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The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation is accepting preliminary grant requests for its 2015 Intellectual Disabilities grant cycle through the foundation’s online grants portal. Organizations located in Erie and Niagara counties that focus on enhancing service delivery for children, adolescents and young adults to age 26 with intellectual disabilities may be eligible for funds. To meet the submission deadline, applicants should create an online account no later than June 12 and submit a preliminary grant request no later than June 19. For application instructions, visit thetowerfoundation.org

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Registration is being accepted for the iCan Shine Bike Camp, a program that utilizes adapted bicycles and specialized instruction to teach campers how to ride a bicycle. Campers must be at least 8, have a diagnosed disability and be able to walk without assistive devices. The camp will run from June 29 to July 3 at Clarence High School, 9625 Main St. For more information, to register a camper or if interested in volunteering, call 817-7204 or email wnylearntoride@yahoo.com

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To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Museum of disABILITY History will host the ADA Legacy Tour and reception from 4 to 6 p.m. April 29 at the museum, 3826 Main St. The event is held in conjunction with the “Living in the Community: Change and Continuing Challenges” conference at the University at Buffalo. Free admission to museum for April 29 and 30. Reception registration is required. To RSVP, call 629-3626. The ADA legacy tour is a traveling exhibit designed to raise public awareness.

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Independent Living of Niagara County is offering an eight-week training class in beginner American Sign Language from 6 to 7 p.m. May 6 through June 24 at ILNC, 746 Portage Road, Niagara Falls. The class fee is $32, which includes the fee for a book. For registration information, contact Jeanette Grimaldi at 402-5508.

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Lancaster Recovery and Treatment Center, an outpatient service of the Buffalo Psychiatric Center, 525 Pavement Road, Lancaster, provides mental health services to those 18 and older. A multidisciplinary approach to treatment is used, providing every client with both a therapist and a psychiatrist. Medicare and Medicaid insurance plans are accepted. Also, clients are accepted on a sliding scale, regardless of their ability to pay. Appointments can be made by calling 684-2662.

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Early Childhood Direction Center provides free information, referral, technical assistance and support to families, professionals and community agencies concerned with children birth to 5 with suspected or diagnosed delays or disabilities. The ECDC also provides assistance to early childhood programs to improve options and opportunities for preschool children with developmental delays or disabilities served in typical early childhood settings. Ongoing community training programs are provided for parents and professionals in Erie, Niagara, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Allegany and Orleans counties. In Erie County, call 880-3875; all other counties, (800) 462-7653 or email ecdc@kaleidahealth.org

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Cazenovia Recovery Systems provides individualized residential treatment and support services for men and women who are in recovery from substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders. For information, call 852-4331 or visit cazenoviarecovery.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.