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Events for people with disabilities

Parent Network of Western New York in partnership with Early Childhood Direction Center and People Inc. is sponsoring a presentation, "The Out of Sync Child: A Night for Parents," by author Carol Stock Kranowitz from 7 to 9 p.m. April 6, followed by an all-day conference, "The Out of Sync Child: Understanding Sensory Processing Disorder," from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 7 at Lucarelli's Banquet Center, 1830 Abbott Road, Lackawanna. Learn how to identify and support children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). Cost is $5 for parents night; $85 per person for conference. For more information or to register, call 817-7484 or visit: www.parentnetworkwny.org

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Western New York Independent Living Inc. is hosting "The Fair Housing Rights of Tenants with Disabilities" workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday in its offices at 3108 Main St. Guest speaker will be Scott Gehl from Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME). The free workshop is designed for service and housing providers, housing advocates and consumers. For reservations, call Kim Nesser at (585) 305-0339 or e-mail: knesser@ilny.org

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Western New York Developmental Disabilities Services Office funded by a family support grant offers a Saturday recreational respite at Aspire of Western New York in its Cheektowaga locations from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every other Saturday. Individuals with disabilities ages 15 to 60 years old and living with their families are eligible. Activities include arts, crafts, holiday projects and community trips. For dates and details, call 505-5668.

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Parent Network of Western New York offers two free workshops, "How Do I Develop a Life Plan? from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday; and "You Are Your Child's Best Advocate: Speaking Up for Yourself and Others," from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday in its offices at 1000 Main St. Parents who have children and/or young adults with special needs are encouraged to attend. Learn to improve your advocacy skills. To register, call 332-4170 or (866) 277-4762 or visit: www.parentnetworkwny.org

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NFTA Advisory Committee on the Disabled will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Commission For the Blind, Ellicott Square Building, Room 548, 295 Main St. It is open to those interested in learning about the NFTA's accessible services and programs for people with disabilities. For information, call 855-7286.

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The Early Childhood Inclusion Committee of the Developmental Disability Alliance of WNY (DDAWNY) is hosting a free workshop, "Preparing Your Class for Inclusion," from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Play and Learn School at Temple Beth Zion, 700 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. Learn about resources, ideas and strategies to utilize when your class welcomes a child with special needs. Workshop is ideal for preschool programs and child care centers. For more information or to register, call 880-3875 or 819-2408.

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Parent Network of Western New York and Early Childhood Direction Center offers a support group for families of individuals with developmental disabilities. The group meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Early Childhood Direction Center/People Inc., 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Families can meet and network with other parents, caregivers and families, share thoughts on topics of interest, ask questions and receive support. Open to families of children of all ages. For more information or to register, call 332-4170.

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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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Parent to Parent, 1200 East & West Road, West Seneca, offers one-to-one emotional support to parents who have a child with a disability. For information on resources in the area, support groups and specific disabilities, or to talk to another parent or 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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Western New York Independent Living, under contract with the New York State Department of Health, is offering assistance in community alternatives to institutional living for nursing home residents throughout the counties of Niagara, Orleans, Chautauqua, Wyoming and Erie. An outreach specialist will meet with you and your family to provide the tools and information needed for transition back into the community. For information, call 836-0822, Ext. 126.

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Baker Victory Services, 780 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, provides a wide range of specialized residential, outpatient and educational services to children and youths with a variety of needs, including developmental disabilities and/or behavioral or psychiatric difficulties. For information, call 828-9500.

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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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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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