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EVENTS FOR THE DISABLED

Self Help For Hard of Hearing People Inc., (Western New York Chapter) will hold its monthly meeting for inclusion at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at 750 Wehrle Drive, Buffalo. For information, call 875-1093.

Special Education Parent Teacher Student Association (SEPTSA) is the PTA in the Williamsville School District, which represents children with special needs, with giftedness/or with disabilities will hold their monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Mill Middle School Cafeteria For information, call 635-0527 or 639-4016.

National Federation of the Blind Buffalo Chapter will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at Plaka Restaurant, 2904 Delaware Ave., Kenmore. For information, call 839-3802.

International Dyslexia Association provides information for parents, dyslexic individuals and professionals who are seeking help identifying and understanding what dyslexia is as well as referals to tutors, diagnosticians, lawyers and psychologists. For information, call 687-2030 or www.interdys.org.

Parent to Parent at 1200 East & West Road, West Seneca, offers one to one emotional support to parents who have a child with a disability. The support is provided by trained volunteer parents who have a child with the same or similar disability. For information on resources in the area, support groups and specific disabilities or to talk to another parent of volunteer to be a support parent, call 517-3448 or 1-800-305-8813, E-mail lblum98@yahoo.com or website at www.parenttoparentnys.org.

Heritage Centers offers a wide variety of services to developmentally disabled individuals of all ages and their families. For information, call 856-4201, ext. 202.

The TRAID Project (Technology Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities), from the New York State Office of Advocate, has open a satellite office in Angelica, New York and will serve Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties. The TRAID Project provides statewide coordination of assistive technology activities for people with disabilities, fosters development of State and Federal policies, provides information, referral, training's and technical assistance, advocacy on how to access and use assistive technology devices and services. For information, call 446-3980 or by e-mail at: mdaford@aol.com.

Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled offers Project COACH (Community Outreach and Crisis Hotline) for individuals with a developmental disability or their family members. Project COACH offers telephone support to individuals needing information, crisis intervention, counseling or advocacy. For information, call 877-1111.

People Home Health Care Services in Western New York's is the only Licensed and Certified Home Health Care agency specializing in meeting the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities. People with developmental disabilities of all ages and their families who reside in Erie and Niagara counties can benefit from Home Health services. Services include intermittent skilled nursing, private duty nursing, home health aid and personal care aide services, physical occupational and speech therapy, nutrition and medical social work. For information, call 874-5600.

The Early Childhood Direction Center provides information and referral to parents and professionals on the needs of developmentally disabled children to age 5. It serves Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara and Orleans counties. In Erie County, call 878-7282; all other counties, call toll-free 1-800-462-7653.

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.

Epilepsy Association of Western New York, 339 Elmwood Ave., Supportive Employment Services, is offering comprehensive job search assistance: including assessment, resume and cover letter writing, interview skills, job coaching, transportation for interviews and other job search activities. For information, call 883-5936.

Baker Victory Services at 780 Ridge Road, Lackawanna provides a wide range of specialized residential, outpatient and educational services to children and youth with a variety of needs, including developmental disabilities and/or behavioral or psychiatric difficulties. For more information call 828-9500.

Gateway-Longview, a multi-service 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 Inc., 665 Hertel Avenue, 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 (v) or 874-6390 (tty).

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 children, teens and adults. On-staff psychologists are fluent in sign language and have knowledge of deaf culture. Services include counseling, family therapy, play therapy, psychological testing and evaluation, group therapy, and behavior modification. Call 626-9603 (V/TTY) for an appointment.

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

Items for "Events for the Disabled" may 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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