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  • Apr 30, 2009

    Center for Disability Studies Established

    The State University of New York at Buffalo and the Museum of disABILITY History celebrate the establishment of new Center What: The State University of New York at Buffalo and the Museum of disABILITY History are hosting event to celebrate the establishment of the Center for Disability Studies. When: Thursday, April 30, 2009; 6:00pm to 9:00pm              6 pm - 7 pm          Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres              7 pm - 8:30 pm      Program Where: Jacobs Executive Management Center (Butler Mansion) 672 Delaware Avenue (corner of Delaware and North), Buffalo, New York Why: The purpose of the Center will be to encourage the study, teaching and accurate representation of disability history and of individuals with disabilities. With collaborative efforts, The State University of New York at Buffalo and The Museum of disABILITY History will sponsor a visiting scholar for one semester each academic year beginning in the spring semester of the year 2010. The scholar will not only teach and promote the study of disability history, but also develop new exhibits for the ever expanding collections at the Museum of disABILITY History. Who: Speakers for the evening's program include: NYS Assemblymember Mark J. F. Schroeder Dr. Bruce McCombe, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, University at Buffalo Dr. Francisco M. Vasquez, Board Vice President, Museum of disABILITY History Dr. David Gerber, UB Distinguished Professor, Department of History, University at Buffalo Dr. Catherine Kudlick Keynote: When Blind People March for Dr. King Catherine Kudlick is the president of the Disability History Association, an international scholarly organization that promotes the academic study of disabilities. She received her BA from UC Santa Cruz in 1980, and her MA and PhD from UC Berkeley in 1988. Dr. Kudlick has been a professor in the history department of The University of California Davis since 1989. She has also studied and taught in France. Dr. Kudlick has published a number of works on disability and on the history of medicine, within the context of her specialty, French social and cultural history. Event Sponsor: The event is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York. A division Of HealthNow New York Inc. An Independent Licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. A flagship institution in the State University of New York system, the University at Buffalo is the largest and most comprehensive campus in the 64-campus SUNY system. UB is a premier, research-intensive public university dedicated to academic excellence. For more information, visit 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. For more information, visit

  • Apr 16, 2009

    Young and Old Making Special Memories

    Volunteers Come Out for Beautification Efforts and Promoting Awareness   Buffalo, N.Y., April 10, 2009, Volunteers from the Diocese Youth Ministry between the ages of 15 - 17 will volunteer their time as part of an intensive work camp training program during Holy week to provide services of cleaning, painting, and fellowship. On Good Friday, April 10, 2009 between 9:30AM -12:30 PM the volunteers will spend the day at People Inc.'s Seniors Unlimited Program located at 310 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo, NY. People Inc.'s Seniors Unlimited is the only program of its kind in the City of Buffalo that provides respite for caregivers of individuals with Alzheimers, Parkinsons disease, stroke and other related memory loss. In a safe, comfortable environment participants are involved in a variety of activities designed to foster self-esteem, maintain social and daily living skills, exercise the body and stimulate the mind. Activities include exercise, art, crafts, music, intergenerational program, community outings and interaction with peers. Collaborations like this provide an opportunity to promote awareness, diversity, and information sharing with the community. The day will be devoted to educating, raising awareness about individuals with special needs, community living/working together, and developing new friendships. It is a way to have fun socialization, make friends, share experiences and make a global impact, right here in Western New York. In addition, the youth will be asked to take part in raising the consciousness of the community and their peers by pledging their support and stop the offensive use of the "R-word - retard(ed)" in casual conversation.

  • Mar 31, 2009

    Rally to 'Spread the Word to End the Word 3.31.09'

    People Inc., The Museum of disABILITY History and Special Olympics Announce a Rally to 'Spread the Word to End the Word 3.31.09' to Raise Awareness about the 'R-word' WHAT: The rally is a part of the national collaborative effort to Spread the Word to End the Word. 3.31.09 will be a National

  • Jan 28, 2009

    CANCELED: People Inc.'s Children & Young Adult Services Fair

    People Inc.'s Children & Young Adult Services Fair has been cancelled! The Fair has been rescheduled for February 12th, 2010. Date: February 12, 2010 Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Location: People Inc. Sheridan Office 3131 Sheridan Drive (Northtown Business Center) Amherst, NY 14226 Click

  • Jan 21, 2009

    People Inc. Announces 2009 Board of Directors

    BUFFALO, N.Y., January 20, 2009: People Inc. is pleased to announce the agency's Board of Directors for 2009: William M. Collins , of Travers Collins and Company, will serve as chairperson. He resides in Amherst. Other officers include: David M. Downing of Orchard Park and Towne Auto Group as vice

  • Jan 20, 2009

    Self Advocates to celebrate Obama Inauguration

    United Voices for Change and People Inc Self Advocates to celebrate Obama Inauguration "With a new presidential administration comes a new chance for CHANGE for people with disabilities," said Erica Newsom, Program Administrator for People Inc's Self Advocates initiative. This Tuesday, January 20t

  • Jan 20, 2009

    Family Education & Training Series 2009

    Family Education and Training Series  January - June 2009 The following series are for families of children with developmental disabilities. These programs are provided through the funding of the Home and Community Based Waiver schedule. Click here for the full list of programs & how to

  • Nov 05, 2008

    Parents and Professionals Learning Together Annual Conference

    A full day workshop with Allen Mendler, Ph.D. Discipline with Dignity: Effective strategies to manage difficult behavior Thursday, April 30, 2009 Click here to sign up today! Click here for additional information on this event! 

  • Oct 06, 2008

    Ribbon Cutting Celebration for Elm Senior Housing in Hamburg

    Join People Inc. this Friday, October 10th at 10:30 am, as Elm Senior Housing in Hamburg celebrates its opening with a ribbon cutting and tours! When: Friday, October 10, 2008; 10:30 a.m. Where: 4122 Sowles Road, Hamburg, NY 14208 Who: People Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer James M.

  • Sep 29, 2008

    2008 NYS Disability History Week!

    People Inc. and the Museum of disABILITY History are pleased to announce the second annual celebration of New York State Disability History Week October 19th-25th. A resolution earmarking the third week in October was passed again in the 2008 legislative session. This week provides an opportunity t

  • Sep 15, 2008

    4th Annual disABILITIES Film Festival and Speaker Series

    Museum of disABILITY History, a project of People Inc., to host disABILITIES Film Festival and Speaker Series BUFFALO, N.Y: The Museum of disABILITY History, will host the 4th Annual disABILITIES Film Festival and Speaker Series October 17th (7 to 10 pm) and 18th (12:30 to 5 pm). The series will take place at the Market Arcade Theatre, 639 Main Street in Buffalo. Admission is $2 per person and free for students with proper I.D. The Film Festival targets students, educators, families, human service professionals, self advocates, and movie-goers. The goal is to provide entertainment and information while exploring issues faced by people with disabilities. The programs are intended to educate viewers about disabilities, challenge stereotypes, and celebrate the contributions of people with disabilities to popular culture. There will be a presentation and discussion by a variety of speakers following the showing of each film. For more information go to The Festival is also the unofficial start of New York State's second annual Disability History Week. The schedule of the films and speakers are as follows: October 17th (7:00 -10:00 pm): Mozart & The Whale (PG-13) The story of a developing romance between Donald (Josh Hartnett), a man who has Asperger's syndrome, and Isabelle (Rhada Mitchell), a woman who has autism. The film is based on the true story or Jerry and Mary Newport.  Running Time: 92 Minutes  Rating: PG-13 (Language)  Speaker: John Elder Robinson, author and New York Time's Best Seller. October 18th (12:30-2:30 pm): Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy. Two life long friends and disability advocates who are determined to live independently. This documentary moves beyond disabilities and activism, giving a rare portrait of a profound and symbolic friendship. Running Time: 40 Minutes  Rating: Unrated  Speakers: Diana Braun, President, People First and disability rights advocate, Kathy Conour, disability rights advocate and writer, and Alice Elliot, Director, Welcome Change Productions. October 18th (3:00-5:00 pm): The Collector of Bedford Street. Academy Award nominated documentary that takes and intimate look at Larry Selman, and activist and fundraiser who has a developmental disability. Larry's neighbor, filmmaker Alice Elliot captures Larry's persistence in overcoming obstacles and how he served as an inspiration to his community. Running Time: 34 Minutes  Rating: Unrated  Speakers: Larry Selman, advocate and fundraiser and Alice Elliot, Director, Welcome Change Productions. For more information, visit or call 716.817.7261. The Museum of disABILITY History advances the understanding, acceptance and independence of people with disabilities. Its exhibits, collections, archives, and educational programs create awareness and a platform for dialogue and discovery. The Museum, located at 3826 Main Street in Amherst, is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment. Admission to the Museum of disABILITY History is free. For more information, call 716.629.3626 or visit

  • Jul 21, 2008

    Find out where the presidential candidates stand on issues!

    This Presidential Election is one of the most critical in recent times. Please post the attached flyer at all sites. Come to the first ever webcast of The National Forum on Disability Issues to find out where the presidential candidates stand on issues affecting people with disabilities. When: Jul