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Events for people with disabilities

Autistic Services is hosting its seventh annual Artswork 2009 fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 9 at Asbury Hall at The Church, 341 Delaware Ave. at Tupper. An evening of catered food and drinks, unique auction items and artwork. Proceeds to benefit programs and services provided to people with autism and their families throughout Western New York. Tickets are $60. Monday is the deadline for auction items. Contact the main office at 631-5777, Ext. 304 or 303; or visit: www.autisticservices.org

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness 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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The NFTA Advisory Committee on the Disabled will meet from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Niagara Falls Independent Living Center, 746 Portage Road, Niagara Falls. 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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Agape Parents Fellowship, 3280 South Park Ave., Lackawanna, provides service coordination, education advocacy and other supports for families with disabling conditions. For information about services for regularly scheduled parent support group and Bible study meetings, call 827-5407.

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Baker Victory Services, 780 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, provides a wide range of specialized residential, outpatient and educational services to children and youths with a variety of needs, including developmental disabilities and/or behavioral or psychiatric difficulties. For information, call 828-9500.

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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 Western New York. 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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Native American Community Services, 1005 Grant St., provides assistance to developmentally disabled individuals and their families in both Erie and Niagara counties through the Medicaid Services Coordination Program. Services can be provided to off-reservation Native Americans as well as other Western New York community members. For information, call 874-4460.

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Gateway Longview, 6350 Main St., Williamsville, a multiservice agency serving children and families, offers special education and intensive support services for children ages 3 to 21 with severe emotional, behavior and learning problems. For information, call 633-7266.

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The Claddagh Commission, 7200 Lake Shore Road, Derby, offers a variety of services for people with developmental disabilities including residential settings and/or day habilitation services; at-home services that help individuals meet their needs within their own homes; supportive work opportunities within the community, including the New Angola Theater; service coordination to help individuals secure and monitor services. For information, call 947-5857.

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The Niagara Hearing Clinic offers audiology services and hearing aid dispensing for individuals with disabilities in two locations: Shaw Building, 5467 Upper Mountain Road, Lockport (call 439-7461), or Trott Access Center, 1001 11th St., Niagara Falls (call 278-8190). Services are by appointment only by calling either location.

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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