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Upcoming New Art Exhibit

The Museum of disABILITY History is pleased to announce a new exhibit, “Outsider Art from Inside the Institution.” The Dr. Ionel and Marjorie O’Brien Rapaport Collection is comprised of mixed media artwork completed by people who were institutionalized. Dr. Rapaport collected more than 900 pieces of artwork from sources all across the globe, which now, courtesy of the New York State Museum, will be on display at the Museum of disABILITY History. Check the Museum of disABILITY History’s website and Facebook page to keep updated for exhibition dates. In the meantime if you have questions, contact David Mack-Hardiman at or call 716.629.3626.



Enhance Events and Conferences with Disability-themed Traveling Exhibits

The Museum of disABILITY History has a number of traveling exhibits available for rent, which have drawn big crowds in other parts of the country. Some of the popular exhibits include: African-Americans and the Disability Experience: From Colonial Times, Desegregation, Advocacy and Achievement; In the Game: Sports and Disability; The Kennedy Connection; Madness in America: A History of Mental Health; Reel Life: disABILITY Goes to the Movie and In Celebration of Down Syndrome.

The traveling exhibits can be shipped directly to a business, college or organization for conferences and events. To rent a traveling exhibit or for more information, send an inquiry to or call 716.629.3626.

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 and at the Museum store, 3826 Main Street, Buffalo, NY.

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 at the Museum of disABILITY History Store, located at 3826 Main Street, Buffalo, NY, and online.

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 at the Museum of disABILITY History Store, located at 3826 Main Street, Buffalo, NY, and online. To learn more about Engelic’s writing endeavors and why bullying awareness and prevention is an important cause to her, click here.

Media Features Museum of disABILITY History

We’re proud to share that the Museum of disABILITY History has been featured nationally and locally in the media over past years. As the only museum of its kind in the U.S. dedicated to advancing the understanding, acceptance and independence of people with disabilities, this attention helps share its mission with a much wider audience. Media outlets who would like to feature or use the Museum of disABILITY History as a reference may contact Nicole Forgione, assistant director for Marketing Communications, People Inc., at or call 716.817.7490. Stay up-to-date on the Museum’s news on its Facebook and Twitter pages.

Host a Disability Etiquette Program

The Museum of disABILITY History’s Disability Etiquette Program provides an informative training for businesses and organizations. It’s a beneficial learning opportunity for human resource professionals, medical and direct support staff, drivers and staff who work in the transportation and retail fields. For more information, email or call 716.629.3626.

Meeting Room Rentals Available

Organizations and networking groups are welcome to rent meeting space at the Museum of disABILITY History. There are two conference rooms available with Ethernet availability, laptop connections and other features. ADA-compliant rooms are available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Organizations are welcome to bring in their own food. Permission is required to schedule a room outside of the standard hours. For more information, email or call 716.629.3626.