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Events for people with disabilities

The 24th annual Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day, featuring Western New York professionals and businesses that specialize in services for people with developmental disabilities, will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 24 at a new location, the Conference & Event Center, 101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls. Keynote speaker will be Kenmore native Zach Anner, host of his own travel show, "Rollin' with Zach," on the Oprah Winfrey OWN Network. There will be 28 one-hour workshops, literature and general information about services and emerging trends. For more information about the event or tickets, visit www.ddday.org

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The Local Early Intervention Coordinating Council will meet at 10 a.m. Friday at Niagara Children ETC, 9812 Lockport Road, Niagara Falls. The council is seeking memberships and parent involvement at their meetings. Members meet at least four times per year regarding planning, delivery and assessment of early intervention services for eligible children and their families, including assistive technology, parent forums and bilingual service providers. For more information, call 278-1991.

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National Alliance on Mental Illness in Buffalo and Erie County, an education and support organization for families of the mentally ill, will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Amherst. Speaker will be Karen L. Nicolson, executive director of Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled or Disadvantaged of Western New York Inc. For more information, call 832-4035.

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Spirit Seekers, a spiritual support group for those living with mental illness or their loved ones, will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Pilgrim-St. Luke's United Church of Christ, 335 Richmond Ave. The group meets every second Wednesday of the month. For more information, contact Karl Shallow-horn at workingonwellnessbuffalo@gmail.com.

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The Alzheimer's Association, Western New York Chapter, offers a social group respite program site for those with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia in South Buffalo. The South Buffalo program is held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Monday. Trained volunteers and staff members run the respite in a group setting in a safe location. Fee is $5 per program session. All participants must be assessed by an Alzheimer's Association staff member before attending a group respite session. Location of the respite program will be disclosed upon acceptance. For more information, call (800) 272-3900.

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Independent Living of Niagara County offers a support group for families and friends of prisoners, formerly incarcerated individuals and their family members, and interested community members. The group is free and confidential, held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month in its facilities at 746 Portage Road, Niagara Falls. The program is an affiliate of Prison Families of New York Inc. For more information, call Claudia Racine at 236-0257 or Suzette Nicosia at 284-4131, Ext. 15.

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The Southeast Works offers recreational and employment opportunities and other services for adults with developmental disabilities in Western New York in its facility at 181 Lincoln St., Depew. For more information, call 683-7100 or visit www.se-works.org.

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.