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Events for people with disabilities

Museum of disABILITY History will host “Out of the Shadows: Join the Conversation,” a two-day event that takes a close look at the lives and contributions of writers with disabilities at the museum located at 3826 Main St., Eggertsville. On March 6, from 7 to 9 p.m., a reading and panel discussion will be held, where writers with disabilities as well as those who cover disability in their work will discuss “crip lit” culture, what it means to them and how it empowers writers of difference. Speakers include: Sally Bittner Bonn, a Rochester-based mother and disability writer; Lisa Cunningham, educator and poet; Beth Geyer, local disability arts educator, playwright, editor/writer and artistic director of Unique Productions UP!; and Lizz Schumer, writer, reporter and editor.

Also, March 7, from 1 to 3 p.m., will be an open mic with local and regional writers. Schumer will open conversation about the importance of writers with disabilities. Admission is free. Registration is encouraged for both events. Call 629-3626 for reservations.

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Deaf Access Services will began airing on Sunday on Time Warner Cable television stations a television public service campaign to showcase the excitement of learning American Sign Language. The announcement is designed to educate the public on the offerings at the nonprofit organization in Western New York for the deaf, hard of hearing and late-deafened population.

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In recognition of March as national brain injury awareness month, Headway of Western New York, an affiliate of People Inc., is holding a dining-out event from Monday to Wednesday at select area restaurants. Awareness and funds will be raised to ensure that individuals with brain injuries and other disabilities in Western New York have access to advocacy, resources and support systems so they may live as independently as possible. Participating restaurants include Betty’s, 370 Virginia St.; Fat Bob’s Smokehouse, 41 Virginia Place; and Ristorante Lombardo, 1198 Hertel Ave. For a flyer with more information and to present to your server so a percentage of your check will be donated to support Headway, visit headwayofwny.org

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OAHiiO (The Good Path), a service provider for Native Americans with disabilities in Western New York, part of Western New York Independent Living Inc. families of agencies, is co-facilitating a new group, “Rekindling the Pine Tree Tradition,” from 6 to 8 p.m. every Thursday in the YWCA, 1005 Grant St. Participate in traditional songs, dance, arts, storytelling and Iroquois Teachings. Light refreshments will be served. Open to the public. For more information, call Dan and Beanie Jamieson at 816-5338 or Denise Hartley at 359-7265.

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Mental Health Association of Erie County offers a peer-facilitated self-help group for people diagnosed with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder who are 18 or older. The support group meets from 1 to 3 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of every month in offices at 999 Delaware Ave. For more information, contact Lisa Maria Cruz at 886-1242, Ext. 310, or email lmcruz@eriemha.org

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Autism Family Support, a peer-run program focusing on issues affecting families who have a family member with an autism spectrum disorder, will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at RealtyUSA, basement floor, 2139 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island. For more information, contact Vienna Haak at 430-5118 or email vahaak@yahoo.com

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Buffalo Centre for the Treatment of Eating Disorders is offering a family support group from 7 to 8 p.m., the first Thursday of every month, in the centre, 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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Headway of Western New York will hold support groups Tuesday in its offices at Suite E, 2635 Delaware Ave. The Life Support Group for individuals with brain injury and their families will meet from first Tuesday 1 to 2:30 p.m.; Peer Support Group first and third Tuesday and Caregivers Support Group first Tuesday will both meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. For information, call 408-3100 or visit www.headwayofwny.org

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Western New York Empowerment Network, part of Restoration Society Inc., is a peer-operated not-for-profit community based organization providing recovery, wellness and life achievement services for individuals diagnosed with mental health conditions. Holistic and person-centered services are primarily provided in the person’s own neighborhood or community. For more information, call 832-2141.

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Suburban Adult Services (SASI) offers recreation for adults with disabilities who are eligible to receive services from New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). Transportation is provided for pick up locations in Orchard Park, East Aurora and Sardinia. For information, call your Medicaid service coordinator or Wendy Sherwood at 805-1555.

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.