Join the Ann Arbor Commission on Disability Issues

If you are an advocate for equal opportunity for people with physical, mental, and/or emotional disabilities you may want to serve as a commissioner on the Ann Arbor Commission on Disability Issues. Public meetings are held at City Hall on the third Wednesday of every month starting at 3:15pm. Meetings are open to the public and can also be viewed on Community Television Network (CTN)-Comcast Cable Channel 16. You can also view CTN videos On Demand by going to a2gov.org.

If you would like an application to apply for a seat on the Commission contact the Mayor’s Office 734-794-6161 or visit our Resource Page. If you desire more information about being a commissioner e-mail us at a2disabilityissues@gmail.com

CANCELLED: Wheelchair Basketball

Wednesday March 2, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Due to circumstances beyond our control, this event has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Michigan Alliance for Families' Webinar Series

If you missed the session presented at AADL about Individualized Education Programs (IEP's), you can find that and an array of other topics available at the Michigan Alliance for Families Webinar Series site. There are a number of pertinent topics for families who have children (or teens transitioning to adulthood) available on demand by going to their You Tube channel. The Michigan Alliance for Families provides information, support, and education for families who have children (birth through 26 years of age) who receive or may be eligible to receive special education services. Their website can help you find information about special education issues as well as disability specific information.

An Overview of Special Education and Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) - NEW LOCATION

Monday October 19, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Due to a malfunction in the lighting system at Malletts Creek, this event has been moved to Pittsfield Branch.

This discussion, presented by the Washtenaw Association for Community Advocacy (Washtenaw ACA) and Michigan Alliance for Families (MAF), is designed for parents of children who have Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) or who may be eligible for special education, as well as interested community members including school staff, college students studying education or related programs, and anyone who works with or cares about children who have disabilities.

This session will be presented by Kristen Columbus, M.S. and Sandee Koski, M.A. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers.

MI Hidden Talent Tour

A statewide tour to inspire Michigan companies to hire workers with disabilities is coming to Ann Arbor on Sept 24, 2015. Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley and Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard H. Bernstein will share stories about companies who found valuable workers who have a disability. As part of the MI Hidden Talent Tour, these state leaders, along with local organizations helping with this effort, will provide resources and answer questions for business leaders who want to explore this untapped pool of talent. The event takes place at Washtenaw Community College, Morris J. Lawrence Auditorium, 4800 East Huron River Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Welcome reception at 5:30 p.m.; program begins at 6:00 p.m. Please RSVP by registering here.

25th ADA Anniversary at Ann Arbor Amtrak Station - July 23

On Thursday, July 23 at 2:00 pm everyone is invited to a 25th American Disabilities Act (ADA) Anniversary and celebration of the new Setback/Shuttle Platform at the Ann Arbor Amtrak Station. The Lt. Governor of Michigan will be on hand to officially recognize the occasion, because as Amtrak ADA Project Director Gary Talbot noted: “this could have only been developed in Michigan because that’s where the creativity, capability and capacity is for design, development and prototype build.” This solution benefits everyone with level boarding, getting on/off the train at stations that also have freight traffic. For more information, contact Gary Talbot’s office at 267-702-1901.

Bullying in Our Schools: Strategies for Students, Parents and Educators

Monday October 26, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up.
This event will be recorded

Huron High School basketball coach Waleed Samaha leads this informative program on the destructive effects of bullying. The discussion will feature teens and adults he has worked with to promote a safe, respectful, and positive educational environment at Huron High School.

This event is a partnership with the U-M Council for Disability Concerns as part of their 2015 Investing in Ability programming.

WIN-WIN Opportunities with ADA Accomodations

Join the Ann Arbor Area Business Leadership Network (A3BLN), hosted this month by the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, for the unique opportunity to learn from Employers & Employees about ways to improve opportunities for people with disabilities, because we are ALL better together!

The workshop will feature: (1) A Panel of employers and employees from NuStep, Select Ride, and the University of Michigan discussing the benefits of a diversified workforce and the win-win opportunities for both employers and employees. (2) Sessions with legal, human resource, and ADA perspectives and sharing their views regarding hiring persons with disabilities and ADA accommodations in the workplace.

This event is open to ALL business leaders, employers & current or potential employees with disabilities.
May 15, 2015, 10:30 am - 1:30 pm, WCC Morris J. Lawrence Building Auditorium. Email to: careerservices@aacil.org

Girls Like Us: Great for Group Discussions and Teen Book Clubs!

Gail Giles's new teen novel, Girls Like Us, weaves the heart-wrenching tales of two young women thrown together by what at first seems like bad luck. Quincy and Biddy were in the special education program together in high school, and they were anything but friends. Biddy had a reputation with the boys and Quincy was well-known for her mean streak. When they learned they'd be living together cooperatively, they thought life couldn't get any worse.

Told from the alternating perspective of each woman, "Girls Like Us" slowly reveals abusive childhoods and cruel experiences that have shaped who they are today. Everywhere they go they carry the insults slung at them like parasites, the words so deeply ingrained that they are accepted as truth. Although much of the intertwined tale of Biddy and Quincy is an unflinching look at human cruelty, the heart-warming moments of gradual friendship make this novel worth the emotional toll. It both empowers readers and inspires reflection on memory, change, hope, friendship, and family.

Gail Giles has written several books for teens, including What Happened to Cass McBride? and Playing in Traffic. "Girls Like Us" appeared on the longlist for the 2014 National Book Award in Young People's Literature, and was inspired by several previous students in Giles' 20 years of teaching special education classes.

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