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Events for people with disabilities

Independent Living of Niagara County is offering an eight-week session of American Sign Language classes, instructed by deaf services coordinator, Jeanette Grimaldi, from 6 to 7 p.m. beginning Jan. 12, running through March 2 in its offices at 746 Portage Road, Niagara Falls. Class fee is $20; book fee is $12. For more information or to register, call Jeanette at (716) 402-5508 or e-mail: jgrimaldi@wnyil.org

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

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Community Services for Developmentally Disabled offers Supported Employment Program to assist in finding a job that is a right match for your skills. A trained staff member accompanies you to job interviews, helps you fill out applications and serves as your personal advocate. Once hired, a job coach provides direct support by on-the-job training until a satisfactory work level is achieved and maintained. The program links local business needs with qualified and dependable workers. For more information, call 896-2180.

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Native American Independent Living Services will hold a Talking Circle community discussion group at 6 p.m. Sunday in Seneca Territory, Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, 11298 Route 20, Irving. For information, call 836-0822, Ext. 127 or 836-4622.

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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. 359, or visit www.opportunitiesunlimited.org.

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Western New York Center for the Visually Impaired, 3070 Transit Road, West Seneca, provides low vision rehabilitation services to adults and children with visual impairments. Rehabilitative services are provided in home and in office with low vision devices and adaptive equipment to assist with independence. Office locations are 746 Portage Road, Niagara Falls; 18 Jefferson St., Wellsville; and 400 N. Main St., Warsaw. For information, call 668-1166.

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Gateway Longview, 6350 Main St., Amherst, 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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Preschool Learning Center of the League for the Handicapped, 393 North St., Springville, serves a 35-mile radius with educational, therapeutic and evaluation services for children, birth through age 8, with special needs. Outreach to families and parent support groups are ongoing. For information, call 592-9331.

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Cantalician Center Community Services, 665 Hertel Ave., provides employment, vocational training, evaluations, social programming and Medicaid service coordination for individuals with developmental disabilities. For information, call 874-0913.

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Developmental Disabilities Alliance of Western New York, 1179 Kenmore Ave., Kenmore, is a collaborative group of member voluntary agencies that provides services to people with developmental disabilities. For information, call 877-7007 or visit www.ddawny.org.

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ACE Employment Services, 66 Englewood Ave., offers supported employment services to individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. Services include exploration of job interest, resume writing and interview preparation, job development and placement assistance. For information, call 832-2141.

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Horizon Health Services, 3020 Bailey Ave., offers programs in Erie and Niagara counties to assist individuals with mental illness, chemical dependency and/or developmental disabilities. For information, call 831-1800 or visit www.horizon-health.org.

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Center for Children and Families at the University at Buffalo offers free programs, assessments and clinical services for children, ages 6 to 12, with behavior and learning problems. For information, call 829-2244, Ext. 5.

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Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic on the South Campus of the University at Buffalo provides evaluations and treatment for speech, language or hearing difficulties. Appointments are required. For information, call 829-3980.

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.