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Museum of DisABILITY History


Museum of disABILITY History Announces Closing

It is with a heavy heart that the Museum of disABILITY History, which has been closed to the public through the COVID-19 pandemic, announced on December 4, 2020, its closure at the end of December 2020. Like so many museums across the country, lack of adequate dedicated funding has made operations unsustainable.

Dedicated to advancing the understanding, acceptance and independence of people with disabilities for the past 22 years, numerous resources are digitized. A planful approach has been conducted to identify alternative outlets and partners to preserve the historical artifacts and collection items.

The People Inc. Training Center for Human Service Excellence will continue to operate in the building’s space at 3826 Main Street, Buffalo, NY. Educational components have long been integrated into New Employee Orientation for thousands of People Inc. staff and will be continued.

“While closure decisions like this are difficult, we will continue the Museum of disABILITY History’s spirit through community education and staff development at People Inc.,” said David Mack-Hardiman, museum director and associate vice president for People Inc. “A solid resource has been built to tell the story of the lives, triumphs and struggles of people with disabilities.”

We are truly thankful for the valuable participation of partners and supporters in this worthwhile effort to showcase inclusion and appreciate differences.

For questions about the closing and information about collection and artifact items, contact David Mack-Hardiman at or 716.629.3606.

The Museum of disABILITY History, a project of People Inc., was established in 1998 by its former CEO James M. Boles, EdD, in an effort to improve access to disability history for students. People Inc. is Western New York’s leading regional non-profit health and human services agency.