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Events for people with disabilities

Through the Looking Glass and its National Center for Parents with Disabilities was awarded a five-year $2.5 million federal grant to conduct research, training and provide consultations and materials regarding families in which an infant, child, parent or grandparent has a disability. The new national project, "Families With Disabilities Through the Life Cycle: Disability Culture Perspectives," will focus on critical issues that impact families with disabilities across the lifespan -- from those disabled and nondisabled parents who are at the initial stages of having an infant with a disability through children with disabilities growing up to parents and grandparents with disabilities. For more information, visit: www.lookingglass.org or call (800) 644-2666 or email: tlg@lookingglass.org.

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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.

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Independent Living of Genesee Region is now offering a new peer support group, "Better Living on the Outside," for any individual previously incarcerated. The group meets from noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays in its offices at 113 Main St., Suite 5, Batavia. The organization is a multicultural, grass-roots and peer-directed civil rights organization for individuals with disabilities. It provides the four core services of information and referral, independent living skills, community/systems advocacy and peer counseling. For information, call Lisa Falkowski at (585) 815-8501, Ext. 402.

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Mental Health PEER Connection, part of Western New York Independent Living Inc. families of agencies, is offering a peer support phone line for individuals with disabilities in noncrisis situations seeking peer support for a variety of reasons, including depression, anxiety, symptom management, relationships, loneliness, employment or even just to chat. Call 834-PEER or 834-7337 from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. For volunteer opportunities, call 836-0822, Ext. 170.

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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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Canine Helpers for the Handicapped Inc., 5699 Ridge Road, Lockport, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to training dogs to assist people with disabilities to lead more independent and secure lives. Equipped to match a person with the right dog and train both to become an efficient team whether the need be for hearing, service, mobility(multiservice), seizure-alert, or therapy dogs. For more information, call 433-4035 or email: chhdogs@aol.com.

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Englewood Drop-In Services, 66 Englewood Ave., is a peer-operated program of Restoration Society Inc. offering a variety of free and flexible community based services to help adults with mental health conditions achieve personal satisfaction in attainment of basic needs, quality of life and fulfillment of meaningful community relationships and roles. Services include: life coaching, self-help groups, advocacy services, goal planning and more. For information, call 835-1919.

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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