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Events for the disabled

Autistic Services, Inc. needs volunteers to staff their fund raiser holiday gift wrapping booth from Dec. 3 through Dec. 24, day and evening hours in the Walden Galleria Mall, Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Proceeds will benefit the agency's programs for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders. For information or to volunteer, call 631-5777.

The Parent Network of Western New York offers an Asset Development workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday in EPIC National Center for Parenting and Character Education, 1000 Main St. Learn how to focus on your child's strengths to build healthy relationships and make wise decisions. For information or to register, call 332-4100.

The Help You Group is a free service for anyone interested in feeling more confident about their personal appearance and their job skill, and is held every Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Marvin Palanker Conference Room at WNY Independent Living, 3108 Main St., near Hertel Ave., in the University District. For information, call 836-0822, Ext. 157 or 836-0822, Ext. 167.

Western New York Parent Groups and Parent Network are sponsoring an Identification and Treatment of Childhood Anxiety and Depression workshop from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Sheraton Four Points Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Consultant Ceci McDonnell helps parents learn to recognize the signs of childhood anxiety and depression and what resources are available to help. For information or to register, call 332-4170.

The Western New York Independent Living Project, Inc. and the University at Buffalo's Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technology Transfer is in need of individuals who use digital cameras and have fine finger dexterity difficulties or problems with their hands due to arthritis, cerebral palsy or any disability to conduct a series of focus groups where participants will evaluate new equipment prototypes in an effort to bring reasonably priced devices to the marketplace. Participants will be compensated for their time. For information or to participate, call 836-0822, Ext. 112.

The Learning and Computer Center, located downtown, provides adult education courses in basic skills and GED preparation for people with special learning needs. If you would like to improve your reading, writing, arithmetic and computer skills, and prepare for the GED (high school equivalency exam), call 874-7200, Ext. 132. Messages are taken 24 hours a day; you will receive a return call.

Items of timely events may be submitted by fax, 856-5150 or by mail to City Desk, Events for the Disabled, The Buffalo News, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, NY 14240.