Oscar nominated documentary featured at film series
Oscar nominated documentary featured at film series
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Film and Speaker Series Features Life, Animated
The Museum of disABILITY History Film and Speaker Series will feature a heartwarming story, Life, Animated, on Friday, April 28, with one showing at 7 p.m. at North Park Theatre, 1428 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo, NY.
Life, Animated is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man with autism who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. An emotional coming-of-age story, the film follows Owen as he graduates to adulthood and takes his first steps toward independence. Life, Animated was a 2017 Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary.
Following the film, there will be a short discussion with a question and answer session. The Museum is pleased to share that Angela Christoforos of WIVB-TV Channel 4 will emcee the event.
Co-presented by Autism Services, Inc., the goal of the Museum of disABILITY History Film and Speaker Series is to educate viewers, offer different perspectives, challenge stereotypes and celebrate the contributions of people with disabilities.
Admission tickets are $7.50 each and will be available to purchase at North Park Theatre. For more information, click here or call 716.629.3626. Updates will be posted on the Museum’s Facebook page.
Celebrating World Down Syndrome Day
This past week, in recognition of March 21 as World Down Syndrome Day, the Museum of disABILITY History welcomed family members of the Down Syndrome Parents Group of Western New York. They viewed the Museum’s “In Celebration of Down Syndrome” exhibit and enjoyed spending time with staff, sharing common interests. Additionally, a group of thirteen educators from the nation of Mongolia who are making positive strides for people with disabilities in their country, visited the Museum. The visit was arranged through the International Institute of Buffalo. The group received a tour and a presentation.
Amy Monson, president of the Down Syndrome Parents Group of Western New York, and Erdenechuluun Chultem, CEO of the Down Syndrome Association of Mongolia, had the pleasure of meeting each other. It was a great way to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day!
To view a WKBW-TV Channel 7 news segment, click here. For photos, click here. All are welcome to view the “In Celebration of Down Syndrome” exhibit, which is currently on display at the Museum. 
Woman with Down syndrome Writes New Children’s Book
If you get the chance to meet Engelic Everett, 33, be prepared to be inspired! She is committed to making the world a better place, especially for people with disabilities. A recipient of People Inc.’s services, Engelic lives and thrives with Down syndrome. She has always enjoyed writing inspirational poetry and most recently, she wrote a children’s book called Olivia The Bully, published by the Museum of disABILITY History. For a news story about Engelic that aired on WIVB-TV Channel 4, click here.
To learn more about Engelic’s writing endeavors and why bullying awareness and prevention is important to her, click here. The book will be available to purchase at the Museum store in April. On Saturday, May 6, the Museum will host a family-friendly book launch, complete with a reading from Engelic. The event will take place from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Museum of disABILITY, 3826 Main Street, Buffalo. More information will be announced soon. 
Save the Date: A Complete Perspective on the JN Adam Memorial Hospital
What: Museum of disABILITY History Dialogues on disABILITY Speaker Series presents:
History, Mystery, Neglect and Hope – A Complete Perspective on the JN Adam Memorial Hospital
When: Friday, May 12, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Gowanda's Historic Hollywood Theater, 39 West Main Street, Gowanda, NY
The free community event will include a panel discussion covering everything from the grand beginning of the J.N. Adam Memorial Hospital and its place in medical, historical and architectural relevance to its compelling allure, as well as the ensuing legal battles to determine ownership and landlord responsibility. Additionally, the book, J.N. Adam Memorial Hospital: Her Inside Voice by Char Szabo-Perricelli, will be highlighted. The book is the result of a multi-year photo documentation project containing the sensitive images and writing of Szabo-Perricelli. A question and answer session will be held.
For more information or to register, email David Mack-Hardiman at dmack@people-inc.org or call 716.629.3626. Updates will be posted on the Museum’s Facebook event page.
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Save 10 Percent at the Museum Store in March
In recognition of National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, a 10 percent savings will be offered in the Museum of disABILITY History store throughout the month of March. Unique products handmade by individuals with disabilities from People Inc.’s Day Habilitation programs are available. Items include handcrafted wooden wine stoppers and pens, as well as painted wine glass sets. Other items include jewelry, DVDs and books. Click here for a coupon. The store is open during the Museum’s regular hours, which are: Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Community Event: Fundraiser to Support Individuals with Brain Injury
If you live in the Western New York area, Dining Out for Headway may be an event to support. In recognition of March as National Brain Injury Awareness Month, Headway of WNY, an affiliate of People Inc., will hold a dining out fundraiser on March 29 and 30. Twenty percent of your dinner bill will be donated to Headway of WNY. Participating restaurants are Bonefish Grill, 1247 Niagara Falls Boulevard (at the Boulevard Mall), Amherst, and Lombardo Ristorante, 1198 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo. To ensure a percentage of the dinner bill is donated to Headway of WNY, patrons can use event information cards that will be available at each restaurant to give to their server or simply let their server know they are dining to support Headway of WNY. For more information, call 716.408.3100.
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