The Ann Arbor Commission on Disability Issues is Seeking Commissioners

Are You:

● A Disability Advocate
● Physically Challenged
● Developmentally Disabled
Blind or Visually Impaired
● Deaf or Hard of Hearing
● A Person with a Chronic Disease
● A Care Giver

Become a Commissioner!

The purpose of the Ann Arbor Commission on Disability Issues is to promote and advocate for equal opportunities for all individuals with physical, mental and/or emotional disabilities, including full accessibility in Ann Arbor facilities, programs, businesses and organizations. The Commission addresses issues of significance to the local disability community, through effective committee work and collaboration. Commissioners serve a 3-year term requiring an appointment by the Mayor with approval from City Council. Ann Arbor residents are given priority consideration, but non-residents will be considered if they are viewed to fill a gap on the commission.

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. Public meetings are held at City Hall on the third Wednesday of every month starting at 3:15pm

If you would like an application to apply for a seat on the Commission contact the Mayor’s Office at 734-794-6161 or visit the Resource Page at a2gov.org/disabilityresources. If you want more information about being a commissioner e-mail a2disabilityissues@gmail.com.

Need a Picture ID?

If you've been asked for a picture ID and unable to produce it, you may likely be able to get a Washtenaw County ID Card. The ID card process begins June 1st. Applicants must appear in person at the Washtenaw County Vital Records Division. There are point values attributed to a broad range of documents that can serve as proof for applicants to get a picture ID card when they may have been unable to get ID in the past. The cost of the card is $25.00 and is for all ages. Check out the Washtenaw County ID Project on Facebook to find out about events to promote the ID card. Community members are encouraged to get a card in an effort to destigmatize it for those who have no other identification card options.

Easy English News For You

Are you an adult who is learning to read or is becoming an English Language Learner? AADL has a couple magazines that should get your attention.

The Easy English News is available at all of our branches. It contains current events written at a fourth grade reading level. It's written in a way to build your vocabulary and help you read for meaning. There's also News for You, which you can find at our downtown location or put a hold on a copy and have it sent to the location most convenient for you. Both publications have vocabulary words, puzzles and interactive websites. Spread the word!

A3BLN- Promoting Disability and Diversity in the Workplace

This Friday, May 15, join the Ann Arbor Area Business Leadership Network (A3BLN), hosted this month by the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living and Washtenaw Community College Human Resources, for the unique opportunity to learn from employers & employees about ways to improve work opportunities for people with disabilities.

A panel of employers and employees from NuStep, Select Ride, and the University of Michigan will discuss the benefits of a diversified workforce. Sessions will be lead by human resources, legal and advocacy experts sharing their views regarding hiring persons with disabilities and ADA accommodations in the workplace.

Date: Friday, May 15th
Time: 10:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.
Location: WCC Morris Lawrence auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Drive

This event is open to all business leaders, employers & current or potential employees with disabilities. There is no fee to attend, but registration is required- the first 100 registrants will receive a complimentary lunch!

Call for Entries from Gifts of Art

Gifts of Art at the University of Michigan Health System is currently accepting proposals for the August 2015-September 2016 exhibition year!

As one of the first and most comprehensive arts in healthcare programs nationwide, Gifts of Art brings the world of art & music to the University of Michigan Health System. Nine galleries display over 50 exhibits a year. They include 2-D and 3-D spaces that are viewed by approximately 10,000 people a day. The galleries are some of the most widely visited indoor, non-museum exhibit spaces in the state.

Gifts of Art is seeking both solo exhibits by individual artists and group exhibits by arts organizations. Selections will be made from online submissions or submissions by mail. Emailed JPG images or in-person submissions will NOT be considered. The submission deadline is May 31, 2015.

Questions? Call (734) 936-ARTS (2787) or email GiftsofArt@umich.edu or kmtalley@umich.edu.

Project Outreach Drop In: Health and Housing Assistance

Do you need housing assistance or help finding mental health services? Join Project Outreach on Thursdays from 2:00 to 4:00 pm in the 2nd floor study room of the Downtown branch of the Ann Arbor District Library.

The Project Outreach Team (PORT) is an intensive community outreach team that consists of two distinctive integrated teams. Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) serves the homeless, mentally ill population in Washtenaw County. The Justice Project Outreach Team (JPORT) serves individuals who are involved with the justice system and need mental health assistance. A key service PORT provides is ongoing psychiatric services, including assessments, consultation, and medication management to individuals who are homeless and those in the justice system who need mental health assistance.

Please call (734) 222-3750 for more information.

Dual Diagnosis- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Concerns

Community Support and Treatment Services (CSTS) offers many opportunities to obtain services and learn more about substance abuse, mental health and issues that occur when you or a loved one find themselves affected by both issues at once (Dual Diagnosis).

Now you can join the Discovery Group on Mondays from 1:30-3:00pm in the 2nd Floor Study Room of the Downtown branch of the Ann Arbor District Library.

This group is free and available to CSTS consumers, their families, friends, and any member of the Washtenaw County community. You don't need to make a commitment to attend weekly; there is no official referral process. You can drop in for help or simply to learn more about substance abuse and how it affects physical, mental and social aspects of lives as well as get support and encouragement. Whether you are precontemplative (resisting change), contemplative (change on the horizon) or just curious, there is something available for you.

Please call (734) 544-3050 or (734) 544-3000 to ask for additional information and other services available.

Nature Walk @ Barton Nature Area this Thursday

The Ann Arbor District Library and Natural Area Preservation team up each year to offer a series of informative walks at local nature areas throughout the summer. This year's first nature walk will take place this Thursday, May 7 from 7:00-8:30pm at the Barton Nature Area.

Barton Nature Area is a 102-acre park located along the Huron River divided into two sections. A variety of ecosystems can be seen in Barton, including old field, prairie, wet shrubland, mesic forest and emergent marsh. A representative from NAP will lead the walk, offer information about native plants and animals, and about the landscape, and answer questions. We'll meet in the parking lot off of Huron River Drive, just north of Bird Rd. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes and bring water if you'd like.

Other walks this summer will take place at Argo Nature Area, Furstenburg Nature Area and Black Pond Woods.

Toxic Waste No More

If you’re a resident of Washtenaw County this is for YOU! Perhaps you have some toxic stuff sitting around. You know, old cans of paint or oils, junky-gunk in tubes that you can’t even identify...check this out: The Home Toxics Collection Program is open to ALL Washtenaw County Residents the first 3 Saturdays a month from April through November. This program is not intended for businesses and/or organizations. However, if you need information or help finding disposal options please contact them or visit their Business Recycling page. The collection program is a free service for residents.They do accept donations,which go directly to the cost of disposal. Each year the donations collected are responsible for approximately 10% of the total disposal costs.Don't let that toxic stuff sit around any longer!

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