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The Alzheimer's Association, Western New York Chapter, will hold its 2011 Regional Dementia Care Conference for Professionals from 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday in the Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Keynote address "Managing the Characteristic Challenges of Dementia" will be given by Linda Steeg, clinical assistant professor at the University of Buffalo Nursing School. Fee is $90. To register, visit: http://DementiaCareConference.kintera.org. For more information, call 626-0600 or (800) 272-3900. Registration deadline is Monday.

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OAHiiO (The Good Path), part of Western New York Independent Living Inc. families of agencies, offers Yeksah Gowah (The Strongest Woman), a support group to help Native American women to reconnect and identify with their culture and beliefs as part of a healing process through cultural teachings and crafts, guest speakers and talking circles. The meetings are held from 10 a.m. to noon every second and fourth Thursday of the month at Western New York Independent Living Inc., 3108 Main St. Facilitators are Denise Hartley and Jackie Moen. For more information, call 836-0822, Ext. 179 or Ext. 120.

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ALS Association Support Group will hold its monthly meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday in Dent Neurological Institute, 3980 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. The group is for people with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, their caregivers and friends. Facilitator Nancy Benjamin is a licensed clinical social worker. For more information, contact Carrie Scholz, patient services coordinator for the Upstate New York ALS Association at (866) 499-7257 or email: cscholz@alsaupstateny.org or visit: www.alsa.org/resources

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The Family Committee of the Developmental Disability Alliance of WNY will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Aspire of WNY, 7 Community Drive, Cheektowaga. Learn how families and individuals with disabilities can make a difference in New York State. Speakers will be J.R. Drexelius, Janet Gunner and Mike Rogers. For more information, visit: ddawny.org or e-mail: maxjoy@roadrunner.com

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VA 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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Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders Services of Western New York, 339 Elmwood Ave., offers support and employment services to individuals and families living with seizures. For those who need employment, the agency provides assistance in skill assessment, job matching, writing a resume, strengthening interviewing and job survival skills, and job coaching. The agency also provides counseling to children and adults with epilepsy, as well as family support services. For information, call 883-5396.

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Western New York Independent Living Inc. offers a free social hour, including games of backgammon, scrabble, chess and cards from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday in the back Conference Room, WNY Independent Living Project, 3108 Main St. Light refreshments served. For information, call 836-0822, Ext. 170.

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Deaf Adult Services, Suite 450, 2495 Main St., is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals who need assistance. Walk-in clients will be assisted or referred to appropriate agencies. For information, call 833-1637.

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Spina Bifida Association of Western New York provides services to individuals with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus and their families in Western New York. Services are designed to assist and teach children with these ailments to increase their independence as well as provide education to their families. For information, call 446-5595.

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Independent Living of Niagara County offers free work incentive counseling in Niagara Falls and the City of Lockport for people with disabilities who are looking to return to work. Service is available Monday through Friday in its facility, 746 Portage Road, Niagara Falls; Lockport area from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays at the Dale Association, Lockport Senior Center, 33 Ontario St. For details, call 284-4131 or (888) 567-6454.

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CHC Learning Center, 80 Lawrence Bell Dr., Suite 115, Amherst, provides educational and therapeutic programming for preschool and school age children (infant to 21 years of age). Classes are small and structured to meet the individual needs of students with multiple disabilities. Certified special education teachers and educational aides staff each classroom. For more information, call 204-0355.

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Niagara Cerebral Palsy offers health clinics and services for individuals with disabilities, which include dental, podiatry and audiology. Services are by appointment only. For location information or to make an appointment, call 297-1478, Ext. 154.

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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