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Disability Education and Advocacy Network of Western New York is sponsoring an all-day conference, “Disability and the Media: A Community Dialogue,” from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 24 at Harriman Hall, University at Buffalo South Campus and the Museum of DisABILITY History, 3826 Main St. The conference will focus on how the disability community can empower itself through social media and media’s perception of the disability community.

Keynote presentation will be “Disability Advocacy in the New Media Environment,” by Beth Haller, Towson University, Maryland. Professor Ezra B. Zubrow, University at Buffalo, will discuss media representation of people with disabilities in various parts of the world. Scheduled will be an afternoon break session at Museum of DisABILITY History led by Haller and Buffalo News reporter Gene Warner and former News feature editor Susan LoTempio. Free catered breakfast and lunch at Harriman Hall will be provided. A shuttle service between Harriman Hall and museum is available.

Deadline for registration is Friday. To register, visit: www.ubevents.org/event/2013disabilityandmedia.

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The National Parkinson’s Foundation of Western New York will hold its monthly support group meeting for people with Parkinson’s disease, family members and caregivers from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton St., West Seneca. Topic for discussion will be “The Effectiveness of Physiotherapy for Improving Balance and Reducing Risk of Falls,” led by Dr. Tiffany Maskulinski, physical therapist with Buffalo Rehabilitation Group. Refreshments and light dinner will be provided.

A young onset Parkinson’s support group for individuals in their early 50s or younger will meet from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more information about both groups, call 218-1027 or visit www.npfwny.org.

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National Alliance on Mental Illness is offering a new Southtowns family support group meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Abbott Corners, Lake Shore Behavioral Health, 3176 Abbott Road, Orchard Park. For information, call 226-6264.

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Parent Network of Western New York will host their annual Harvest Honors fundraiser Thursday at Alleyway Theatre, One Curtain Up Alleyway. A cocktail and awards reception begins at 5:30 p.m. The main event will be the opening of “Always October,” a humorous play about the widely differing ideas of what independence in the community means to each character, at 7:30 p.m. The play continues through Oct. 20. Tickets for Thursday’s performance are $75, includes beer/wine, appetizers, award ceremony, basket raffle and silent auction. For more information, call Peg Kovach at 332-4170 or visit: www.parentworkwny.org/harvest-honors.

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The Museum of disABILITY History, a project of People Inc., is hosting a family-friendly free event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at the museum located at 3826 Main St. The event includes an obstacle course, scavenger hunt for all ages, a chance to create a family puppet theater, a puppet performance by Kids on the Block of Western New York, coloring stations, pizza lunch at noon and showing of the movie “Dolphin Tale,” at 1 p.m. For more information, call the museum at 629-3626.

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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. (near Eggert Road), Amherst. For information, call 226-6264.

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Western New York MITO Group will holding its monthly meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every third 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.