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Museum of disABILITY History Announces Closing
Store Sale Includes BOGO on Select Books and Discounts

It is with a heavy heart that the Museum of disABILITY History, which has been closed to the public through the COVID-19 pandemic, announces today 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.

The Museum of disABILITY History online store has select books that are buy one/get one free from its Abandoned History Series, as well as books from the Ivan the Invacar children’s book series. Plus, various merchandise has been discounted. An additional 20-percent off items can be applied by using a “save20” discount code during the online checkout. Discounted books and various merchandise are for sale at

For questions about the closing, information about collection and artifact items or to arrange a curbside pick-up of merchandise, contact David Mack-Hardiman at or 716.629.3606.

The Museum of disABILITY History, a project of People Inc., was established in 1998 by 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.


Sale Extended for Museum of disABILITY History Store
Select Books are Buy One/Get One

The closing sale for the Museum of disABILITY History store has been extended! A limited supply of select books that are buy one/get one free from the Museum’s Abandoned History Series, as well as books from the Ivan the Invacar children’s book series are available. There is also a special bundle package for the Ivan the Invacar series, which includes four books and an activity book for only $20, and you will get a free Frisbee (while supplies last). Save an additional 20-percent off items by using the “save20” discount code during the online checkout. If you have questions or if you live locally and would like to arrange a curbside pick-up of merchandise, contact David Mack-Hardiman at or 716.629.3606. Stock up now on books for all year-round!

The Colony Chronicles Book Now Available

The newly released book, The Colony Chronicles, by Char Szabo-Perricelli and David Mack-Hardiman, is a rare account of life inside the Craig Colony, an American Institution. Published by the Museum of disABILITY History, the book is a photo essay, a compilation of stories, documents and insights into what life was like in the Craig Colony for people with epilepsy. The book is for sale online.

Book Feature: J.N. Adam Memorial Hospital: Her Inside Voice

The Museum of disABILITY History is dedicated to fostering a more accepting society, and one way we do this is through a variety of informative books published through People Ink Press. Part of our Abandoned History book series, J.N. Adam Memorial Hospital: Her Inside Voice, by Char Szabo-Perricelli, is the result of a multi-year photo documentation project of the hospital. It includes 400+ full color photos and writing by Szabo-Perricelli, along with personal accounts. The book also features historical support from the Museum of disABILITY History. The book can be purchased online. For more information, contact David Mack-Hardiman at or 716.629.3606.

Olivia the Bully Children’s Book is our Top-selling Book

We’re so proud of Author Engelic Everett, as her children’s book, Olivia the Bully, is the top-selling book published by the Museum of disABILITY History. It tells the story of Olivia the Rabbit, a third grader whose favorite things to do are make fun of her classmates, steal their lunches and play pranks on the teacher. Over the course of the book, Olivia transforms from bully to hero. The book, richly illustrated by Jeff Perdziak, tells a timeless story conveying a universal message.

Engelic is committed to making the world a better place for everyone, especially those with disabilities. She started her own company making shirts with positive messages, creating a brand and website based on advocacy. Engelic lives and thrives with Down syndrome.

The book can be purchased online. For more information, contact David Mack-Hardiman at or 716.629.3606. To learn more about Engelic’s writing endeavors and why bullying awareness and prevention is an important cause to her, click here.