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Sponsored by Erie County Senior Services, Niagara County Office for the Aging and Western New York Independent Living, a one-day summit will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday in the Buffalo Niagara Marriott, 1340 Millersport Highway, Amherst. Topics include health care delivery, public policy, home safety education, options for independent living and research advances as they affect the needs of aging and disabled residents. Keynote address will be "Perspectives on Aging and Disability," by Dr. Kenneth Barbarino, medical director of Kaleida Health's Geriatric Center at De- Graff Memorial Hospital. Registration fee is $65; $50 for students. For more information, visit: www.summitonaging wny.org.

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Burchfield Penny Art Center and OAHIIO Native American Services for the Disabled will host a Native American cultural event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the art center at 1300 Elmwood Ave. Individuals recovering from mental illness and/or substance abuse will share their journey through artwork in a special exhibit, "Restoring Dignity Through the Arts." There will also be a wellness fair and cultural diversity performances. For more information, contact Allen Jamieson at 603-4546 or email: ajamieson@road runner.net.

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Lose the Training Wheels is a program using adapted bicycles and specialized instruction to teach campers how to ride a two-wheel bicycle. The camp will run June 25-29 at Cheektowaga High School, 3600 Union Road. Campers must be at least 8 years old, have a diagnosed disability and be able to walk without assistive devices. For more information, to register a camper or if interested in volunteering, call 817-7204 or email: wnylearntoride@yahoo.com.

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The Alzheimer's Association Western New York Chapter offers two social group respite programs for those with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia in Amherst and Williamsville. Trained volunteers and staff members run the respite in a group setting in a safe location. The Amherst program is held from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every third Saturday of the month; cost is $20. The Williamsville program is held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month; cost is $15. Locations of the respite program will be disclosed upon acceptance. For more information, call (800) 272-3900.

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Enhanced Services program at Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled offers clinical support and comprehensive hands-on training designed to help individuals learn the skills necessary to maintain stability in their lives. It includes individual and group day habilitation, residential habilitation and encompasses all aspects of the person's life. Services are provided by program staff, service coordinators and a behavior clinician. For more information, call 883-8002.

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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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Headway of Western New York will hold Peer Support Group meetings for individuals who have suffered a brain injury and are dealing with the effects of this life-changing event. The group will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the agency's offices at 976 Delaware Ave. For information, call 408-3100 or visit: www.headwayofwny.org.

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Headway of Western New York Peer Support in Rural Communities will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the second floor MRU Activities Room at DeGraff Memorial Hospital, 445 Tremont St., North Tonawanda. For more information, call Mark Shaw at 523-9623 or email: mmshaw615@yahoo.com.

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Attention Deficit Disorder Resource Education Support Source invites adults who have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or who have questions about the disorder to its monthly support meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Denny's Restaurant, 4610 Genesee St., Cheektowaga. Meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month. For more information, call Martha at 207-6749.

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Neighborhood Legal Services Inc., a nonprofit civil legal services agency, is providing adult cancer patients and families of pediatric cancer patients access to free civil legal services ranging from assistance with denial of public benefits, family law matters, disability law, housing issues, preparation of advance directives and permanency planning. For more information, call 847-0650, Ext. 420.

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Action for Mental Health will host an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder support group from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday at 1005 Grant St. Also available are support groups for depression, anxiety, panic disorder, pain management and female trauma survivors. Groups are free. For details, call 871-0581.

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Western New York Independent Living Inc. offers a free social hour, including games of backgammon, Scrabble, chess and cards, from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday in the back Conference Room, WNY Independent Living Project, 3108 Main St. Light refreshments served. For information, call 836-0822, Ext. 170.