The only museum of its kind in the United States located in western New York, the Museum of disABILITY serves as a beacon for members of the disability community who are looking for a place where they can be treated the same as everyone else. According to Dave Mack-Hardiman, vice president of People Inc. Training Center for Museum of disABILITY “The primary misconception to be is that people with disabilities are different from the rest of us, I think each person has areas of strength. Each person has areas that they’re working on. We really don’t see the differences that other people do and I think that’s the main message. They have a history to be celebrated.”
The idea for the museum began in 1998 as an opportunity to promote understanding, acceptance and the independence of people who have all kinds of different disabilities, within a year of the museum had produced one traveling exhibit. Since then the museums’ collection has grown, and in 2010, it opened as the nation’s only brick-and-mortar museum solely dedicated to disability history.
For more information visit Museum of disABILITY