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Events for the disabled

The National Alliance on Mental Illness in Buffalo and Erie County, an education and support organization for families of the mentally ill, will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Amherst. For information, call 832-4035.

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Autistic Services will present Arts Work with a cocktail reception and auction from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in Babeville, corner of Delaware and Tupper. The proceeds will benefit the arts programs offered at Autistic Services. For information or reservations, call 631-5777, Ext. 304.

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Erie County Department of Senior Services will hold a public hearing at 1 p.m. Friday in Schiller Park Senior Center, 2057 Genesee St. A 2008 draft version of the service delivery plan will be available. For information, call 858-8544.

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Western New York Independent Living will host a keynote speaker and free Thanksgiving feast Nov. 15 in Mental Health Peer Connection, 3108 Main St. Reservation deadline is Friday and may be made by calling Shannon at 836-0822, Ext. 170.

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Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse is sponsoring a holiday floral sale with a variety of arrangements including poinsettias and wreaths. Prices range from $9.50 to $30. All orders must be received by Nov. 19. To order, call 504-2617, Ext. 244 or visit the Greenhouse at 2510 Niagara Falls Blvd., Wheatfield, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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The Help You Group is a free service for those interested in feeling more confident about their personal appearance and their job skills. It is held Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Marvin Palanker Conference Room at WNY Independent Living, 3108 Main St., near Hertel Avenue. For information, call 836-0822, Ext. 157 or 836-0822, Ext. 167.

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The Disability Unit of Neighborhood Legal Services, Ellicott Square, provides free legal assistance to individuals with disabilities on issues including vocational rehabilitation, Social Security work incentives, inappropriate institutionalization, discrimination based on disability, access to patient records, special education and more. The office in the Ellicott Square is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, call 847-0650.

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Phoenix Frontier, a human services agency, offers day programs for individuals with disabling conditions that impact their ability to work. Persons served range in age from 16 to 65 and disabilities include: mental retardation, developmental disabilities (cerebral palsy, autism, seizures, and neurological impairment), alcoholism, substance abuse, physical disabilities, blindness or visual impairment, traumatic brain injury, mental health and more. Activities include community outings, recreational and social opportunities. For information, call 833-3231, Ext. 226.

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Spina Bifida Association of Western New York provides services to individuals with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus and their families in the Western New York area. Services are designed to assist and teach children with these ailments to increase their independence as well as provide education to their families. For information, call 446-5595.

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Aspire of Western New York offers early intervention programs for children with disabilities. For information on the infant/toddler development program or the preschool programs, call Aspire Center for Learning, 4635 Union Road, Cheektowaga, at 505-5700. Also call that number for information on Children's Discovery Corner child care and learning center.

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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