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Events for people with disabilities

People Inc. Foundation will host its 10th annual drive for disabilities golf tournament Monday at East Aurora Country Club, 300 Girdle Road, East Aurora. Morning round of golf starts at 7:30 a.m., afternoon round of golf with registration and lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. (tee-off at 12:30 p.m.). Cocktails, along with silent and basket auctions, begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and awards presentation at 7 p.m. Proceeds will benefit People Inc., a not-for-profit health and human services agency providing programs and services for people with special needs, their families and seniors throughout Western New York.

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Western New York Independent Living Inc. in conjunction with the University at Buffalo's Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer is looking for individuals who use a power wheelchair. Seeking input on a new drive system. Qualified participants will be paid $75 for a two and half hour group discussion held in its offices at 3108 Main St., near Hertel Ave. For more information, call Michelle Lockett at 204-8606, Ext. 203 or email: mlockett@buffalo.edu.

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The Just Chillin' program at Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled offers individuals the opportunity to go out to places and explore their community with the help of a one-on-one staff member. For information, call 883-8002.

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Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara provides individuals with disabilities of all ages support services, skills necessary to achieve independence, in-home services, volunteer opportunities and geriatric assessments. For information, call 504-2617, Ext. 230, or visit www.opportunitiesunlimited.org.

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Community Services for Developmentally Disabled offers a supported employment program to assist in finding a job that is right for any skill level. A trained staff member will accompany job seekers to interviews, help apply for jobs and serve as a personal advocate and guide. Once hired, a job coach provides direct support by on-the-job training until a satisfactory work level is achieved and maintained. The program links local businesses with qualified and dependable workers. For more information, call 883-8002.

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The Help You Group is a free service for anyone interested in feeling more confident about their personal appearance and job skill, and is held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Marvin Palanker Conference Room at WNY Independent Living, 3108 Main St., near Hertel Ave., in the University District. For information, call 836-0822, Ext. 157, or 836-0822, Ext. 167.

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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 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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Independent Living of Niagara County is offering "Women to Women Empowerment," an encouragement and companionship support group for women with disabilities, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday at 746 Portage Road, Niagara Falls. Discussion topics will include personal development, independent living skills, self-advocacy, communication skills, self-esteem and self-confidence, health and wellness. For more information, call 284-4131, Ext. 15.

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Danceability Inc., a program for children and adults with special needs utilizing dance and creative movement to enable and empower students, is holding its open house and registration for 2011-12 enrollment from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at its studio in Tops/George Urban Plaza, Suite 400, 3859 Union Road, Cheektowaga. For more information, visit: www.danceabilityinc.com.

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Clarity Way, a new Nar-Anon support group for family members and friends of those with substance abuse, will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in St. Mary's School, 6919 Transit Road, Swormville (enter from the back parking lot).

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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