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Events for people with disabilities

Williamsville Special Education Parent Teacher Student Association (SEPTSA) is hosting the program, "Healthcare Handbook," by Lorraine Blum from Parent to Parent of Western New York, at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Williamsville Central District Offices, 105 Casey Road, East Amherst. All are welcome. Admission is free. For more information, call 565-9338.

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NFTA Advisory Committee on the Disabled will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Central Library's West Room, second floor, 1 Lafayette Square. It is open to those interested in learning about the NFTA's accessible services and programs for people with disabilities. For information, call 855-7286.

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VA Western New York Healthcare System, in partnership with Mac Alpine Presbyterian Church, offers an amputee support group meeting at 2 p.m. Friday in the healthcare center, Room 503, 3495 Bailey Ave. The group will meet the last Friday of each month. Discussed will be resources and programs available for veterans who have lost a limb or limbs. For more information, contact Rich Jones at 862-7350.

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Canine Helpers for the Handicapped Inc., 5699 Ridge Road, Lockport, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to training dogs to help people with disabilities 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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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 in 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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Headway of Western New York Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Amherst. For more information, call Lynda at 337-3571 or email: rosieo335@yahoo.com or visit: crpssupportgroupofbuffalony.com.

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Independent Living of Niagara County, a catalyst for systems and individual change in Niagara County that enhances the quality of life for those with disabilities, while respecting diversity and promoting choices and alternatives for independent living now has a new toll free number: 1-855-366-1042.

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Mental Health PEER Connection, part of Western New York Independent Living Inc. families of agencies, offers a peer support phone line for individuals with disabilities in noncrisis situations seeking support for a variety a 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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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.

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.