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Events for the disabled

Native American Independent Living Services (NAILS) is run by Native Americans with disabilities and provides independent living services to all Native Americans with disabilities both on and off the reservations in Western New York. For information, call 284-4131 or (888) 567-6454.

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The NFTA Advisory Committee on the Disabled will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Heritage Centers, 101 Oak St. It is open to those interested in learning about the NFTA's accessible services and programs for people with disabilities. For information, call 855-7286 or 855-7650 (TDD).

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The Client Assistance Program is a free service for individuals with disabilities that provides information on vocational rehabilitation rights. Tuition assistance for students through VESID is also available. For information, call (800) 624-4143.

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The Individual Services Environment program at Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled provides support to individuals with developmental disabilities who live on their own. Assistance with meal preparation, housekeeping and budgeting is available. Senior services are also available. For information, call 896-2180.

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Programs offered to disabled individuals by Suburban Adult Services include respite, recreational and overnight respite programs, dancing, bowling, ceramics, sporting events, plays and concerts. For information, call 496-5460 or e-mail: ahediger@sasinc.org.

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The Early Childhood Direction Center provides information and referrals to parents and professionals concerning the needs of developmentally disabled children to age 5. It serves Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara and Orleans counties. In Erie County, call 888-1450; all other counties, call toll-free (800) 462-7653.

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Summit Educational Resources, 150 Stahl Road, Getzville, provides evaluations, school and home-based education and therapeutic services to developmentally disabled children from infancy to 21, as well as their families. Educational, psychological, speech and hearing, physical and occupational therapy evaluations are available in all languages to assess eligibility for special-education services, special home- and school-based instruction or to determine diagnostic conditions. A specialized diagnostic unit is also available to children suspected to have autism. For information about Summit programs and services, call 629-3400.

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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. For information, call 829-3980.

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Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders Services of Western New York, 339 Elmwood Ave., offers support and employment services to individuals and families living with seizures. For those who need employment, the agency provides assistance in skill assessment, job matching, writing a resume, strengthening interviewing and job survival skills and job coaching. The agency also provides counseling to children and adults with epilepsy, as well as family support services. For information, call 883-5396.

Items of timely events may be submitted by fax, 856-5150 or by mail to City Desk, Events for the Disabled, The Buffalo News, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, NY 14240.

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