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Events for people with disabilities

University at Buffalo Neurosurgery Comprehensive Movement Disorders Center and the Parkinson's Association of Western New York is co-sponsoring the Parkinson's Disease Education Symposium 2011 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 7 at the Millennium Hotel Buffalo, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Program is designed for Parkinson's patients, family members and caregivers. Event is free and includes lunch. Call 859-3342 or e-mail: ekatz@ubns.com for reservations or information. Reservation deadline is Friday.

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Independent Living of Genesee Region (ILGR), a multicultural, grass-roots and peer-directed civil rights organization for individuals with disabilities, is hosting its first annual luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 13 at the YWCA of Genesee County, 301 North St., Batavia. Cost is $15 per person. ILGR is a fully staffed organization that provides the four core services of information and referral, independent living skills, community/systems advocacy and peer counseling. For more information or reservations for the luncheon, call (585) 815-8501, Ext. 400.

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Individualized Services Environment program at Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled offers a personal plan or blueprint for a person with developmental disabilities that provides the assistance required to achieve personal aspirations. Program provides individualized services in participant's own home. Program can include both residential habilitation and day habilitation on a daily basis. For more information, call 883-8002.

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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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Independent Living of Niagara County offers a deaf social support group for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community in Niagara County. The group meets twice a month from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at its facility located at 746 Portage Road, Niagara Falls. Included are activities, sharing meals together, and information that is current in the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities. For more information, call Jeannette Grimaldi at 402-5508 or e-mail jgrimaldi@wnyil.org.

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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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Community Services for Developmentally Disabled offers senior day programs for anyone age 50 years and over. Fitness and wellness programs 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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NFTA Advisory Committee on the Disabled will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday at Metropolitan Transit Center, sixth floor, 181 Ellicott 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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Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara's STEPS (School Transition and Employment Program for Success) program provides a partnership with students, parents, teachers and school districts to assist special-education students with the transition from school to the world of work and community. Assistance is provided to students through rehabilitation counseling, transition exposures, shadowing program, tours of supported employment sites and functional on-site assessment. For information, call 297-6400, Ext. 359 or visit www.opportunitiesunlimited.org.

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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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Western New York Independent Living Inc. offers a self-defense awareness group, specifically designed for personal protection and confidence-building for people with disabilities, at noon Friday in its facility located 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 arts techniques will be demonstrated including judo, jujitsu and aikido. For more information, call Kevin LaMar at 836-0822, Ext. 146.

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Independent Living of Niagara County located at 746 Portage Road, Niagara Falls, provides core services which include peer counseling, financial benefits consultation, independent living skills evaluation, information and referral, individual and systems advocacy, housing search assistance, Braille transcription and deaf support services. ILNC also offers "Taking Control," a consumer-directed personal assistance program. For more information about programs and services, call 284-4131 or toll-free at (888) 567-6454.

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The Believe to Achieve Day Habilitation Program at Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled offers a different theme each day of the week, allowing individuals to choose the days they attend based on their preferences. This variety provides an opportunity to meet and make friends in diverse activities. For more information, call Charlie Bushen at 883-8002, Ext. 179.

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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