Event to focus on the challenges of transportation for disabled individuals
As part of its ongoing Person First Forum series, the Museum of disABILITY History will welcome its latest host, Susan LoTempio, who will lead a discussion titled, "Gettin' Around Western New York - Tales and Trials of Transportation." The event takes place Saturday, Nov. 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Museum of disABILITY History, 3826 Main St., Buffalo.
The presentation will explore the difficulties individuals with all types of disabilities face when they require an accessible means of traveling from one location to the next. Getting "from here to there" is not always an easy task, and in a free-flowing conversation led by LoTempio, individuals, advocates and experts will discuss transportation needs for persons with disabilities.
A resident of Williamsville, LoTempio worked for The Buffalo News for 25 years, serving as readership editor, features assistant managing editor and lifestyle assignment editor. Additionally, she created and served as editor for the Buffalo News' youth segment, NeXT. As director of custom content, she was responsible for the Buffalo News' niche publications. LoTempio has also written and lectured on the media's portrayal of disabilities and why it is necessary for stereotypes of disability to be cast aside. Her essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, New Mobility Magazine, Children's Beat Magazine, the Dallas Morning News, as well as The Buffalo News. She retired in 2011, and now teaches at Medaille College and volunteers for local organizations devoted to issues of disability.
The Museum of disABILITY History, a project of People Inc., is dedicated to the collection, preservation and display of artifacts relating to the history of people with disabilities. The mission is to tell the story of the lives, triumphs and struggles of people with disabilities, as well as society's reactions. The Museum of disability History offers educational exhibits, programs and activities that expand community awareness.