Kids on the Block Project Coordinator Brie Kishel will attend an anti-bullying conference sponsored by the Character Council of Western New York on October 26 in Hamburg, NY. The keynote speaker at this event will be Dr. Amanda Nickerson, director of the Center for the Prevention of Bullying Abuse and School Violence at the University at Buffalo. The conference will address the Dignity for all Students Act, legislation which goes into effect on July 1, 2012, requiring all schools in New York State to revise codes of conduct and adopt policies to create a school environment free from harassment and discrimination.

The Kids on the Block of Western New York is excited to participate in taking a stand against bullying and aiding in the prevention of bullying incidents in elementary schools across Western New York. For more information about the development of this program or how to have a Kids on the Block disability awareness performance be performed at schools in the area or for community groups, call Brie Kishel at 716.629.3623.

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disABILITIES Film Festival and Speaker Series Features “Where’s Molly?”
The Museum of disABILITY History and People Inc. will host the 7th Annual disABILITIES Film Festival and Speaker Series on Thursday, October 13 at the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts.  This year’s film will be “Where’s Molly?” The documentary follows the journey of Jeff Daly as he searches for his sister Molly. When Molly was not yet three years old, she was taken from their home and sent to live in an institution. Jeff was left to wonder the sudden loss of his only sister. Nearly 50 years later, Jeff learns the truth about the family secret that kept him from his sister in a reunion that will warm your heart. The film’s running time is 72 minutes and rated PG.
Cocktail Reception starts at 6 p.m.
Prior to the movie, there will be a live musical performance by Niagara Falls, NY native Sujeet Desai, a professional musician and self-advocate.

Film Screening begins at 7 p.m.
Tickets $2.00, Students FREE with ID

Presentation by Jan Nichols, Author and Polio Pioneer at People Inc.’s Museum of disABILITY
There is still time to attend….The Museum of disABILITY History will host a presentation by Janice Nichols, author and polio pioneer on Thursday, October 6, at 5 p.m. at the Museum of disABILITY History, 3826 Main Street in Buffalo. For more information about the presentation or to RSVP, call 716.629.3613. Read more about the presentation in the press release… 
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Become a Member…
Want to support the Museum of disABILITY History? Membership opportunities are now available! With four different levels to choose from, you can choose the one that is right for you. All supporting membership levels are good for one year.

The top three reasons to become a member are:
1. Unlimited free admission
2. Invitations to exclusive events and exhibit openings
3. 10 percent discount in the Museum of disABILITY History store.
For more information, click on the flyer and registration form.

IMLS Conservation Assessment Program
The Museum of disABILITY History was recently awarded a grant from the Heritage Preservation’s Conservation Assessment Program through the Institute of Museum and Library Services. This award will allow the Museum of disABILITY History to have the conservation needs of the archive examined by a professional conservator. A two-day onsite visit will provide a general conservation assessment of the archival storage unit, the Museum itself, the staff and a number of other related policies and procedures. In the future, this grant could lead to improvements of the archive, conservation of the most fragile documents and potentially further funding.  

Curators Corner
The Museum of disABILITY History has recently added two Invalid Chairs to its collection, which are on display in the museum gallery. Invalid chairs were developed to position individuals who were ill, aged or infirm, in a comfortable manner. The addition of wheels to the chair allowed them to become handy transports for those too involved to walk by themselves.

One is a Geo. F. Sargent Co. Rolling Chair. It is dark brown in color and has four wheels with a wooden frame. It has wicker arms and siding, a caned seat and wooden foot-rest. The chair has metal leaf spring style suspension and axle, small metal front wheels and large wooden and metal rear wheels.

The second is a Reclining Tricycle Style Chair, it too has a wooden and metal composition, but instead of four wheels, it has three, with a small rear wheel to facilitate turning corners. The tricycle chair lacks the spring suspension of the roller, but it has a lever that allows it to be adjusted from an upright position to a full recline.

These items, both in good condition, are now on display and are beneficial additions to the collection of mobility aids for individuals with disabilities. “Getting Around” has always been a major factor in disABILITY History.

Museum of disABILITY History
3826 Main Street, Amherst, NY 14226
Tuesday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m - 2 p.m.
Sundays and Mondays: Closed
A project of People Inc.
1219 North Forest Road, Williamsville NY 14221

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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