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Events for people with disabilities

Allentown Industries, the adult division of Heritage Centers is currently accepting applications for its LIFE Program to help young adults ages 18 to 25 years gain skills for independent living. The LIFE (Living Independently and Fostering Employment) Program provides participants a blend of Day Habilitation, Supported Employment and Community Habilitation services. Contact Shelly Ralyea at 856-4202, Ext. 1287 or email: sralyea@heritagecenters.org for details.

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Parent Network of Western New York offers a free workshop, "Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy," for families of individuals with disabilities from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Niagara Wheatfield Community Center, 2790 Church Road, North Tonawanda. Learn to improve advocacy skills needed to effectively speak up for your child's needs. To register, call 332-4170 or (866) 277-4762 or visit: www.parentnetworkwny.org

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Headway of Western New York will hold support groups Tuesday in its offices at 976 Delaware Ave. The Life Support Group for individuals with brain injury and their families will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m.; Peer Support Group and Caregivers Support Group will both meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. For information, call 408-3100 or visit: www.headwayofwny.org

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The Lose the Training Wheels is a program that utilizes adapted bicycles and a specialized instruction program to teach campers how to ride a two wheel bicycle. The camp will run from June 25 to June 29 at Cheektowaga High School, 3600 Union Road, Cheektowaga. Campers must be at least eight years old, have a diagnosed disability and be able to walk without assistive devices. For more information, to register a camper or if interested in volunteering, call 817-7204 or email: wnylearntoride@yahoo.com

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Early Childhood Direction Center provides information and referral to parents and professionals on the needs of developmentally disabled children to age 5. Also, provides technical assistance to child care centers that care for young children with special needs. It serves Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara and Orleans counties. In Erie County, call 880-3875; all other counties, call toll-free (800) 462-7653.

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Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled sponsors the "Buttercup Project," to help parents and caregivers of children age 5 and younger diagnosed with a developmental disability achieve eligibility and locate services that will assist and prepare the child for school and other activities. For information, call 883-8002.

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Independent Living of Niagara County offers an anger management and conflict resolution support group. It will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at 746 Portage Road, Niagara Falls. Refreshments will be served and transportation is available by calling 836-0822, Ext. 150. For information, call 284-4131, Ext. 17.

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Buffalo State College Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic offers Stroke and Hope Aphasia Support Group for survivors and their families from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday in Caudell Hall, Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave. For information, call 878-3530 or 878-5319.

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.