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EVENTS FOR THE DISABLED

The Western New York Independent Living Center will present its Benefits Advisement Workshop for the Disabled, a monthly session on financial benefits, transportation, housing and other related topics, from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the center, 3108 Main St., near the LaSalle Metro Rail station. For information, call 836-0822, Ext. 109.

The Buffalo Branch of the International Dyslexia Association will hold an annual conference for teachers, other professionals and parents from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Snyder. For information, call 687-2030 or visit the Web site www.interdys.org.

Headway for Brain Injured, 856 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, offers educational and support services for individuals with traumatic brain injury and their families. For information on times and dates, call 822-2261.

Through its individual support worker program, Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled offers ongoing classes for individuals with a developmental disability. Classes currently meet at Community Services, 452 Delaware Ave. For information on classes, dates and times, call 883-8888, Ext. 128.

Bornhava Specialized Preschool, 25 Chateau Terrace, Snyder, offers early intervention and preschool evaluations and therapeutic services for special-needs children through 5 years old. Services are provided at the center, at the home or elsewhere in the community and include speech, physical and occupational therapy, educational services, family support and before- and after-school respite. For information, call 839-1655.

Central Referral Services has completed DD Info Link, a searchable directory of programs, available online, for people with developmental disabilities and their families. The free directory is available at www.ddinfolink.org. For information, call 851-5420.

Western New York Developmental Disabilities Services offices provide people with disabilities and their families information to help determine needed services and how they should be provided.

The agency primarily acts as an advisory group on planning, setting priorities and making funding decisions focusing on supporting families. For information, call (800) 292-5735, Ext. 2151.

The New Voice Club of the Niagara Frontier, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, is a self-help organization for people who have had a laryngectomy because of cancer. For information, call 743-6724.

Through programs in Erieand Niagara counties, Horizon Health Services assists individuals with mental illness, chemical dependency, and/or developmental disabilities. For information, call 831-1800 or visit the Web site www.horizon-health.org.

The Community Employment Office, an alliance of public and voluntary agencies led by United Cerebral Palsy of Western New York, promotes integrated employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Disabled people seeking to enter the job market may call 684-3986.

ACE Employment Services at 66 Englewood Ave. offers supported employment services for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. Services include exploration of job interest, resume writing and interview preparation, job development and placement assistance. For information, call 832-2141.

The Learning and Computer Center in downtown Buffalo provides people with special learning needs adult education courses in basic skills and preparation for general equivalency diplomas.

Those wanting to improve reading, writing, arithmetic and computer skills, or to prepare for the high school equivalency exam, may call 874-7200, Ext. 132. Messages are taken 24 hours a day, and calls will be returned.

Tender Loving Care, a division of Staff Builders Health Care Agency, offers early intervention services for infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities.

The program evaluates and provides therapy in homes and day care centers throughout Erie County for children up to 3 years old. For information, call 886-7867, Ext. 2507.

Guild Care, an adult day health program, helps people 18 or older maintain independence despite medical or vision problems.

Located at 1170 Main St., it provides nursing supervision and medication assistance and teaching; personal care; dietary consultation; physical, occupational and speech therapy; assisted transportation; vision rehabilitation; social work; and activities and outings, with snack and hot lunch daily.

Medicaid or private pay is accepted. New referrals are welcome. For information, call 885-8041.

Parents Anonymous of Buffalo and Erie County offers help for children with special needs often associated with neglect and abuse. Services include support groups for children and parents, respite care, recreational activities, family crisis management and a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week parent advice line. Call 892-2172.

People Inc. offers the following respite services for families who may need a break from caring for a member with a developmental disability:

Extended family respite enables families to receive short-term respite from friends, relatives, neighbors or baby sitters. People Inc. reimburses these respite providers.

Late-afternoon respite provides quality after-school or late-afternoon care from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Trained staff members offer a variety of recreation activities for developmentally disabled individuals 12 years old or older.

Respite House, located in Amherst, offers planned or emergency on-site care, by the hour or overnight, for developmentally disabled people more than 12 years old. It is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Respite Opportunities, held from 6 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays, allows participants to take part in such activities as music, dancing, cooking and movies. The program is offered at People Inc. sites in Orchard Park and the Town of Tonawanda. It is open to developmentally disabled people 15 or older.

For information, call 882-6791.

A program offered by Epilepsy and Seizure Disorder Services of Western New York uses behavior modification and stress management techniques to reduce seizure frequency and duration in people 12 to 65 years old who are disabled with epilepsy.

For information or to request services, call 883-5396.

The United Cerebral Palsy Association of Western New York provides computer training and assistive technology assessment services for people of all abilities.

Services are provided at 9812 Lockport Road, Town of Niagara, and Technology Today, 2495 Main St.

For information, call 836-7232 (Buffalo) or 298-1599 (Town of Niagara).
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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