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Events for people with disabilities

Parent Network of Western New York and Early Childhood Direction Center offer a new support group for families of individuals with developmental disabilities. The group meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the last Tuesday of every month at Early Childhood Direction Center/People Inc., 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Families can meet and network with other parents, caregivers and families, share thoughts on topics of interest, ask questions and receive support. Open to families of children of all ages. For more information or to register, call 332-4170.

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The National Statler Center for Careers in Hospitality Service, 1160 Main St., is accepting applications from blind, visually impaired and disabled individuals for its Statler Training and Employment Program (STEP) classes, which begin Wednesday. The seven-week course provides customer service training for jobs in call centers, financial and medical offices, transportation and communication fields. Training also includes Microsoft Office Suite and personal job-search assistance. The job placement rate after graduation is currently 82 percent. For information, call Jeff Pease at 888-4526 or visit www.statlercenter.org.

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Headway of Western New York Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Amherst. For more information, call Lynda at 896-0771 or 480-7424 or visit: peaceinpain.com.

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National Alliance on Mental Illness offers a family support group meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Amherst. For information, call 832-4035.

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Parent Network of Western New York offers a free workshop presented in Spanish, "Special Education: What's It All About?," 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in its offices at 1000 Main St. Learn how to develop an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and what to expect at a Committee on Special Education (CSE) meeting or Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) meeting. To register, call 332-4170 or (866) 277-4762 or visit: www.parentnetworkwny.org

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University at Buffalo Neurosurgery Comprehensive Movement Disorders Center and the Parkinson's Association of Western New York co-sponsor the Parkinson's Disease caregiver support group at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the first-floor education room at UB Neurosurgery Building, 3980A Sheridan Drive, Amherst. For more information or registration, call 859-3342 or email: evalynkatz@ubns.com.

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Western New York Independent Living Inc. is seeking volunteers for its Peer Support Phone Line, a resource that individuals can call for noncrisis support. Need current or former consumers of mental health services. Volunteers will be trained regarding confidentiality, personal boundaries and communication skills. For more information, call 836-0822.

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Agape Parents Fellowship, 3280 South Park Ave., Lackawanna, provides service coordination, education advocacy and other supports for families with disabling conditions. For information about services for regularly scheduled parent support group and Bible study meetings, call 827-5407.

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Aspire of Western New York offers early intervention programs for children diagnosed with disabilities. For information on the infant/toddler development program or the preschool programs, call Aspire Center for Learning, 4635 Union Road, Cheektowaga, at 505-5700. Also call that number for information on Children's Discovery Corner child care and learning center.

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Baker Victory Services, 780 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, provides a wide range of specialized residential, outpatient and educational services to children and youths with a variety of needs, including developmental disabilities and/or behavioral or psychiatric difficulties. For information, call 828-9500.

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The Claddagh Commission, 7200 Lake Shore Road, Derby, offers a variety of services for people with developmental disabilities including residential settings and/or day habilitation services; at-home services that help individuals meet their needs within their own homes; supportive work opportunities within the community, including the New Angola Theater; service coordination to help individuals secure and monitor services. For information, call 947-5857.

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In-Home Behavior Support Program at Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled is designed to impact the behavior of children. A behavioral technician will work directly in the home to develop a plan that will meet the needs of you and your child. For more information, contact Charlie Bushen at 883-8002, Ext. 179.

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Individualized Services Environment program at Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled offers a personal plan or blueprint for a person with developmental disabilities that provides the assistance required to achieve personal aspirations. Program provides individualized services in participant's own home. Program can include both residential habilitation and day habilitation on a daily basis. For more information, call 883-8002.

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Independent Living of Niagara County, located at 746 Portage Road, Niagara Falls, provides core services which include peer counseling, financial benefits consultation, independent living skills evaluation, information and referral, individual and systems advocacy, housing search assistance, Braille transcription and deaf support services. ILNC also offers "Taking Control," a consumer directed personal assistance program. For more information about programs and services, call 284-4131 or toll free at (888) 567-6454.

Items of 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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