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Events for people with disabilities

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill offers a family support group meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Amherst. For information, call 832-4035.

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UB Center for Hearing and Deafness will sponsor a Tinnitus Support Group meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in 144 Farber Hall on the South Campus. Tinnitus is a disorder that causes people to hear a ringing or high pitched noise in their ears. For information, call 829-3980.

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Merrill Lynch and EP-LiveOnline present an "Interactive Live Online Seminar on Special Needs Planning" from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at www.epliveonline.org. For information or to register, visit that Web site.

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Parent Network of Western New York is offering free special-education workshops from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and March 19 in Buffalo School 33, Bilingual Center, 157 Elk St. It will be presented in Spanish.

Also from 4:15 to 6:15 p.m. Thursday and March 5 in Holy Cross Center, 150 Maryland St. To register or for more information, call 332-4170 or (866) 277-4762.

Parent Network and EPIC offer a free Parenting Today workshop, "An Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders," from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday in the Wilson National Center for Parenting and Character Education, 1,000 Main St. For information call, 332-4170 or visit www.parentnetworkwny.org or www.epicforchildren.org.

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The NFTA Advisory Committee on the Disabled will meet from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday in 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.

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The Erie County Department of Senior Services will hold a six-week "Powerful Tools for Caregivers" program from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays beginning March 2 through April 6 in ElderWood Village at Glenwood, 5271 Main St., Williamsville. The program also will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, March 3 to April 7, in ElderWood at Rosewood, 76 Buffalo St., Hamburg.

Caregivers will learn how to reduce stress, improve self-confidence, locate helpful resources and balance their lives while taking care of a physically or mentally impaired relative or friend.

Cost is $25, but there is no charge for members of BlueCross BlueShield or Independent Health. Registration is required by calling 858-2177 or e-mail caregiver@erie.gov.

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Niagara Cerebral Palsy offers health clinics and services for individuals with disabilities, which include dental, podiatry and audiology. Services are by appointment only. For location information or to make an appointment, call 297-1478, Ext. 154.

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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 People with Disabilities, The Buffalo News, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, NY 14240.

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