Recognizing Abilities, Not Disabilities

Friday, October 15, 2010, 7:35am EDT

It is a unique place where people with disabilities can show their abilities. A grand opening is being held today for the Museum of disABILITY History and the Training Center for Human Service Excellence.

Organizers say with People, Inc. say the Museum of disABILITY History is the only free standing museum dedicated to the history of people with disabilities. It features exhibits on the Kennedy family and their advocacy for disability rights along with people with disabilities in movies and TV. A sports section highlights Buffalo Sled Hockey. The museum also recognizes state and national advancements.

The goal of the museum is to expand community awareness by collecting, preserving and displaying artefacts pertaining to the history of people with disabilities. It is located at 3826 Main Street near Eggert Road on the Amherst/Buffalo border and is open to the public.

Public figures will be on hand to mark the occasion with a ribbon cutting this afternoon. The third week in October is known as Disability History Week in New York State. Today marks recognition of the state’s first ever Disability History Day.

Will the museum be a success in reaching out to the community and changing their perceptions of people with disabilities? Stay tuned. But it is one positive way to put Buffalo on the map for a very good cause. The museum’s slogan is "Unique to WNY… Unique to the World!"

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