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Events for people with disabilities

Olmsted Center for Sight (OCS), providing services and employment to the blind community,has opened a recycling and shredding business with Great Lakes Record Storage. Documents are held in secure totes, shredded to federal standard and bailed to ensure complete confidentially and security. OCS has approximately 35 blind and visually impaired employees in their manufacturing department. For more information, call Renee DiFlavio at 888-4627 or e-mail: rdiflavio@olmstedcenter.org

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University at Buffalo Neurosurgery Comprehensive Movement Disorders Center and the Parkinson's Association of Western New York co-sponsors the Parkinson's Disease caregiver support group at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the first-floor education room at UB Neurosurgery Building, 3980A Sheridan Drive, Amherst. For more information or registration, call 859-3342 or e-mail: evalynkatz@ubns.com

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OAHiiO (The Good Path), part of Western New York Independent Living Inc. family of agencies, is hosting an "Anxiety Self-Help Support Group from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday at WNY Independent Living Inc., 3108 Main St. OAHiiO also provides "walls free" mobile services on and off Western New York reservation territories to Native Americans with disabilities who wish to improve their quality of life and ability to live independently. For more information, call Kate St. John at 836-0822, Ext. 118, or e-mail: kstjohn@wnyil.org

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Summit Educational Resources, a provider of educational and therapeutic services to children and young adults with autism, language disorders and related developmental disabilities, is sponsoring an eight-week program on "Building Connections," from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, starting March 30 and continuing to May 25 in its offices at 415 North French Road, Amherst. The program is designed for young adolescents, ages 13 to 15 with social interaction difficulties making friends, interacting with peers or conversing with adults due to high-functioning autism spectrum disorders. Each session involves interactive and engaging skill-streaming groups, followed by recreational activities to develop and practice social competencies. For more information and costs, contact Mary Pat Sperrazza, director of Student and Consumer Services at 629-3445.

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Parent Network of Western New York offers two free workshops Tuesday in its offices at 1000 Main St. "Special Education, What's It All About?" Part 2, receive resources and tools in the planning of your child's Individualized Education Program (IEP), from 10 a.m. to noon; and "How Do I Find the Right Housemate?" from 6 to 8 p.m. To register, call 332-4170 or (866) 277-4762, or e-mail: www.parentnetworkwny.org

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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 Laurie Krupski is a certified rehabilitation counselor and health educator. For more information, 860-1947 or e-mail: lkrupski@alsaupstateny.org

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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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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 the age of 18 years; transitional residence, a supervised group-style setting for the homeless; and 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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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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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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Goodwill Industries of Western New York provides comprehensive job training, placement and follow-up services to adults with a wide range of disabilities, disadvantages and other special needs. Services are individualized to achieve goals consistent with the client's employment preferences. Services include vocational assessment, case management, work readiness training, occupational skills training, job seeking and job placement assistance. Ancillary services include a Board of Education-sponsored GED program and an Urban Food Pantry. For additional information, contact Dawn Cody at 854-3494, Ext. 3010, or e-mail: dawn@goodwillwny.org

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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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