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The Early Childhood Direction Center provides information and referral to parents and professionals on the needs of developmentally disabled children up to age 5. It serves Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara and Orleans counties. In Erie County, call 878-7282; all other counties, call toll-free 1-800-462-7653.

Autistic Services serves autistic individuals and their families. Call 873-6997.

Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled offers help in applying for Social Security or other financial benefits, budgeting instruction and assistance and help with paying bills. For information, call 883-8888.

Headway for Brain Injured TBI Care Givers Support Group will hold a meeting for individuals caring for survivors of traumatic brain injury from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Headway office, 856 Ridge Road, Lackawanna. For information, call 822-2261.

Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Buffalo and Erie County, a family education and support organization for those with relatives who are seriously mentally ill, will hold its monthly educational meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at 432 Amherst St. For information, call 839-0548.

The Advocacy Center in Rochester offers developmentally disabled Genesee County residents and their families case advocacy. For information, call Ann Scherff at 768-9690 or write to Box 277, Le Roy 14482.

Amputees Helping Amputees, which aids in recovery after an amputation, holds evening meetings in Sisters Hospital Medical Building, Harlem Road near Sheridan Drive, Amherst, just off the Youngmann Highway Sheridan Drive exit. For meeting dates, call 862-1170.

People Inc. provides the following programs and services for individuals with special needs and their families:

Teratology Information Services, a confidential telephone service providing information about the effects that drugs, medications, chemicals and other agents may have on a developing fetus. For information, call 874-4747 or 1-800-724-2454.

An Early Intervention Program, providing services for children up to three years of age with developmental delays as well as related services for their families. For information, call 874-5600, extension 133.

Service Coordination/Case Management to individuals who suffered a traumatic brain injury before 22 years of age. For information, call 874-5600.

Parent Network Center of New York State provides support for families having children with all disabilities through information, training and referral. Parent-to-Parent offers one-to-one emotional support by training parents who have a child with the same disability. For information, call 853-1570 or visit its Web site at "" and ""

Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled offers unique programs in community settings for individuals with developmental disabilities. Housing, habitation, employment, budgeting, parenting and senior citizens programs are provided to facilitate independent living. Individualized case management and a referral hot line (Project COACH) coordinate specialized services and provide information. To find out more about Community Services' programs, call 883-8888.

United Cerebral Palsy of Western New York Health Care Centers offer primary medical care, dental, psychiatry, counseling and psychology services to individuals with disabilities. Rehabilitation services as well as speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, wheelchair clinics, audiology clinics, feeding and swallowing clinics, augmentative communication clinics and assistive technology clinics are also available. Health Care Centers are wheelchair- accessible and have aides on site. For the Health Care Center nearest you, call 894-6117.

P.R.I.D.E. (Placement Resources for Individuals Seeking Employment) has a representative available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday in Babcock Community Center, 1168 Seneca St., for disabled individuals seeking employment. For information, call 833-3231, extension 229.

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