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.

Find Out How to Cut Costs & $ave!

Want to learn how to save money on your energy and water bills? Join us Wednesday, February 4th at 7:00 PM @ Malletts Creek Branch! If you're a DTE customer, you can receive a free, in-home assessment from them that provides you with items that can start saving you money on your utility bills pronto. In fact, you can borrow one of our energy meters to find out exactly which of your appliances or electronics are the energy-suckers. What sorts of items are provided by DTE, you ask? A whole bunch of new compact fluorescent light bulbs in a variety of styles; water-saving faucet aerators & shower heads. Learn all about the complimentary DTE Home Energy consultation and sign up for one for your home.

PIT Count Debrief

Following the bi-annual PIT count that took place (today) January 28th, the Office of Community and Economic Development will be hosting a community debrief at Washtenaw Community College’s Morris Lawrence building. The discussion will include a preliminary review of the PIT data, as well as a discussion on next steps in order for Washtenaw County to reach its goal of ending veteran and chronic homelessness as part of the Zero:2016 campaign. Coffee will be served and the public is encouraged to attend. Please contact Laura Urteaga-Fuentes if you have questions: urteagal@ewashtenaw.org or 734-544-3052

Center for Japanese Studies Special Event

Each year, approximately 30,000 Japanese die by suicide, a rate nearly double that of the U.S. The Center for Japanese Studies is hosting a local effort to educate the public about this problem by sponsoring a series of three free events over three days that combines film, lecture and discussion. It begins Thursday, February 5th, 12-1:30 at the School of Social Work with four brief presentations by Japanese Studies experts and U of M faculty, under the theme "Beyond Seppuku: A multidisciplinary Context to Suicide in Japan". On Friday, February 6th from 6:00-8:00 PM will be the screening of the award winning documentary Saving 10,000: Winning a War on Suicide in Japan at Palmer Commons. A discussion on suicide issues in the Japanese population will be led by a diverse panel after the screening.On Saturday, February 7th from 10:00 AM-Noon at the Holiday Inn, Livonia this film will be screened and the discussion afterword will be in Japanese. For more information email: umcjs@umich.edu

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.

AADL Songsters in the news!

This week, the AADL was featured in the Ann Arbor Public Schools News when students from Clague Middle School performed in the Multi-Purpose Room as part of our AADL Songsters program.

With their teacher Jeff Gaynor and local musician Nan Nelson, students learned to dance the Troika and perform two songs as part of a World Cultures and geography unit on Russia. Круто! Клево!

Workshop: Top 10 Tips for New Entrepreneurs

The Greater Washtenaw Region Michigan Small Business Development Center will be holding a workshop for new entrepreneurs on Tuesday, January 27 from 3 pm to 4:30 pm at the Washtenaw Community College Entrepreneurship Center in the Plant Operations building, room PO 120. The workshop, titled Top 10 Tips for New Entrepreneurs, will provide information on the basics of entrepreneurship including the mindset of an entrepreneur, pitching, mentorship, budgeting, planning and executing, business resources, and more. You can register by calling the Entrepreneurship Center at 734-249-5880 or the Small Business Development Center at 734-477-8765.

Can't attend the workshop but want to learn more about starting a small business? Check out AADL's resources!

Still Puzzled about Health Care?

Are you or anyone you know still in the market place for health insurance? We will have answers for some of your questions!

Monday January 26, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

In partnership with the Washtenaw Health Initiative (WHI) and the U-M group, the Health Policy Student Association, this session will provide information about health insurance options and will also provide information to refer community members to services that can directly enroll people into the coverage they’re eligible for. Some community members are enrolled in coverage that requires re-enrollment each year. The speaker will have information and assistance for attendees to learn about re-enrollment. Enrollment will not be conducted on-site.

A New Dental Clinic in Washtenaw County!

For folks who are uninsured & low income, dental concerns can be a big pain and we know they can lead to other medical issues. This new clinic, located in the Haab Health Building on Huron Street in Ypsilanti, will serve adults and children who are uninsured or low income, or who are enrolled in Medicaid, MIChild or Healthy Kids. The Dental Clinic is a program of Washtenaw County Public Health in partnership with Michigan Community Dental Clinics (MCDC), St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and the Washtenaw Health Plan and opens in February, 2015. They are now taking appointments. Call 877-313-6232 to schedule. Llame al 877-313-6232 para hacer su cita.

Resolution Check-In

We are about three weeks into the New Year, which is a great time to check in with those new year’s resolutions! If you’re like a lot of people, they’ve probably been left in the dust for a while, but there’s no reason not to pick them back up and try again. We’re not so far into the year that you can’t get back on the ball!

Luckily, the library is here to help in January and all year long with books, tools, events, and resources to help you meet your goals.

One of the most popular resolutions any new year is to get healthier and more active. Yoga can be a great way to ease into fitness, and it’s also a fantastic way to relax and decrease stress. The Library offers several yoga programs throughout the year, including Kundalini, Vinyasa, and other kinds of yoga. You can also check out a Neulog Pulse Meter from our Science Tools collection to monitor and compare your pulse rates during rest and different types of exercise. Make it an experiment or a game!

If 2015 is the year you will finally write the Great American Novel, or any kind of writing, join the Emerging Writers workshops and meetups, which each take place once a month. The group offers a chance to connect with other writers, ask questions, and have a dedicated time and place to work on writing projects.

Let me guess: you decided to get more organized this year, but you can’t find the paper you wrote down that resolution on because your desk is such a mess. This Organize Your Home book list can help you clean up and keep up with organizing your home, office, finances, and all that clutter. With these books and tips, you’ll be able to unearth your desk AND cross the resolution off your list!

I’m always aspiring to learn new skills, and the library is a perfect resource. Not only can you find tons of how-to books and videos on the shelves and a ton of craft programs, but we also have circulating sewing machines available for aspiring sewists and Big Shot Die Cutters which can be used to make great paper accents for scrapbook pages. If you want to learn more tech-related skills, Gamestart classes are offered in topics like Minecraft Modding and 3D Art and Animation.

Whatever your resolution or goal, let the Library get you on track to make a strong effort, no matter what time of year it is!

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