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EVENT SET FOR DISABLED YOUNGSTERS

Like all youngsters and teens, they just want to get out and have some fun.

The village's Recreation Department, therefore, is sponsoring Teen Afternoon for young people 11 to 16 years old with developmental disabilities.

Marianne L. Gittermann, village recreation director, said a need arose for such an event.

The free event, open to all such young people, regardless of where they live, will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Lewiston Red Brick School, North Fourth and Onondaga streets.

Entertainment will include dancing, arts and crafts, basketball and games, as well as refreshments, Gittermann said.

The staff of Opportunities Unlimited and Lewiston Recreation will supervise the event, Gittermann said.

She asked for parents to call her at 754-1900 if their children would like to attend.

"We've been doing this for a couple of years," Gittermann said, citing a growing demand for the gatherings.

The program has grown somewhat, attracting participants not only from Lewiston but also Orchard Park, Amherst and even as far away as West Seneca.

A parent of a developmentally disabled child requested such an event, Gittermann said. Staff from Rivershore started it. Now Opportunities Unlimited staffs the party.

"It's basically a social function because there is no therapy, there is no instruction," she said. "It's just that the kids can come."

Jill Spira, vice president of foundation and communications for Opportunities Unlimited, said young people with disabilities need recreational opportunities and the chance to socialize with others.

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