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2017-08-17 / Business

Museum speaker series to continue on Sept. 9

As part of its continuing speaker series, the Museum of disABILITY History will host author Diana Katovitch from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at the museum, 3826 Main St., Amherst.

According to a press release, during the free event, Katovitch will focus on her book “Beautiful Children: The Story of the Elm Hill School and Home for Feebleminded Children and Youth.”

The book is published by the Museum of disABILITY History. The release further states that the Elm Hill School was the first school for children with intellectual disabilities in the United States, founded in 1848 in Barre, Massachusetts.

During the discussion, Katovitch will review her research, the progressive nature of early special education and the importance of disability history. Diana Katovitch is the coordinator of the Peer2Peer Project and assistant director of the Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education.

According to the release, she worked for 21 years as a special education teacher in New York State public schools. She is a graduate of Syracuse University and Cortland State College. The softcover book costs $9.95 and will be for sale at the event. Event registration is encouraged. For more information or to register, email David Mack-Hardiman at dmack@people-inc.org or call 629-3626.

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