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Events for the disabled

Suburban Adult Services offers a year-round recreation program for those with developmental disabilities. Activities include concerts, hiking, craft classes, theater and sporting events. Hourly respite programs also are available. For information, call Wendy Sherwood at 805-1555.

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Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled is accepting registration for its spring semester classes to be held May 7 through June 30 in North Buffalo Community Center, 203 Sanders Road. Free classes offered are "You and the Law," "Real Life Math," "Building Your Future," "Real Life Reading," "In the Driver's Seat" and "Job Search." For information on dates and times or a registration form, call Shanta Smith at 883-8888, Ext. 195.

Also, Community Services will hold its annual game show fundraiser, "Trivia in Tinseltown," Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. in Lucarelli's Banquet Center, 1830 Abbott Road, Lackawanna. Teams will compete in playoff fashion, featuring quiz master Dennis George. The winning team will receive $250. Tickets are $30, which includes a buffet dinner. For information, call 883-8888, Ext. 153.

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The Cantalician Center will hold a free workshop on shaken baby syndrome Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the center, 1360 Eggert Road, Amherst. To register, call 888-3875 or 898-3756.

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The Western New York Independent Living Project and the University at Buffalo will conduct a focus group for individuals with disabilities ages 45 to 80 who use plastic food-storage containers. Eligible participants will be paid $75 for the three-hour discussion group. Three sessions will be held, May 17 and 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. and May 18 from noon to 3 p.m. in the agency's office, 3108 Main St. Registration deadline is May 7. For information or to register, call 836-0822, Ext. 112.

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The Early Childhood Direction Center provides information and referrals to parents and professionals on the needs of developmentally disabled children to age 5. The center also offers technical assistance to child care centers that care for young children with special needs. It serves Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara and Orleans counties. In Erie County, call 880-3875; all other counties, call toll-free (800) 462-7653.

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Guild Care, 1170 Main St., is an adult day health program for adults 18 and older with medical and vision needs to maintain independence. Its services include nursing supervision and medication assistance and teaching; personal care; dietary consultation; physical, occupational and speech therapy; assisted transportation; vision rehabilitation, social work; activities and outings, with snack and hot lunch daily. Medicaid or private pay is accepted; new referrals welcome. For information, call 885-8041. Or contact the Niagara Falls location at 4520 Military Road, 285-3499.

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The Community Employment Office, 4 Walden Galleria, Cheektowaga, is an alliance of public and voluntary agencies, with Aspire of Western New York serving as lead agency, working together to promote integrated employment opportunities for people with disabilities. For information, call 684-3986.

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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