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Events for people with disabilities

Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled has an overnight children’s respite center in the Town of Tonawanda. The home is dedicated to serving children and families of Buffalo and surrounding areas. Overnight respite will be offered at the house on weekends, expanding to mid-week in the near future. After-school services are available for adolescents with developmental disabilities to learn basic home, self-care and job readiness skills preparing them for independent living and adult responsibilities. Anyone interested in services offered, call 883-8002.


Early Childhood Direction Center provides information and referral to parents and professionals on the needs of developmentally disabled children to age 5. Also, provides technical assistance to child care centers that care for young children with special needs. It serves Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara and Orleans counties. In Erie County, call 880-3875; all other counties, call toll-free (800) 462-7653.


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: “Occupational Therapy After a Stroke.” 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:


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.


Phoenix Frontier, a human services agency, offers day programs for individuals with disabling conditions that impact their ability to work. Persons served range in age from 16-65 years disabilities include: mental retardation, developmental disabilities (cerebral palsy, autism, seizures, and neurological impairment), alcoholism, substance abuse, physical disabilities, blindness or visual impairment, traumatic brain injury, mental health and more. Activities include community outings, recreational and social opportunities. For information, call 833-3231, Ext. 226.


Summit Educational Resources, 150 Stahl Road, Getzville, provides evaluations, school and home-based education and therapeutic services to developmentally disabled children from infancy to 21 years old and their families. Educational, psychological, speech and hearing, physical and occupational therapy evaluations are available in all languages to assess eligibility for special-education services, special home and school-based instruction or to determine diagnostic conditions. A specialized diagnostic unit is also available to children suspected of having autism. For information about Summit programs and services, call 629-3400.

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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