Large Print Materials-Easier on the Eyes

Perhaps you've realized that your eye sight isn't what it used to be. You don't need to give up reading, if that's the case, because AADL has a Large Print collection that can be mailed to eligible patrons as Free Matter for the Blind.

If large print is still difficult to read, you may want to consider submitting an application to the Washtenaw Library for the Blind & Physically Disabled. AADL administers the WLBPD to all eligible Washtenaw County residents. This program provides Digital Books and a Digital Player at no cost.

Responsible Recycling: Free E-Waste Drop Off

Do you have unwanted electronics such as old cell phones, power cables, LCD displays or hard drives sitting around collecting dust? Through the U of M Office of Campus Sustainability there are a few opportunities to safely dispose of electronic materials this week.

Public E-waste Event:
Saturday, April 25th, 9 a.m.- 2p.m.
Pioneer High School, 601 W. Stadium Blvd

* Business, Non-Profits and Commuters e-Waste Event:
Thursday, April 23rd, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Friday, April 24th, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.
U-M State Street Commuter Parking lot, 2694 S State St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104

If you have questions about what sort of electronic are accepted, click over the University's FAQ page, or check out the list of accepted items.

* Schools, Government, Non-Profits, Small & Medium Businesses and Commuters are welcome to participate. Pre-registration for this event is requested to ensure adequate staffing, but is not required. You can pre-register here.

Get Money Smart at the Washtenaw County Resource Fair

Michigan State University Extension is hosting the Washtenaw County Resource Fair at the Michigan Works office in Ypsilanti on Saturday, April 18 from 10am to 1pm. At the fair you can discover what resources are available in Washtenaw County to help you become more financially secure. Venders will include: Ann Arbor State Bank, Flagstar Bank, DTE Energy, Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley, Housing Bureau for Seniors, Michigan State University Extension, United Way of Washtenaw County, University Bank, University of Michigan Credit Union, Washtenaw County Michigan Works and more!

Presentations will be offered at the following times:

10:15 AM- Debit Cards: How to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Fraud

10:45 AM- Be Smart about Credit

11:15 AM- Dealing with Payday Lenders

11:45 AM- Employment Assistance through Michigan Works

12:15 PM- Dress for Success!

Money Smart- Money Management Course

This free four-week course is offered on an ongoing basis every Thursday at Hope Center by Michigan State University Extension. The topics that are covered include creating financial goals, creating a spending plan, using credit wisely and pumping up savings. The class is open to anyone interested. Pre-registration is requested by calling 734-222-3943.

Community Support and Treatment Services Town Hall April 14

Join Community Support and Treatment Services for a presentation and open discussion on potential changes to your Community Living Support services (staffing in your home) on April 14, 2015 from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm at the United Way Building. This meeting is open to consumers and their families. No pre-registration is necessary. For additional questions, please contact customer service at 1-877-779-9707.

WCC Entrepreneurship Center Grand Opening

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Join Washtenaw Community College for the grand opening of the Entrepreneurship Center on Tuesday, March 10 from 5:30-7:00pm. The reception starts at 5:30pm and President Rose Bellanca will speak at 6:00pm, followed by tours of the Center. Food will be provided by WCC entrepreneurs! If you're thinking of starting a small business or looking for other resources for entrepreneurs, be sure to check out AADL's Small Business and Entrepreneur Resources page.

Call for Entries from Gifts of Art

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. The exhibit program is designed to enhance the health system’s environment of care and help calm and bring comfort to patients, visitors and staff. All Gifts of Art programs are intended to assist and complement the healing process and reduce the stress and anxiety often associated with a healthcare setting. Gifts of Art is currently accepting proposals for the September 2015 – September 2016 exhibition year. Individual artists or art organizations may apply. The galleries display both 2-D wall mounted art and 3-D works in display cases. Submissions may be made online or by mail. Submission deadline is May 15, 2015. Questions? Call (734) 936-ARTS (2787) or email GiftsofArt@umich.edu or kmtalley@umich.edu.

Mindfulness in Caregiving

Caring for an adult or family member battling a disease can be a trying and stressful experience. Thanks to support from the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center at U of M, there are two upcoming mindfulness based workshops for caregivers. These free programs will focus on the creating mindfulness to help caregivers develop tools and coping mechanisms that can improve their lives, and the lives of those they are assisting.

Mindfulness Based Dementia Care:
This series is designed for family caregivers. Interested participants are strongly encouraged to attend an orientation session on Monday, March 23rd from 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. This is a 9 week long program that will build on skills discussed from the following week; regular and committed attendance is recommended.

Catching Your Breath: Relax. Restore. Renew.
This wellness program has been created for care partners of adults living with memory loss. Participation is free, but pre-registration is requested in order to best accommodate needs. These classes are not a series; participants can come to one, or all five sessions.
Mon, Jan 12th: 10-11:30 a.m.
Wed, Feb 11th: 6-7:30 p.m.
Mon, March 16th: 10-11:30 a.m.
Wed, April 15th: 6-7:30 p.m.

Sessions from both courses will take place at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, located at 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Please call 734-936-8803 for registration and details, or visit the UMHS website to learn more.

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.

Dental Clinic Open House

On February 17th, the Washtenaw County Dental Clinic will be opening in the Haab Health building, 111 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti. In preparation for the grand opening, the Washtenaw County Health Department would like to invite service providers and community partners to come to the WCDC Open House, which will be held January 30th from 3-5 p.m. at the new clinic site. This clinic is county-owned, with the intent to serve people receiving Medicaid, and those that are low-income (serving up to 300% of the poverty level) or have no dental insurance.

Please share this information with anyone who may benefit from this service. If you are a service provider or would like flyers, posters or business cards to hand out, please contact Ruth Kraut, Program Administrator at the Washtenaw Health Plan. You can reach her at (734) 544-3068 or krautr@ewashtenaw.org. If you are an interested patient, please call 877-313-6232.

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