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ALS Association Support Group meeting will not be held Monday. For more information about the ALS Association, please contact Carrie Scholz, patient services coordinator for the Upstate New York ALS Association at (866) 499-7257 or e-mail: cscholz@alsaupstateny.org

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Western New York Independent Living, under contract with the New York State Department of Health, is offering assistance in community alternatives to institutional living for nursing home residents throughout the counties of Niagara, Orleans, Chautauqua, Wyoming and Erie. An outreach specialist will meet with you and your family to provide the tools and information needed for transition back into the community. For information, call 836-0822, Ext. 126.

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OAHiiO (The Good Path), part of Western New York Independent Living Inc. Family of Agencies, is providing a MICA Soup and Support Group for Native Americans coping with both chemical addiction and mental illness. Weekly meetings designed to move each participant forward to recovery are held over soup and dialogue. For meeting times and locations, contact Kate St. John at 836-0822, Ext. 118, or (800) 348-8399.

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Western New York Healthcare System in partnership with Headway of Western New York will hold its monthly support meeting for families and caregivers of veterans who have suffered a traumatic brain injury. The meeting will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday in Room 107C, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 3495 Bailey Ave. For information, call VA at 862-7344 or Headway, 629-3636.

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Headway of Western New York will hold support groups Tuesday in its offices at 976 Delaware Ave. The Youth Support Group will meet from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and the Peer Support Group from 6:30 to 8 p.m. For information, call 629-3636 or visit: www.headwayofwny.org

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Western New York Independent Living Inc. offers an anger management support group meeting for re-entry into the community from incarceration, or relationship, behavioral and emotional issues. The group has worked in cooperation with various courts, probation, parole, employers and those voluntarily wanting to work on themselves. Meetings are in Niagara and Erie County. For more information, call 836-0822, Ext. 109.

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Mental Health PEER Connection, part of Western New York Independent Living Inc. offers "Double Trouble in Recovery," a support group for individuals with substance abuse problems and mental illness. The group meets from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Thursday at the Empowerment Academy, 327 Elm St. For more information, call Larry Mattioli at 836-0822, Ext. 135.

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Early Childhood Direction Center provides information and referral to parents and professionals on the needs of developmentally disabled children to age 5. Also, provides 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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Schofield Residence offers an adult day health care program for elderly and disabled individuals. There are morning and afternoon sessions Monday through Friday and a session on Saturdays. The program is located on the third floor of Sheehan Health Network, 425 Michigan Ave. For information, call Candice Duffy at 819-9204, or visit www.schofieldcare.org.

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Programs offered to disabled individuals by Suburban Adult Services include respite, recreational and overnight respite programs, and dancing, bowling, ceramics, sporting events, and plays and concerts. For information, call 496-5551.

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Guild Care, 1170 Main St., is an adult day health program helping 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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People Inc. Home Health Care, 2128 Elmwood Ave., offers services for children birth to age 3 with developmental delays. Services include service coordination, physical and occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, nursing care, nutrition, hearing evaluations, behavioral therapy, parenting skills training, counseling and extended respite. For information, call 874-5600, Ext. 142.

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.