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Events for people with disabilities

Bornhava Specialized Early Childhood Center, 25 Chateau Terrace, Amherst, offers educational preschool and early intervention services for children from birth through age 5 with developmental disabilities who reside in Erie and Niagara counties. In partnership with Towne BMW, Bornhava is holding a raffle for a 2012 3 Series BMW convertible. Alternate prize of $40,000 cash at the winner's option. The drawing will be held Sept. 15 in conjunction with an open house at Bornhava. Proceeds will benefit programs for students, including field trips. Tickets are $50 each or three for $100. Only 3,600 tickets will be sold. To purchase tickets, visitbornhava.org or call 839-1655.

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The ALS Association Support Group will hold a support group meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday in the first-floor boardroom at Dent Neurological Institute, 3980 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Personnel from their care services department will discuss advocacy results in Washington, D.C. Also, a speaker from Hospice Buffalo will provide helpful information. The group is for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) -- also known as Lou Gehrig's disease -- as well as their caregivers and friends. For more information, contact Becky Colville, care services coordinator for Western New York, at 860-1947 or emailrcolville@alsaupstateny.org.

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Independent Living of Niagara County is offering American Sign Language classes for children starting July 13, continuing through Aug. 17 at the ILNC, 746 Portage Road in Niagara Falls. The class fee is $20 and the book fee is $10. For registration information, contact Jeanette Grimaldi at 402-5508.

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness offers a family support group meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Amherst. For information, call 832-4035.

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The Mental Health Association of Erie County will host an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder support group from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday at 999 Delaware Ave. Also available are support groups for depression, anxiety, panic disorder, pain management and female trauma survivors. Groups are free. For details, call 886-1242.

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Headway of Western New York's Peer Support in Rural Communities will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the second-floor MRU Activities Room at DeGraff Memorial Hospital, 445 Tremont St., North Tonawanda. For more information, call Mark Shaw at 523-9623 or emailmmshaw615@yahoo.com

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Western New York Mito Group will holding its monthly meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Williamsville United Methodist Church, 5681 Main St., Williamsville. Mitochondrial dysfunctions can be the umbrella to many other conditions such as muscular dystrophy/neuromuscular diseases, autism and autism spectrum disorders, Parkinson's/movement disorders, epilepsy and gastric issues. For more information, call Jennifer Schwartzott at 525-1102 or email jschwartzo@aol.com; Jeanne M. Panara at 674-1007 or email jmpanara@yahoo.com; or visit www.UMDF.org.

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.