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Events for people with disabilities

Headway of Western New York Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Amherst. For more information, call Lynda at 896-0771 or 480-7424 or visit: peaceinpain.com.

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Chautauqua Region Multiple Sclerosis Society is offering scholarship applications for the 2010-11 college year. Scholarships are awarded each year to candidates who have multiple sclerosis or are the immediate family member of an individual with multiple sclerosis. Candidates must be residents of the Western New York region that is served by the Chautauqua Region MS Society. Deadline is July 1. For more information, call the WCA Hospital Physical Therapy Department at 664-8278.

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Duffield Camp and Retreat Center is now accepting applications for individuals with developmental disabilities to attend a weeklong residential program July 11-17. The structured program includes nature watching, fishing, crafts, bingo, swimming, a talent show and more. For more information or to register, call 683-0523 or visit: www.campduffield.org

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Western New York Independent Living Inc. is hosting its third annual ADA Consumer Picnic with food, fun and live entertainment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 26 at Sheridan Park (Shelter No. 2), Sheridan Drive and Grand Island Boulevard, Town of Tonawanda. The picnic commemorates the Americans with Disabilities Act, a law passed on July 26, 1990, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability. Transportation is available. Call Madeline Gill at 836-0822, Ext. 186 or e-mail: mgil@wnyil.org; Brenda Starks at 836-0822, Ext. 181 or e-mail: bstarks@wnyil.org. RSVP before July 1.

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Northeast Family YMCA located at 4433 Main St., Amherst, is offering Tai Chi for the physically challenged from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Wednesday and running through Sept. 1. For more information or to register, call 839-2543.

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Independent Living of Niagara County is offering American Sign Language classes on Wednesdays, from July 14 through Aug. 18 in its offices at 746 Portage Road, Niagara Falls. Classes for children ages 8 and up will be held from 10 to 11 a.m.; class fee is $10; book fee is $5. Beginner classes will be held from 5 to 6 p.m.; class fee is $15; book fee is $12. For more information or to register, call Jeanette Grimaldi at (716) 402-5508 or e-mail: jgrimaldi@wnyil.org.

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Western New York Independent Living Inc. offers the Release Anguish and Paralysis Support Group from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday in Mental Health PEER Connection, 3108 Main St. The group helps individuals learn coping skills to deal with grief and loss in their lives. For information, call 836-0822, Ext. 177.

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Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara's STEPS (School Transition and Employment Program for Success) program provides a partnership with students, parents, teachers and school districts to assist special-education students with the transition from school to the world of work and community. Assistance is provided to students through rehabilitation counseling, transition exposures, shadowing program, tours of supported employment sites and functional on-site assessment. For information, call 297-6400, Ext. 259, or visit www.opportunitiesunlimited.org.

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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.

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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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The Southeast Works offers recreational and employment opportunities and other services for adults with developmental disabilities in the Western New York region in its facility at 181 Lincoln St., Depew. For more information, call 683-7100 or visit: www.se-works.org.

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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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