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Events for People with Disabilities

Aspire of Western New York is accepting patients at its new Health Center, 7 Community Drive, Cheektowaga. The newly renovated and expanded center offers coordinated health care for those 18 and older with disabilities. To make an appointment or for more information, call 505-5630 or visit www.aspirewny.org .

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The Mental Health Association of Erie County will hold a free two-hour Writing & Well-Being Program. Fall sessions will be held at 10 a. m. Saturday, Nov. 15 and 29; Dec. 13 and 20 in the Mental Health Association office, 999 Delaware Ave. For information, call Mary at 886-1242, Ext. 321.

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Parent Network and EPIC will have a free "Parenting Today" workshop from 6 to 8 p. m. Tuesday in the Wilson National Center for Parenting and Character Education, 1000 Main St. The topic is "Communication Problems and Strategies." To register, or for information, call 332-4170 or visit www.parentnetworkwny.org or www.epicforchildren.org .

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The NFTA Advisory Committee on the Disabled will meet at 2:30 p. m. Thursday at 181 Ellicott St. It is open to those interested in learning about the NFTA's accessible services and programs for people with disabilities. For information, call 855-7286 or 855-7650 (TDD).

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The Buffalo Hearing and Speech Center, 50 E. North St., diagnoses and treats children and adults with communication disorders. The center provides speech-language evaluations and therapy, hearing evaluations, hearing aids, assistive listening and speaking devices, and support groups. It also offers an early childhood program, which includes an early intervention program for infants through 3 years, a preschool for children 3 to 5 years, and kindergarten. The center has offices in Buffalo, Amherst, Silver Creek and West Seneca. For information, call 885-8318.

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Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders Services of Western New York, 339 Elmwood Ave., offers support and employment services to individuals and families living with seizures. For those who need employment, the agency provides assistance in skill assessment, job matching, writing a resume, strengthening interviewing and job survival skills, and job coaching. The agency also provides counseling to children and adults with epilepsy, as well as family support services. For information, call 883-5396.

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Programs offered to disabled individuals by Suburban Adult Services include respite, recreational and overnight respite programs, and dancing, bowling, ceramics, sporting events, plays and concerts. For information, call 496-5551.

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The Supported Employment program at Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled provides assistance in job development, coaching and work skills to maintain employment. Also available is Career Exploration for individuals to shadow people in different career fields. For information, call Mel Pascual at 447-9999, Ext. 1.

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The Center for Children and Families at the University of Buffalo offers free programs, assessments and clinical services for children ages 6 to 12 with behavior and learning problems. For information, call 829-2244, Ext. 5.

Timely events may be submitted by fax, 856-5150 or by mail to City Desk, Events for People with Disabilities, The Buffalo News, P. O. Box 100, Buffalo, NY 14240.

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