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Catholic Health is hosting a stroke support group from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at OLV Senior Neighborhood Community Room, 55 Melroy Ave., Lackawanna. Attendance is free and open to recently diagnosed stroke patients, long-term stroke survivors, family members and caregivers. This week: “Driving After a Stroke” by Lisa Thorpe, occupational therapist and driver rehabilitation specialist. Information discussed will help stroke patients determine when and if they can return to driving and what they can do to regain their driving skills.

The group meets every second Saturday of the month. Light refreshments served. Each meeting will include a guest speaker, group discussion and available resources to help participants better cope with the effects of stroke. For information or to register, call 447-6205 or email:


Autism Family Support, a peer run program focusing on issues affecting families who have a family member with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at RealtyUSA, basement floor, 2139 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island. For more information, contact Vienna Haak at 430-5118 or email:


Buffalo Centre for the Treatment of Eating Disorders is offering a family support group from 7 to 8 p.m., the first Thursday of every month at the center, at 95 John Muir Drive, Suite 104, Amherst. The center is a comprehensive partial hospitalization program serving adolescents, adults and families. For more information, call 276-6939 or visit:


Independent Living of Niagara County has a satellite office in Lockport at First Baptist Church, 140 Genesee St. Hours for walk-ins are from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and 8:30 to 11 a.m. Thursdays; or schedule an appointment by calling 284-4131, Ext. 200. The peer-run, community based agency serves individuals with any type of disability in Niagara County, providing information and referral, peer counseling, independent living skills training and individual and systems advocacy.


Western New York Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association offers the Family Caregiver Lunchtime Webinar Series, online classes for family members who are caregivers. The series will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, once a month. This week’s class is “Public Policy and Advancements in Research.” For more information, call (800) 272-3900 or to register, email the chapter at:


Western New York Empowerment Network, part of Restoration Society Inc., is a peer-operated not-for-profit community based organization providing recovery, wellness and life achievement services for individuals diagnosed with mental health conditions. Holistic and person-centered services are primarily provided in the person’s own neighborhood or community. For more information, call 832-2141.

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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