Museum of disABILITY History

3826 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14226 - United States





A project of People Inc., the Museum of disABILITY History proves that everything is possible. It is a trusted, go-to resource for anyone that is looking to learn about the history, challenges, and achievements of people with disabilities over the past few centuries.


The Museum of disABILITY History’s permanent collection takes visitors on a journey through disability history. Exhibits include:

Throughout History — An introduction to Disability History. “As long as there have been people, there have been people with disabilities.”

Almshouses and Schools — The evolution of care for individuals with disabilities and the development of early Poorhouses, Almshouses and Schools.

Path to the Institution — Highlighting the establishment of the early State Schools and Institutions in New York State.

Eugenics in America — A look at the history of Eugenics in America, including negative and positive eugenics.

Pop Culture — A look at the role of disability in popular culture.

Sports and Disability — A look at the participation of individuals with disabilities in sports and recreation as well as the development of adaptive sports.

The Evolution of Adaptive Equipment — The history and development of mobility aids and adaptive equipment.

The Invacar Exhibit — The Invacar, a three-wheeled carriage powered by a motorcycle-type engine, was made in Britain from 1948–1977.

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