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Western New York Independent Living is seeking working or gently used (or functioning properly to be refurbished) computers, laptops and printers to be donated to its agency for use by their consumers in need. Monitors that are 21 inches or higher are needed for visually impaired consumers. To donate equipment or for more information, contact Doug Hartley at 836-0822, Ext. 127. Any donations can be scheduled for pickup by the WNY Independent Living Inc.

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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 Wednesday and 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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After-School Respite Program sponsored by Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled offers children meaningful recreational and social opportunities throughout the school year in the district served by Buffalo Public School 84 at 462 Grider St. The programs are designed to meet the special learning needs of students who have developmental disabilities. For information, call the admissions department at 883-8002.

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Miracle on Wheels provides available information for seniors and others with debilitating medical conditions that severely limit their mobility. Learn how you may be eligible for a power wheelchair at little or no cost. For information about assistance options and qualifications, call (800) 400-4210.

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Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder of Western New York will hold its monthly support group meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Denny's restaurant, 4610 Genesee St., Cheektowaga. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 684-7142.

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Headway of Western New York Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Support Group will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday 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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National Alliance on Mental Illness in Buffalo and Erie County, an education and support organization for families of the mentally ill, will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Amherst. John LaHood, veterans' justice outreach program coordinator for Veterans Affairs Medical Center, will speak on assisting veterans who have been released from prison. For information, call 832-4035.

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Alzheimer Caregiver Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. Friday in the Pines Healthcare Rehabilitation Center, 9822 Route 16, Machias. Caregivers, family members and friends of Alzheimer's or dementia patients are encouraged to attend. For more information, call 353-8516, Ext. 4630.

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Western New York Independent Living offers a self-defense awareness group, specifically designed for personal protection and confidence-building for people with disabilities, at noon Friday in its facility at 3108 Main St. The group will provide options to being mistreated and abused, address scenarios to avoid, tackle and control confrontation in realistic situations. Modified martial art techniques will be demonstrated including Judo, jujitsu and aikido. For more information, call Kevin LaMar at 836-0822, Ext. 146.

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Mental Health PEER Connection offers a re-entry support group for individuals with a mental health disability that have recently been released from prison who are transitioning back into their communities. The group meets from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday at the WNY Independent Living Inc., 3108 Main St. For more information, call Kevin Lett at 836-0822, Ext. 182.

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Enhanced Services program at Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled offers clinical support and comprehensive hands-on training designed to help individuals learn the skills necessary to maintain stability in their lives. It includes individual and group day habilitation, residential habilitation and encompasses all aspects of the person's life. Services are provided by program staff, service coordinators and a behavior clinician. For more information, call Charlie Bushen at 883-8002, Ext. 179.

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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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Neighborhood Legal Services Inc., a nonprofit civil legal services agency, is providing adult cancer patients and families of pediatric cancer patients access to free civil legal services ranging from assistance with denial of public benefits, family law matters, disability law, housing issues, preparation of advance directives and permanency planning. For more information, call 847-0650, Ext. 420.

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Community Services for Developmentally Disabled offers senior day programs for anyone age 50 and over. Fitness and wellness programs are available. Activities include digital sports competitions and craft projects. Wholesome, nutritious meals are served at a reasonable rate. For more information, call 896-2180.

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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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