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The City of Ann Arbor values all of its citizens, regardless of ability. Our mission statement reads, in part: "The City of Ann Arbor is committed to providing excellent municipal services that enhance the quality of life for all."  

The Ann Arbor Commission on Disability Issues has evolved from a commission created and convened by Mayor Robert Harris and City Council in 1969, and maintained through the years under various names. The city collaborated with and drew from its Disability Commission to create this resource page.

This page is a work in progress, and your questions and feedback are welcomed! Please e-mail the city communications office at or call 734.794.6110, ext. 41511. Questions about the commission, specifically, may be directed to staff liaison Amy Seavitt via e-mail at or by calling 734.794.6120, ext. 41203.

If you are interested in serving on the Disability Commission, please fill out a Board and Commission application (PDF) or visit the City Clerk's website for more information.

In the News

Legal Workshop June 28 for the Deaf and HoH Community 

A free legal workshop including ASL interpreted, will be held on June 28 from 2-4 p.m. at the Mallets Creek Library with presentations by:
Barbara Kelly, Deputy Friend of the Court for Washtenaw County, on services for child support, custody and parenting time;
Angie Martell, Iglesia Martell Law Firm, PLLC,
on your legal rights in family, divorce, custody and employment law; 
John Seto, Ann Arbor Chief of Police on interacting with the Police as a deaf or HoH person
Mel Whalen, PhD, Deaf Psychologist
how counseling can hep you through difficult times.


CBS Features Bird Recordings 
CBS News recently featured blind birders who got an assist from the Macaulay Library at Cornell University when its entire collection of over 7,500 hours of animal sounds were made available online. Director Mike Webster explains how the recordings will guide blind people to better enjoy nature. Listen to the news segment online at

Liberty Plaza Sensory Garden Dedication Ceremony Held September 15, 2013  
The Ann Arbor Commission on Disability Issues held a public Sensory Garden Dedication Ceremony in Liberty Plaza on Sunday, September 15. The Sensory Garden was planted on Saturday, May 18, 2013. The garden is located on the corner of E. Liberty and S. Division in one of the raised beds within Liberty Plaza. Read the entire article with photos (PDF) Read Sensory Garden letter with photos from Disability Commission Chair (PDF)

Resources by Functional Impairment Category

The below functional impairment categories are derived from definitions included in the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, from the World Health Organization.

City Services/Accommodations

Ann Arbor Commission on Disability Issues

PO Box 8647

Ann Arbor, MI 48107

Staff Liaison: Amy Seavitt

phone: 734-794-6120, extension 41203

Our vision is: An Ann Arbor whose facilities, programs, businesses and organizations are accessible to persons of all abilities, and where inclusion and full-and-equitable participation in community life are available to everyone. 


Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

We are committed to improving the accessibility of this site. If you have any additional questions and/or cannot fully access the information on any Web page of this site, please e-mail the city communications office at or to describe the accessibility issue.  We will try to provide the information to you in an alternate format or make the necessary improvements to make the information accessible.


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