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Events for people with disabilities

Parent Network of Western New York in partnership with the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, Early Childhood Direction Center and Learning Disabilities Association of WNY is hosting a free interactive learning seminar, "Transitions: What's Next?" for individuals with disabilities and their families from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Wick Social Room at Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst. Learn about various transitions of life from birth to adulthood. Keynote speaker will be Kevin Smith, deputy commissioner for Adult Education and Workforce Development. Lunch will be served. For more information, contact the Parent Network of WNY at 332-4176 or visit: www.parentnetworkwny.org.

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Spirit Seekers, a spiritual support group for those living with mental illness or their loved ones, will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Pilgrim-St. Luke's United Church of Christ, 335 Richmond Ave. The group meets every second Wednesday of the month. For more information, contact Karl Shallowhorn at workingonwellnessbuffalo@gmail.com.

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Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled sponsors the "Buttercup Project," to help parents and caregivers of children age 5 and younger diagnosed with a developmental disability achieve eligibility and locate services that will assist and prepare the child for school and other activities. For information, call 883-8002.

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Northtown Parkinson's Support Group will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Temple Beth Am, 4660 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Kiki Bernas, dance instructor, will present preview of a weekly dance exercise program which is offered free to patients, caregivers and family members at her Dance Studio in Hamburg. For more information, call 689-1559.

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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 age 18; transitional residence, a supervised group-style setting for the homeless; 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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National Alliance on Mental Illness in Buffalo and Erie County, an education and support organization for families of the mentally ill, will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Amherst. Guest speaker will be Karima Amin, president of "Prisoners Are People Too." For more information, call 832-4035.

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Consolidated Supports and Services at Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled offers individuals a wide variety of self-directed services. People choose what supports they need, hire their own staff, and build a circle of support in the community to help ensure continued success. It is designed to promote independence and build confidence. For more information, call 883-8002.

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Enhanced Services program at Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled offers clinical support and comprehensive hands-on training designed to help individuals learn the skills necessary to maintain stability in their lives. It includes individual and group day habilitation, residential habilitation and encompasses all aspects of the person's life. Services are provided by program staff, service coordinators and a behavior clinician. For more information, call 883-8002.

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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