Supportive Technology E-Cafe

On Tuesday, March 29th, students from Eastern Michigan University’s Therapeutic Recreation program will present iOS (Apple) apps centered around recreation and social supports for people with Intellectual and Developmental disabilities. Attendees will have the opportunity to try out the apps at various learning stations.

This hands-on learning event will be in the EMU Student Center, room 352, located at 900 Oakwood St, Ypsilanti. If you have any questions or would like to RSVP, please call 734-680-5255

Does Addiction Treatment Work?

You’re invited to Dawn Farm’s free Educational Series. All programs are presented in the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center auditorium, at 5305 Elliott Drive in Ypsilanti. The Education Series schedule can be found here.You can also contact Dawn Farm at 734-485-8725 or info@dawnfarm.org. All are welcome to attend! Registration is not required.

Recent publications claim to define research-supported definitive truths about the root causes of addiction and efficacy of treatment modalities; however conclusions are conflicting and have been subject to divergent interpretations. Feel confused? Dr. Carl Christensen, M.D. PhD, will review the recent criticisms of treatment for addiction including Twelve Step, residential, and medication assisted therapy, the scientific studies that do and do not support their use and other controversial issues. This program is Tuesday March 15, 2016; 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm.

Free Workshop Series for Seniors, People with Disabilities, and Advocates

Free Workshop Series for Seniors, People with Disabilities, and AdvocatesFree Workshop Series for Seniors, People with Disabilities, and AdvocatesTogether the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living (CIL) and Partners in Personal Assistance (PPA) have compiled a series of free workshops for seniors, people with disabilities and their advocates.

All of the workshops are free, but it is recommended you call ahead to either the CIL, (734) 971-0277, or PPA, (734) 214-3890, to reserve a spot as there is limited seating. Free parking is also available to attendees, as well as light refreshments.

The following workshops will take place from 3:00-4:30 p.m. at the Ann Arbor CIL at 3941 Research Park Drive:

- Thursday April 7, 2016 -
What Happens If I Can’t Live on My Own Any More?
Experts will let you know about independent, assisted and other living options.

- Thursday May 5, 2016 -
Menu Planning and Cooking for Health
Anna Dusbiber-Gossage will provide a workshop based on her experience with cooking classes.

- Thursday June 2, 2016 -
Preparing for End of Life
An attorney will address legal matters such as advance directives and durable power of attorney for health care and a social worker will address funeral planning and other steps to make the dying process a little easier for grieving families.

The following workshops will take place from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, RM 150 in the Liberal Arts and Science Building:

- Wednesday March 16, 2016 -
Self-Advocacy for Government Benefits
Bring your frustrations and we’ll troubleshoot!

- Thursday April 14, 2016 -
What Happens If I Can’t Live on My Own Any More?
Experts will let you know about independent, assisted and other living options.

- Thursday May 12, 2016 -
Preventing Abuse and Exploitation
Learn how to prevent physical and other abuse of elders and people with disabilities.

- Thursday June 9, 2016 -
Preparing for End of Life
An attorney will address legal matters such as advance directives and durable power of attorney for health care and a social worker will address funeral planning and other steps to make the dying process a little easier for grieving families.

Need a Picture ID?

If you've been asked for a picture ID and have been unable to produce it, you may likely be able to get a Washtenaw County ID Card. 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 de-stigmatize it for those who have no other identification card options.

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

Furnace Test and Tune Program


Thanks to Habitat for Humanity, you may qualify for a free tune-up of your furnace and free installation of energy saving measures. If your furnace is unsafe or un-repairable, you may qualify for a replacement furnace at a significantly reduced cost. You can find the eligibility requirements here. Following verification of eligibility, Habitat will have an approved HVAC contractor schedule a tune-up of your furnace. Pending appropriate analysis by the HVAC contractor, repairs exceeding the scope of a normal diagnostic tune-up may be eligible. Click here to enroll. If you have questions, please call 734-730-9441 or email furnace@h4h.org.

Washtenaw Community College Free College Day


Registration is now open for Washtenaw Community College Free College Day on March 5, 2016. Be a college student for the day - whether you're a college graduate or not yet out of middle school WCC faculty and staff are sure to engage your love of learning as they share their expertise. Courses are available in a variety of subjects, including career exploration, health and wellness, entrepreneurship and more. To reserve your spot, click here. For more information, call 734-973-3364

Healthcare Marketplace Enrollment Assistance

Thanks to the Washtenaw Health Initiative and the United Way of Wasthenaw County you can get help applying for 2016 health insurance on Saturday, January 30th from 9am to 3pm at the United Way of Washtenaw County office. No appointment is necessary and walk-ins are welcome. If you want to enroll in health insurance, you must bring the following with you:

* Social Security numbers (and immigration documents for legal immigrants) for everyone applying for coverage

* Employer and income information for every member of your household (for example, pay stubs or W2 forms)

* Policy information on health insurance if you or someone in your household have it from a job or another source

* Your best estimate of what your 2016 household income will be in 2016

Failure to get coverage may result in a 2016 tax penalty of $695 per person or 2.5% of your yearly income, whichever is higher. For additional information contact Krista Nordberg at 734-544-6778.

Small Business Funding Workshop at Washtenaw Community College

Join Kory Scheiber from the Small Business Development Center and Harriet Hughes from the University of Michigan Credit Union for Money Talks – Do You Speak Its Language? The Legends and Myths of Small Business Funding on Thursday, January 28 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the WCC Business Education Building, Room BE270. This presentation gives current or prospective entrepreneurs insight into different types of funding used by small businesses including loans, lines of credit, and crowdfunding. Also discussed will be the criteria used by loan officers to evaluate a loan request. A team of experts will demystify the lending process, discuss the importance of personal credit history, debunk the myths about grants, and share real life examples of successful funding applications across the different platforms. Register now!

Money Smart Classes for Adults

Through partnership with United Way, Washtenaw Literacy is offering free classes that include financial literacy curriculum professionally prepared by FDIC and presented by a staff member from United Way of Washtenaw County. Sessions will be 1-2:30 on Wednesdays, February 3 through April 6 at the Community Opportunity Center Computer Lab (1301 S. Harris in Ypsilanti). The curriculum will be presented 1-1:45, then, tutors will be available to help folks review materials, complete graphic organizers, and more. This is a great opportunity to improve your Money Smart knowledge! To register, or for more information, call 734-879-1320.

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