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The Blind Association of Western New York has specialized programs for blind and visually impaired persons that teach personal and vocational skills necessary to maintain independence at home, in the community and in the workplace. Last year the agency provided services to more than 14,000 individuals in the eight counties of Western New York.

Among services offered are certified orientation and mobility training; community, industrial and professional education programs; physical, occupational, speech and vision therapy; medical supervision, nursing and dietary care; employment services and vocational assessment; a visually impaired pre-school program, and rehabilitation services for all ages, from birth to 90-plus years. For information, call 882-1025.

Healthy men -- particularly African-Americans -- over age 55 are being sought by Roswell Park Cancer Institute to participate in a seven-year, multi-institution study designed to test the effectiveness of the drug finasteride in preventing prostate cancer. For information, call Dawn McDonald at 845-8904 or (800) 685-6825, Ext. 8904.

"Get a Life," a program to introduce adults to aspects of wellness, will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Orchard Park High School. For information, call Patti Rucker at 662-9415 or Sharon McCann at 662-0647.

Foot care and exercise will be discussed at a diabetes education program Thursday at 7 p.m. in Our Lady of Victory Hospital. To register, call 825-8000, Ext. 231.

"Your Prescriptions and You," a Mount St. Mary's Hospital program for seniors, will be presented Thursday at 1 p.m. in Wrobel Towers Community Room, 800 Niagara Ave., Niagara Falls. For information, call Frank Badalato at 285-6961.

A women's symposium exploring the relationship between body, mind and spirit will be held Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Sheraton Inn, 2040 Walden Ave. For information, call Kenmore Mercy Hospital's WomanCare at 877-8888.

"The Courage to Heal," a program by Joan Borysenko, president of Mind/Body Health Sciences Inc., will be presented Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Hospice Mitchell Campus, Cheektowaga. This is the first in a four-part lecture series offered by the Hospice Association of Western New York. To register, call 836-6460.

A natural family planning program introductory session will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in Sisters Hospital. For information, call Kathleen Flesher at 862-2502.

Taoist Tai Chi Society will demonstrate the ancient Chinese exercise for health and relaxation at an open house Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Buffalo branch office, 1021 Kenmore Ave. For information, call 876-7218.

"Scale Down," a 12-weight weight loss program, starts April 10 in Tri-County Memorial Hospital, Gowanda. Saturday is the registration deadline; call 532-3377, Ext. 2378 or Ext. 2118.

"Look Good . . . Feel Better," a free program on cosmetics, hair styling and fashion accessories for women undergoing cancer treatment, will be held Monday in Marion Professional Center, 515 Abbott Road. To register, call 828-2909.

A Muscular Dystrophy Association adult support group for patients with neuromuscular disease and their family members will meet Monday at 7 p.m. in Lackawanna Public Library, 560 Ridge Road, Lackawanna. For information, call Heather Pacella at 626-0035.

Coping With the Loss of a Child, a support group, will meet Monday at 7:15 p.m. in the Jewish Community Center, 2640 North Forest Road, Amherst. For information, call Leonore Rein at 634-5023.

A back care program for those suffering from back pain or wishing to prevent it will be conducted April 5 at 6 p.m. in Sisters Hospital. For information, call 862-2739.

A Stop Smoking Clinic will be conducted April 5, 12 and 19 in Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Session start at 6:30 p.m. A five-session Nicotine Dependence Clinic also is offered. For information, call 845-8046.

A first-aid program for children 3 to 7 years old and their parents will be presented April 5 at 6:30 p.m. in Gymboree Play Center, 1836 Maple Road, Williamsville. The authors of "Kids First: A Kid's Guide to First Aid" will discuss first-aid techniques and the Heimlich maneuver. For reservations, call 636-4155.

A breast cancer support group of Roswell Park Cancer Institute will meet April 5 at 2 p.m. in Hope Lodge, 197 Summer St. For information, call Barbara Amato at 845-8022.

A Red Cross baby-sitting course for young people 11 years and older will be conducted April 5 and April 8 in Gloria J. Parks Community Center, 3242 Main St. To register, call 832-1010.

A prostate cancer support group of Roswell Park Cancer Institute will meet April 5 at 7 p.m. in Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst. For information, call Donna Culp at 845-3159.

Free glaucoma and vision evaluations are offered by appointment at Medical Eye Center, 40 N. Union Road, Williamsville. For information, call 634-4441.

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