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Museum of disABILITY History announces permanent closure

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Posted at 2:31 PM, Dec 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-04 14:31:54-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Museum of disABILITY History which has been closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic has announced its permanent closure.

A release says in part:

"Like so many museums across the country, lack of adequate dedicated funding has made operations unsustainable. Devoted to advancing the understanding, acceptance and independence of people with disabilities for the past 22 years, numerous resources are currently digitized. A planful approach has been conducted to identify alternative outlets and partners to preserve the historical artifacts and collection items."

Officials say the People Inc. Training Center for Human Service Excellence will continue to operate in the building's space at 3286 Main Street in Buffalo.

“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's online store has select books which are buy one, get one free and various merchandise has been discounted.

For more information you can contact (716) 629-3606.