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EVENTS FOR THE DISABLED

The Buffalo Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in Plaka Restaurant, 2904 Delaware Ave., Kenmore. For information, call 839-3902.

The Community Employment Office promotes integrated employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Those seeking to enter the job market are asked to call 684-3986.

Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled now offers the Individual Service Environment program for individuals who want to live on their own but need more support than can be provided during a once- or twice-a-week in-home visit or by a habilitation instructor. For information, call Sandra Nedimyer at 883-8888, Ext. 143.

The Learning and Computer Center in Buffalo serves people with special learning needs, providing adult education courses in basic skills and preparation for a general equivalency diploma. Those interested in improving reading, writing, arithmetic and computer skills or preparing for the high school equivalency exam are asked to call 874-7200, Ext. 132.

Tender Loving Care, a division of the Staff Builders Health Care Agency, offers early intervention services for infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities. For information, call 886-7867, Ext. 2507.

The Early Childhood Direction Center makes referrals and provides information to parents and professionals on the needs of developmentally disabled children up to 5 years old. It serves Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara and Orleans counties. In Erie County, call 878-7282; in all other counties, call toll-free (800) 462-7653.

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 agency People Inc. provides:

The family care program, a residential alternative allowing individuals with developmental disabilities to benefit from a family environment. For information, call 634-8132.

The weekend respite program, from 6 p.m to midnight Friday and Saturday. For information, call 634-4843.

A placement program that provides vocational counseling, employment skill preparation and training for people with disabilities that have made entering the competitive work world difficult. For information, call 694-6624, Ext. 239.

Agape Parents Fellowship at 3280 South Park Ave., Lackawanna, coordinates services, assists with education matters and provides other support for families that include people with disabling conditions.

The Buffalo Hearing and Speech Center, 50 E. North St., diagnoses and treats children and adults with communication disorders. The center has offices in Buffalo, Amherst and Silver Creek. For information, call 885-8318.

The Niagara Frontier Spina Bifida Association of Western New York offers moral support, understanding, sharing of experiences and help to parents or other individuals. For information, call 446-5595 or write to the association at P.O. Box 50, Williamsville, N.Y. 14221.

The Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic on the North Campus of the University at Buffalo diagnoses and evaluates speech, language or hearing difficulties and provides therapy. Appointments are required. Call 829-3980.

The Advocacy Center in Rochester serves as an advocate for developmentally disabled Genesee County residents and their families. For information, call Ann Scherff at 768-9690 or write to P.O. Box 277, Le Roy, N.Y. 14482.

Autistic Services, based at 200 Bryant & Stratton Way, Clarence, operates a full-year school, adult services, vocational training, recreation, respite and family support programs. For information, call 631-5777 or (888) AUTISM4.

Heritage Centers has opened a satellite office at 314 W. Ferry St. to serve Hispanic people with developmental disabilities and their families. For information, call 856-4202, Ext. 202.

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., to assist disabled individuals seeking employment. For information, call 833-3231, Ext. 229.

Deaf Adult Services, located at 665 Hertel Ave., is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday to help deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. Walk-in clients will get assistance or be referred to appropriate agencies, depending on their needs. For information, call 874-6011 (voice) or 874-6390 (TTY).

Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders Services of Western New York, located at 339 Elmwood Ave., offers support and employment services for individuals and families living with seizures. For information, call 883-5396.

Project Seek and Serve the Handicapped operates a preschool program for children through 5 years old with significant delays or needs in one or more areas of development. Its center- and home-based programs include speech, language, occupational and physical therapy; hearing and vision programs; counseling; and development play for children with a variety of physical, medical, learning or behavioral needs. For information, call 695-0061.

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, with special provisions for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Services include counseling; family, group and play therapy; psychological testing and evaluation; and behavior modification. Call 626-9603 (voice/TTY) for an appointment.
Items for "Events for the Disabled" should be submitted by fax, 856-5150, or by mail to Dominic Catalano, The Buffalo News, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, N.Y. 14240. Or call 849-4489.

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