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Upcoming Events 

Museum of disABILITY History Dialogues on disABILITY Speaker Series Presents “Thankful, Blessed Individual” and a Review of Traumatic Brain Injury

Join author Ryan White as he shares his story and presents his book, Thankful, Blessed Individual: Never Stop Believing in Miracles. Ryan’s story is one of moving beyond tragedy to a life of strength and perseverance. Life has its ups and downs and Ryan’s life has been no different. However, it is his belief in himself and his faith which allow him to be a source of motivation and inspiration for all. 

Community members are encouraged to attend to learn more about what a determined man with traumatic brain injury (TBI), a community of faith and an inner desire to do the right thing can accomplish. 

The event will also feature a presentation on TBI from Ronald Fernández RRDS, CRC, LMHC, director of People Inc. affiliate, Headway of WNY. 

Refreshments will be available. Registration encouraged. To RSVP or for more information, call 716.629.3626. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
3826 Main Street, Buffalo, NY

Museum of disABILITY History Dialogues on disABILITY Speaker Series Presents Book Presentation and Signing 

David Mack-Hardiman, co-author of The Colony Chronicles alongside Char Szabo-Perricelli, will speak about this rare account of life inside the Craig Colony for Epileptics, a unique health institution in New York State. The book is a photo essay, as well as a compilation of stories, documents, old newspaper articles and personal insights into what life was like inside the Colony for patients and employees. 

Additionally, author Diana “Dee” Katovitch will share her book, Beautiful Children: The Story of the Elm Hill School and Home for Feebleminded Children and Youth. During her discussion, Diana will review her research, the progressive nature of early special education and the importance of disability history. 

Both books will be available for purchase.

Registration encouraged. To RSVP or for more information, email David Mack-Hardiman at or call 716.629.3626.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019, from 10:30 a.m. - noon
People Inc. Rochester Administrative Office
1860 Buffalo Road, Rochester, NY

Headway of WNY 20th Annual Spring Gala 

Headway of WNY, an affiliate of People Inc., will host its 20th Annual Spring Gala on Thursday, May 16, 2019, and community support is encouraged. The Roaring Twenties is a 1920s themed event featuring live music by the Bobby Militello Quartet, games, basket raffle, silent auction, food stations, two hour open bar and more! Event proceeds benefit Headway of WNY to ensure that individuals in Western New York with brain injuries and other disabilities have access to advocacy, resources and support systems to enable them to live as independently as possible.

A variety of sponsorship levels are available. Silent auction items and basket raffle donations are welcome. To learn more, contact Christine Melchiorre at or call 716.408.3117. More detailed information will be available at Headway’s website,, as it becomes available. Pre-sale prices end at midnight on Tuesday, May 14. Order here.

Thursday, May 16, 2019, from 6 - 9 p.m.
The Atrium @ Rich’s
One Robert Rich Way
Buffalo, NY


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