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The Niagara Frontier Radio Reading Service, 1199 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga, is seeking volunteers who love to read to become radio readers for area blind and print-handicapped people. Volunteers record readings of the Buffalo News, magazines, best-selling books and other printed material. For more information, call 821-5555.

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Western New York Independent Living Inc. Family of Agencies reminds the public that reserved parking for people with disabilities is a legal requirement. Park in reserved spaces only if you have a permit or plates for people with disabilities and only when the person who received the permit or plates is actually in the vehicle. For more information on "Be Parking Considerate," call 836-0822.

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Independent Living of Genesee Region, 113 Main St., Suite 101, Batavia, is a multicultural, grass-roots and peer-directed civil rights organization for individuals with disabilities. The fully staffed organization provides the four core services of information and referral, independent living skills, community/systems advocacy and peer counseling. For information, call (585) 815-8501.

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OAHiiO (The Good Path) formerly the Native American Independent Living Services, offers a holistic approach that includes independent living skills, peer support, advocacy, information and referral resources for Native Americans and their families in Erie County and surrounding territories with mental or physical disabilities and/or chemical dependencies. Services assist with the ability to live independently while respecting their cultural diversity. For more information, call Sheldon Sundown at 836-0822, Ext. 129.

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Senior Wheels USA, a nationwide program assisting in power mobility for senior citizens and permanently disabled people, is offering power wheelchairs at no cost. Call (800) 246-6010 for qualifications and guidelines or to donate power wheelchairs to the program.

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Headway of Western New York Veterans Support Group will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Orchard Park Post 567, American Legion, 3740 North Buffalo Road. For information, call 629-3636 or visit: www.headwayofwny.org

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Action for Mental Health will host an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Support Group from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday at 1005 Grant St. Also available are support groups for depression, anxiety, panic disorder, pain management and female trauma survivors. Groups are free. For details, call 871-0581.

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Headway of Western New York will hold support groups Tuesday in its offices at 976 Delaware Ave. The Life Support Group for individuals with brain injury and their families will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m.; Peer Support Group and Caregivers Support Group will both meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. For information, call 629-3636 or visit: www.headwayofwny.org

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Community Services for Developmentally Disabled offers short-term residential options for individuals with developmental disabilities: emergency residence for temporary housing; site based respite, an overnight capacity for individuals over age 18; transitional residence, a supervised group-style setting for the homeless; safe house, the only shelter in New York State specifically designed for individuals with developmental disabilities who are victims of domestic violence, crimes or abuse. For more information, call 883-8002.

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Englewood Drop-In Services, 66 Englewood Ave., is a peer-operated program offering self-help, recovery, social, educational and advocacy services for adults with mental illness. Opportunities to meet new people, learn new skills and receive assistance with basic needs are available. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, call 835-1919 or visit www.restoration-societyinc.org.

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The Empowerment Academy, 327 Elm St., offers adults with mental illness rehabilitation classes and activities from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Assistance is provided in housing, employment, education, advocacy and socialization. For information, call 884-5216 or visit www.restoration-societyinc.org.

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Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara provides individuals with disabilities of all ages support services, skills necessary to achieve independence, in-home services, volunteer opportunities and geriatric assessments. For information, call 504-2617, Ext. 230, or visit www.opportunitiesunlimited.org.

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Lake Shore Behavioral Health Inc., 254 Franklin St., provides mental health and chemical dependency services in Buffalo and Erie County. Services include outpatient mental health clinics, day treatment, homeless services, rehabilitation and vocational services. Also, adult and teen alcohol/drug programs. Services are provided in English and Spanish and in five locations. For information, call 842-0440.

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Parent to Parent, 1200 East & West Road, West Seneca, offers one-to-one emotional support to parents who have a child with a disability. The support is provided by trained volunteer parents who have a child with the same or a similar disability. For information on resources in the area, support groups and specific disabilities, or to talk to another parent of volunteer to be a support parent, call 517-3448 or (800) 305-8813; e-mail lblum98@yahoo.com; or visit www.parenttoparentnys.org.

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People Inc. provides services for individuals with traumatic brain injury, including service coordination, residential programs, transition services, supported employment, waiver services, day programs, rehabilitation, respite, advocacy and health services. Services are provided for people of any age, and there are no restrictions based on when the injury occurred. For information, call 634-8132.

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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.