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Events for people with disabilities

Aspire of Western New York offers evening recreational respite for adults age 18 and older with disabilities. The program assists with enhancing skills to integrate into the community, self-advocacy, socialization, independent living and pre-employment. A grant is available to support transportation for those unable to get to the activities. For more information, call 505-5668.

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Parent Network of Western New York offers a free workshop "Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): An Overview," from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at GA Family Services, 1293 Union Road, West Seneca. Learn how and why ASD are diagnosed. Discussed will be learning styles, recent research and ways to promote success in home, school and community. To register, call 332-4170 or (866) 277-4762 or visit www.parentnetworkwny.org.

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Mental Health Association in Niagara County offers a support group for those dealing with anxiety and depression from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at DeGraff Memorial Hospital, 445 Tremont St., North Tonawanda. Meetings are held every second and fourth Wednesday of each month. For information, call 433-3780.

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Parent Network of Western New York is hosting a free New York State Parent Member Training session from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in its offices at 1000 Main St. The session is for new and current parent members who wish to gain a greater understanding of the special-education process, techniques and strategies to fulfill their role at Committee on Special Education meetings. For more information or to register, call 332-4170 or (866) 277-4762 or visit www.parentnetworkwny.org.

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Western New York Center for the Visually Impaired, 3070 Transit Road, West Seneca, provides low vision rehabilitation services to adults and children with visual impairments. Rehabilitative services are provided in home and in office with low vision devices and adaptive equipment to assist with independence. Office locations are 746 Portage Road, Niagara Falls; 18 Jefferson St., Wellsville; and 400 N. Main St., Warsaw. For information, call 668-1166.

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University at Buffalo Neurosurgery Comprehensive Movement Disorders Center and the Parkinson's Association of Western New York co-sponsor the Parkinson's Disease caregiver support group at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the first-floor education room at UB Neurosurgery Building, 3980A Sheridan Drive, Amherst. For more information or registration, call 859-3342 or email evalynkatz@ubns.com.

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Independent Living of Genesee Region, 113 Main St., Suite 101, Batavia, is a multicultural, grass-roots and peer-directed civil rights organization for individuals with disabilities. The fully staffed organization provides the four core services of information and referral, independent living skills, community/systems advocacy and peer counseling. For information, call (585) 815-8501.

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Parent Network of Western New York and Early Childhood Direction Center offer 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 visitpeaceinpain.com.

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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