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Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara will hold a free picnic for Niagara County children 2 to 16 years old who are mentally retarded or intellectually, physically or functionally limited. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 29 in Oppenheim Park, 2697 Niagara Falls Blvd., Wheatfield. For information or to make reservations, call 731-5133, Ext. 232.

The Developmental Disabilities Alliance of Western New York's service coordinator and residential subcommittees will hold a joint conference on autism at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the People Inc. office at 4184 Seneca St., West Seneca. Call 677-4131.

Western New York Developmental Disabilities Services Offices provide people with disabilities and their families information to help determine the services they need and how to obtain them. Call 1-800-292-5735, Ext. 2151.

The New Voice Club of the Niagara Frontier, a self-help organization sponsored by the American Cancer Society, is designed for people who have had a laryngectomy as a result of head and neck disorders linked to cancer. Call 743-6724.

Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled, located at 452 Delaware Ave., 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. Call 883-8888, ext. 143.

The agency also offers:

Community settings for individuals with developmental disabilities. Housing, habilitation, employment, budgeting, parenting and senior citizens programs facilitate independent living, while case management coordinates services, and the Community Outreach and Crisis Hotline provides information and referrals. Call 883-8888.

Project Shelter and Assistance in Family Emergencies, providing a confidential shelter that offers survivors of domestic violence safety, support, counseling, advocacy and social work services in a time of crisis. Call 877-1111, Ext. 25.

Dual diagnosis programs, including assertive community treatment for developmentally disabled people who also have behavioral problems or mental illness. Call 883-8888, Ext. 183.

A day habilitation program providing individualized day services for people who have been unsuccessful in other day programs because of behavior problems or dual-diagnosis symptoms. Call 883-8888, Ext. 183.

Goodwill Industries of Western New York is a vocational agency whose programs and services assist individuals with special needs to attain vocational training and employment. Services offered include career counseling guidance, job placement, work adjustment training, welfare-to-work preparation and vocational evaluation. Call Jodie Marcinkowski, 854-3494.

The Learning and Computer Center in downtown 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 should call 874-7200, Ext. 132.

Tender Loving Care, a division of Staff Builders Health Care Agency, offers early intervention services for developmentally disabled children up to age 3.

The program provides evaluations and therapy in homes and day care centers throughout Erie County. Call 886-7867, Ext. 2507.

Parents Anonymous of Buffalo and Erie County offers help for children with special needs often associated with neglect and abuse. Support groups for children and for parents, respite care, recreational activities, family crisis management and a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week Parent Advice line are all available for families seeking help. Call 892-2172.

People Inc. assists individuals with traumatic brain injury and their families by providing service coordination, residential programs, transition services, supported employment, waiver services, day programs, rehabilitation, respite, advocacy and health services. Assistance is available for people of any age. Call 634-8132, Ext. 236.

Suburban Adult Services provides the High Hurdles Therapeutic Riding Program for those ages 3 and older with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities. Call 496-5551.

Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders Services of Western New York at 339 Elmwood Ave. offers support and employment services for individuals and families living with seizures. It provides help with skills assessment, job matching, resume writing, strengthening interviewing and job-survival skills and job coaching, counseling for children and adults with epilepsy, and family support services. Call 883-5396.

Goodwill Industries of Western New York helps people with special needs obtain vocational training and employment.

Services include career counseling guidance, job placement, work-adjustment training, welfare-to-work preparation and vocational evaluation. Call 854-3494.

The Southeast Community Work Center at 181 Lincoln St., Depew, offers a variety of services for developmentally disabled adults throughout Erie County. Call 683-7100.

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

The Heritage Centers Education Program at 1 Delaware Road, Kenmore, serves developmentally disabled people up to 21 years old and their families. Evaluations, education, therapeutic services and parent support are available. For information, call 876-3901.

The Niagara Frontier Spina Bifida Association of Western New York offers moral support, understanding, sharing of experiences and help to parents or other individuals. Call 446-5595.

The Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic on the South Campus of the University at Buffalo provides evaluations and treatment for speech, language or hearing difficulties. Appointments are required. Call 829-3980.

Parent to Parent, at 1200 East and West Road, West Seneca, offers parents of disabled children one-to-one support through trained volunteers who have children with the same or similar disability.

Call 517-3448 or (800) 305-8813; e-mail; or visit the Web site:
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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