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EVENTS FOR THE DISABLED

People Home Health Care Services is Western New York's only licensed and certified home health-care agency specializing in meeting the needs of individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities and their families who reside in Erie and Niagara counties.

Services include intermittent skilled nursing, private-duty nursing, home-health aide and personal-care aide services, physical, occupational and speech therapy, nutrition and medical social work. For information, call 874-5600.

The Family Center of Western New York, affiliated with the Foundation for Deaf Education, St. Mary's School for the Deaf and United Cerebral Palsy of Western New York, offers mental-health services to deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing-impaired children, teens and adults.

Services include counseling, family therapy, play therapy, psychological testing and evaluation, group therapy, and behavior modification. Call 626-9603 (V/TTY) for an appointment.

Cantalician Center for Learning provides services for children with developmental disabilities. Programs include early intervention and preschool evaluations, therapy and educational services in the home or in the early childhood center at 1360 Eggert Road, Amherst. For information, call 835-0417.

Lake Shore Behavioral Health provides mental-health and chemical-dependency services to individuals in Erie County. Programs are located in Buffalo, Lackawanna and southern Erie County. Call 884-0888 for information.

All services are available in English and Spanish.

"An Evening of Ideas," presented by Anthony Persico and the gifted programming team, sponsored by SEPTSA, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the cafeteria of Maple West School, Amherst. For information, call 635-0527 or 639-4016.

Placement Resources for Individuals Seeking Employment (PRIDE) has a representative available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday in Babcock Community Center, 1168 Seneca St., for disabled individuals seeking employment. For information, call 833-3231, extension 229.

Gateway-Longview, a multiservice agency serving children and families, offers special education and intensive support services for children ages 3-21 with severe emotional, behavior and learning problems. For information, call 633-7266.

Deaf Adult Services, 665 Hertel Ave., is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals in need of assistance. Walk-in clients will be assisted or referred to appropriate agencies based on their needs. For information, call 874-6011 or 874-6390 (tty).

The Developmental Disabilities Clinic, in cooperation with Language Development Program and the department of psychology and psychiatry at the University at Buffalo, offers evaluations for individuals ages 2 to 21 who may have autism spectrum disorders.

For information or to make an appointment, call 645-3697.

Autistic Services serves autistic individuals and their families. Call 873-6997.

Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled offers help in applying for Social Security or other financial benefits, budgeting instruction and assistance and help with paying bills. For information, call 883-8888.

The Buffalo Hearing and Speech Center, 50 E. North St., offers a Laryngectomee Support Group from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at 50 N. North St. For information, call 885-8318.

Agape Parents Fellowship, 3280 South Park Ave., Lackawanna, provides service coordination, education advocacy and other supports for families with disabling conditions.

For more information about services for regularly scheduled parent support group and Bible study meetings, call 827-5407.

The Early Childhood Direction Center provides information and referral to parents and professionals on the needs of developmentally disabled children to age 5.

In Erie County, call 878-7282; all other counties, call toll-free 1-800-462-7653.

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