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Events for people with disabilities

Schofield Residence offers an adult day care program for elderly and disabled individuals at 425 Michigan Ave. The program provides health and rehabilitation services aimed at maintaining or improving everyday functioning. There are morning and afternoon sessions Monday through Friday and a session on Saturdays. For information, call Candice Duffy at 849-8720 or visit www.schofieldcare.org.

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Buffalo Centre for the Treatment of Eating Disorders is offering a new family support group from 7 to 8 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at the center at 95 John Muir Drive, Suite 104, Amherst. Buffalo Centre is a comprehensive partial hospitalization program serving adolescents, adults and families. For more information, call 276-6939 or visit: www.buffalocentre.com.

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National Alliance on Mental Illness in Buffalo and Erie County, an education and support organization for families of the mentally ill, will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Amherst. Sammy Violante, inspirational speaker and founder of local Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) support group, will discuss recovery from mental illness. For more information, call 832-4035.

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Northtown Parkinson's Support Group will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Temple Beth Am, 4660 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. "Preventing Family Friction and Burnout: A Path to Healthy Family and Individual Coping with Disability," will be presented by Elisabeth Mann, psychiatric social worker. For more information, call 689-1559.

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Western New York Developmental Disabilities Services Office, funded by a family support grant, offers recreational respite at Aspire of Western New York in its Cheektowaga locations from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every other Saturday. Individuals with disabilities ages 15 to 60 and living with their families are eligible. Activities include arts, crafts, holiday projects and community trips. For dates and details, call 505-5668.

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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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Independent Living of Genesee Region, 113 Main St., Suite 101, Batavia, is a multicultural, grass-roots and peer-directed civil rights organization for individuals with disabilities. The fully staffed organization provides the four core services of information and referral, independent living skills, community/systems advocacy and peer counseling. For information, call (585) 815-8501.

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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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Community Services for Developmentally Disabled offers short-term residential options for individuals with developmental disabilities: emergency residence for temporary housing; site based respite, an overnight capacity for individuals over age 18; transitional residence, a supervised group-style setting for the homeless; and Safe House, the only shelter in New York State specifically designed for individuals with developmental disabilities who are victims of domestic violence, crimes or abuse. 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.