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EVENTS FOR THE DISABLED

Patrick Oakley Associates, 2982 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, is a vocational services agency offering comprehensive vocational evaluations and career counseling for students developing individualized education plans and transition plans as well as disabled or injured adults seeking entry or re-entry into the work force. For information, call 875-8040.

People Inc. offers respite services for families who may need a break from the demands of caring for a family 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 for those 12 or older.

Respite House is located in Amherst and offers planned or emergency on-site care, by the hour or overnight, for people with developmental disabilities over age 12. It is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Respite Opportunities is held from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Orchard Park and the Town of Tonawanda and offers activities such as music, dancing, cooking and movies for those 12 and older.

For information about People Inc. respite programs, call 882-6791.

The Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers offers programs in Buffalo and Erie County to assist individuals with a mental illness or developmental disability. Call the numbers below for information about the following services or online at www.bfnc.org:

Case management services: Regular visitation, advocacy, service linkages and follow-up for those age 18 and over, from supportive to intensive services based on individual need. Call 885-2393.

Residential services: Licensed group homes, supportive apartments and a support housing program. Services include daily living skills training, medication management, crisis intervention, service linkages and follow-up. Call 852-5065.

"Do Drop In" Social Club, 292 High St.: Night and weekend peer support, meals and activities for those age 18 and older. Call 882-4637 after 4 p.m. or 885-2393 daytime.

Senior Day Training Program, 76 Orange St.: Promotes quality of life for mentally ill or developmentally disabled adults age 50 and older. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Individual service planning, group activities, community outings, transportation, hot lunch daily. Call 856-0363.

Medicaid service coordination: Linkages provided for health, vocational, social and other community services. Home visits, advocacy and follow-up. Open to adults with developmental disabilities ages 18 and older. Financial assistance for families caring for a child with a developmental disability is also offered. Call 885-2393.

Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled, 452 Delaware Ave., offers:

Community settings for individuals with developmental disabilities. Housing, habilitation, employment, budgeting, parenting and senior citizens programs are provided to facilitate independent living. Individualized case management services and a referral hotline (Project COACH) coordinate services and provide information. Call 883-8888.

Project SAFE, a confidential shelter for survivors of domestic violence, offers families the safety and support they need in a time of crisis through a comprehensive program of counseling, advocacy and social work services. Call 877-1111, Ext. 25.

Dual diagnosis programs include assertive community treatment for individuals who have a developmental disability with challenging behaviors and individuals who have developmental and mental illness. Call 883-8888, Ext. 183.

Day habilitation program to provide structured, highly individualized day services for people who have been unsuccessful in other day programs because of challenging behavior or the symptoms of their dual diagnosis. Call 883-8888, Ext. 183.

Lake Shore Behavioral Health provides mental health and chemical dependency services to individuals in Erie County. Programs are located in Buffalo, Lackawanna and southern Erie County. All services are available in English and Spanish. Call 884-0888 for information on the following services:

Mental health clinic and continuing day treatment programs.

Addiction recovery service.

Vocational training and job placement services.

Intensive psychiatric rehabilitation services.

Specialized services, including homeless services, case management, mentally ill and chemically addicted services and peer services.

United Cerebral Palsy of Western New York provides:

Transition services assist students with disabilities.

Assistive technology assessments and training are offered to increase an individual's independent function through computer access.

Service coordination helps develop, implement and maintain a personal network of services, supports and activities needed or desired by consumers.

For information, call 838-0047.

Supported employment helps people with disabilities find jobs in the community. For information, call 836-7235.

Health care services include comprehensive primary care, specialized health services, medical management, women's health and routine preventive care for adults with disabilities. For information, call 505-5630.

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.