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Upcoming Events 

Museum of disABILITY History Dialogues on disABILITY: A Conversation about Epilepsy

As part of its Dialogues on disABILITY Speaker Series, the Museum of disABILITY History will host a free presentation called, “A Conversation about Epilepsy." Attendees can hear from Epilepsy Advocate Kyle Kieffer, who will provide valuable insights on how people can handle and overcome obstacles of the disorder. He will also share advancements in treatment technologies and information about celebrities who have epilepsy and how it has shaped their careers. Refreshments available. Registration encouraged.

To RSVP or for more information, contact David Mack-Hardiman at or 716.629.3626.

    Saturday, April 27, 2019
    10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
    3826 Main Street, Buffalo, NY

    Museum of disABILITY History Film and Speaker Series: Secret Path Film

    The Museum of disABILITY History Film and Speaker Series will feature the Secret Path, a series of ten poems inspired by the story of Chanie Wenjack, a twelve year-old boy who ran away from Cecilia Residential School in Kenora, Ontario, in an attempt to get to his family, nearly 400 miles away. The poems were transformed into 10 songs, by Kevin Drew and Dave Hamelin, and collectively called the Secret Path.

    The lead singer of the band Tragically Hip, Gord Downie, along with comic artist, Jeff Lemire helped bring the Secret Path and it’s message to many across the world through their beautiful and heartbreaking music. The Secret Path is an animated film adaptation of Downie’s album and Lemire’s graphic novel. Working with Downie’s poetry and music, Lemire has created a powerful visual representation of the life of Chanie Wenjack. The film is divided into ten chapters; each a song from Downie’s musical retelling of Chanie’s story.

    The film may contain mature subject matter. Viewer discretion is advised. While the film is animated, it deals directly with the abuses of facilities like this.

    Speakers John Volpe and Michael Bastine will discuss their community connection to the Secret Path. John Volpe is an Algonquin Elder, Healer, Protector of Wildlife, and an environmental activist. For many years, he has conducted independent scientific studies and reports on turtles and fish in our region. He has given numerous talks in local communities and high schools and has been a consultant to environmental organizations. Michael Bastine is an Algonquin healer, elder, and former student of famous Tuscarora medicine man Wallace “Mad Bear” Anderson and Tuscarora healer Ted Williams. 

    Registration encouraged. To RSVP or for more information, email Alex Jusko at or call 716.629.3626.

    Friday, May 3, 2019
    Two Showings: 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
    Speakers and Refreshments: 5 p.m.
    Museum of disABILITY History
    3826 Main Street
    Buffalo, 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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