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Lose the Training Wheels Camp has openings for both campers and volunteers. The camp will be held June 27 through July 1 at East Aurora High School, 1003 Center St., East Aurora. Adapted bicycles and a specialized instruction program are used to teach campers how to ride a bicycle. Campers must be at least age 8, have a diagnosed disability and be able to walk without assistive devices. For more information, to register a camper or if interested in volunteering, call 817-7204 or e-mail: wnylearntoride@yahoo.com.

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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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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 408-3100 or visit: www.headwayofwny.org

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OAHiiO (The Good Path), part of Western New York Independent Living 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 group meets from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at Western New York Independent Living, 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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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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Parent to Parent, 1200 East & West Road, West Seneca, offers one-to-one emotional support to parents who have a child with a disability. The support is provided by trained volunteer parents who have a child with the same or a similar 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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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, 408-3100.

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