Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, the largest not-for-profit agency providing programs and services to individuals with developmental disabilities in Niagara County, has established a speakers bureau. Agency employees are available to speak on a wide range of topics related to developmental disabilities. A videotapes also are available for loan or to accompany a speaker's presentation. To receive a bureau directory listing topics and presenters or to reserve a speaker, call the community relations department at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara at 297-6400.
Heritage Center at 101 Oak St. offers a wide variety of services for developmentally disabled individuals of all ages and their families. Programs include legal and advocacy services, with full-time staff attorneys available for consultation and representation on a variety of issues, including Social Security Disability benefits, Supplemental Security Income benefits and guardianships. For information, call 856-4201, extension 202.
The Erie County Community Alternative Systems Agency is holding a support group meeting for caregivers from 11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m Monday, in St. Joseph House, 76 Church St. and a caregiver workshop to provide training and support for family caregivers with speaker Jennifer Natalzia, holistic health consultant, from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Glennwood Village, 5271 Main St., Amherst. For information, call 858-2310.
Headway for Brain Injured, a support group for survivors of traumatic brain injury, will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday in the organization's office at 856 Ridge Road. For information, call 822-2261.
A representative of Placement Resources for Individuals Seeking Employment is available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Babcock Community Center, 1168 Seneca St., Buffalo, to assist disabled individuals seeking employment. For information, call 833-3231, extension 229.
Deaf Adult Services at 665 Hertel Ave. is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday to assist deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. Walk-in clients will get assistance or be referred to appropriate agencies, according to on their needs. For information call 874-6011 (voice) or 874-6390 (tty).
The United Cerebral Palsy Association of Western New York offers early intervention programs for children diagnosed with disabilities. For more information on the infant-toddler development program or the preschool programs, call the organization's Children Center, at 633-4449. For information on the Children's Discovery Corner child care and learning center, call 633-4443. Both are located at 4635 Union Road, Cheektowaga.
People Inc.'s Seniors Unlimited Program, 310 Delaware Ave., offers day care from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for adults with severe memory loss. The staff specializes in care of people with Alzheimer's, disease, Parkinson's disease, stroke or related disorders. For information, call 853-4511, extension 124.
Goodwill Industries of Western New York assists individuals with special needs to obtain vocational training and employment. Services include career counseling guidance, job placement, work adjustment training, welfare-to-work preparation and vocational evaluation. For more information, call Michael J. Polk at 854-3494.
The Early Childhood Direction Center provides information and referral to parents and professionals on developmentally disabled children to age 5 in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara and Orleans counties. In Erie County, call 878-7282; all other counties, call toll-free 1-800-462-7653.