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Events for people with disabilities

Parent Network of Western New York offers a free workshop, "Controlling Your Own Destiny: Self-Determination," from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road, Grand Island. Learn how individuals with disabilities can set goals for themselves and advocate for their needs. To register, call 332-4170 or (866) 277-4762 or visit: www.parentnetworkwny.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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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 the Early Childhood Direction Center, Northtown Plaza, 3131 Sheridan Drive (People Inc. building), Amherst. 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 the Committee on Special Education (CSE)/Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) meetings. To register, call 332-4170 or (866) 277-4762 or visit: www.parentnetworkwny.org.

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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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The Empowerment Academy, 327 Elm St., a program of Restoration Society Inc., offers a variety of free and flexible community based services to assist adults with mental health conditions to acquire the skills to achieve success and satisfaction in recovery and life. Services include: benefits, financial, education, work, parenting, housing, wellness support and personal enrichment classes. For information, call 884-5216.

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Independent Living of Niagara County offers free work incentive counseling in Niagara Falls and the City of Lockport for people with disabilities who are looking to return to work. Service is available Monday through Friday in its facility, 746 Portage Road, Niagara Falls; Lockport area from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays at the Dale Association, Lockport Senior Center, 33 Ontario St. For details, call 284-4131 or 1-888-567-6454.

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Horizon Health Services, 3020 Bailey Ave., offers programs in Erie County and Niagara counties to assist individuals with mental illness, chemical dependency and/or developmental disabilities. For information, call 831-1800 or visit www.horizon-health.org.

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Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic on the South Campus of the University at Buffalo provides evaluations and treatment for speech, language or hearing difficulties. Appointments are required. For information, call 829-3980.

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People Inc. provides services for individuals with traumatic brain injury, including service coordination, residential programs, transition services, supported employment, waiver services, day programs, rehabilitation, respite, advocacy and health services. Services are provided for people of any age, and there are no restrictions based on when the injury occurred. For information, call 634-8132.

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Guild Care, 1170 Main St., is an adult day health program helping adults, 18 and older, with medical and vision needs to maintain independence. Its services include nursing supervision and medication assistance and teaching; personal care; dietary consultation; physical, occupational and speech therapy; assisted transportation; vision rehabilitation, social work; activities and outings, with snack and hot lunch daily. Medicaid or private pay is accepted; new referrals welcome. For information, call 885-8041. Or contact the Niagara Falls location at 4520 Military Road, 285-3499.

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Erie County NY Connects provides information on all available services for those of any age with disabilities or in need of long-term care. Explore options and resources to help with individual situations. For information, call 858-8526, (800) 396-2705 or visit www.erie.gov/nyconnects.

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Western New York Independent Living offers the Client Assistance Program, a free service to advise individuals with disabilities on the rights to vocational rehabilitation and assistance with the application process. Services include assessment, placement, training, education, job coaching, assistive technology and placement to support successful achievement of a work goal. CAP also provides support and advocacy, aid in due process and appropriate remedies to maintain access to vocational rehabilitation services. For more information, call 836-0822, Ext. 114 or visit: www.wnyil.org/cap

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.