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Events for people with disabilities

The Learning Disabilities Association of WNY, 2555 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore, provides educational advocacy services to students and their families who are receiving special-education services, or who could benefit from these services. Also, assistance for individuals with learning disabilities, neurological impairment or developmental disabilities. For information call 874-7200 or (888) 250-5031.

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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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Aspire of Western New York offers early intervention programs for children diagnosed with disabilities. For information on the infant/toddler development program or the preschool programs, call Aspire Center for Learning, 4635 Union Road, Cheektowaga, at 505-5700. Also call that number for information on Children's Discovery Corner child care and learning center.

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Phoenix Frontier, a human services agency, offers day programs for individuals with disabling conditions that impact their ability to work. People served range in age from 16 to 65 years have disabilities that include mental retardation, developmental disabilities (cerebral palsy, autism, seizures and neurological impairment), alcoholism, substance abuse, physical disabilities, blindness or visual impairment, traumatic brain injury, mental health and more. Activities include community outings, recreational and social opportunities. For information, call 833-3231, Ext. 226.

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Summit Educational Resources, 150 Stahl Road, Getzville, provides evaluations, school and home-based education and therapeutic services to developmentally disabled children from infancy to 21 years old and their families. Educational, psychological, speech and hearing, physical and occupational therapy evaluations are available in all languages to assess eligibility for special-education services, special home and school-based instruction or to determine diagnostic conditions. A specialized diagnostic unit is also available to children suspected to have autism. For information about Summit programs and services, call 629-3400.

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Spina Bifida Association of Western New York provides services to individuals with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus and their families in Western New York. Services are designed to assist and teach children with these ailments to increase their independence as well as provide education to their families. For information, call 446-5595.

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Buffalo Hearing and Speech Center, 50 E. North St., diagnoses and treats children and adults with communication disorders. The center provides speech-language evaluations and therapy, hearing evaluations, hearing aids, assistive listening and speaking devices, and support groups. It also offers an early childhood program, which includes an early intervention program for infants through 3 years, a preschool for children 3 to 5 years, and kindergarten. The center has offices in Buffalo, Amherst, Silver Creek and West Seneca. For information, call 885-8318.

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Miracle on Wheels provides available information for seniors and others with debilitating medical conditions that severely limit their mobility. Learn how you may be eligible for a power wheelchair at little or no cost. For information about assistance options and qualifications, call (800) 400-4210.

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Gateway Longview, 6350 Main St., Amherst, a multiservice agency serving children and families, offers special education and intensive support services for children ages 3 to 21 with severe emotional, behavior and learning problems. For information, call 633-7266.

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People Inc. Home Health Care, 2128 Elmwood Ave., offers services for children birth to age 3 with developmental delays. Services include service coordination, physical and occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, nursing care, nutrition, hearing evaluations, behavioral therapy, parenting skills training, counseling and extended respite. For information, call 874-5600, Ext. 142.

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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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Heritage Education Program provides services to children from birth to 21 with specific or global development disabilities, including children on the autism spectrum and with medical frailties. The program, located at One Delaware Road, Kenmore, features supports for children who are severely resistive eaters. Specialized educational and therapeutic supports are individualized for each learner. For more information, contact 876-3901.

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.