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Erie Canal Museum Volunteer Extraordinaire

Matt has always had a love of history. He’s also always had a learning disability. When he came to LDACNY, he joined the LIFE program. His counselor Jamie helped him see his “disability” didn’t mean he couldn’t put all of his amazing abilities to use. Matt has now been volunteering at the Erie Canal Museum for over 2 1/2 years! He’s worked his way from janitorial duties and setting up for events to Gallery Attendant, and now helps answer visitor questions about the exhibits.

Dan Ward, Curator for the Museum has nothing but positive things to say about Matt: “Absolutely! We love having Matt work here. He helps us, but he’s also very helpful to our visitors. The great thing about him is he’s generally very knowledgeable about history.”

Check out Matt in action and visit the Erie Canal Museum on Friday mornings! Or, if you need help finding your abilities instead of focusing on your learning disability, contact LDACNY at 315-432-0665 or visit


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