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Events for people with disabilities

Western New York Independent Living in conjunction with the University at Buffalo’s Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer is conducting focus groups on an innovative brace system for patients with scoliosis. WNYIL is looking for individuals over the age of 18 who have been treated for scoliosis with a back brace and/or a parent of a child who is being treated for scoliosis. Eligible participants will be paid $75 for attending a two-hour evening discussion in April at its offices located at 3108 Main St., near Hertel Avenue. Registration deadline is April 15. For more information, call Michelle Lockett at 204-8606, Ext. 203 or email


Western New York Independent Living Inc. is sponsoring free workshops, “Living Well with Type 2 Diabetes.” The six-session, peer-led health education program is designed to complement and enhance medical treatment and diabetes management. Classes will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays at Native American Community Services, 1005 Grant St. Dates are: March 26 and April 2, 9, 16 and 23. Preregistration is required. To register or for more information, contact Patricia McAllister at 836-0822, Ext. 402 or email


Learning Disabilities Association of WNY, 2555 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore, provides educational advocacy services to students and their families who are receiving special-education services, or who could benefit from these services. Also, assistance for individuals with learning disabilities, neurological impairment or developmental disabilities. For information call 874-7200 or 1-888-250-5031.

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.