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 email@example.com or call 734.794.6110, ext. 41511. Questions about the commission, specifically, may be directed to staff liaison Amy Seavitt via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Save the date for two events in May 2014 at the AADL
The Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled will host a celebration on Saturday, May 3, 2014 to commemorate the AADL's 5th year serving as a subregional library of the national network of libraries serving the blind and physically disabled. The celebration will be held in conjunction with an opening reception for the American Printing House Museum's traveling exhibition: Child in a Strange Country: Helen Keller and the History of Education for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
"VISIONS 2014: What's New in Technology for the Blind & Visually Impaired" will be held at the Washtenaw Community College Morris Lawerence Building on Wednesday, May 14. A variety of Michigan exhibitors will demonstrate the latest products and services for the blind and visually impaired.
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 http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50146818n.
Michigan Needs Assessment Survey
Are you a person with a disability or do you have a friend or family member with a disability? Do you want to share your opinions about the needs and services for people with disabilities in your community? If yes, then please take a needs and assessment survey for people with disabilities in Michigan communities. Visit www.michigan.gov/mrs or call (517) 432-0273.
Liberty Plaza Sensory Garden Dedication Ceremony Held September 15
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)
The below functional impairment categories are derived from definitions included in the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, from the World Health Organization.
- Mental Function Impairment
Including cognitive, emotional, attention, etc.
- Visual Function Impairment
Including blindness, low vision, etc.
- Oral/aural Function Impairment
Including deafness and hearing, voice, speech, etc.
- Movement/mobility Function Impairment
Including muscular, skeletal, nervous system, etc.
- Other Function Impairment
Including chronic illness, chemical and other sensitivities, diet restrictions, endurance and pain issues, etc.
- Alphabetical List of Resources
Communication and Interface With City Government
Including voting, public meetings, city publications and information, notifications, media, ADA compliance issues, etc.
Including police, fire, emergency notification, snow and ice removal, etc.
Public Services and Utilities
Including trash and recycling pick-up, utility service assistance, etc.
Recreation, Sports, and Leisure
Including parks, recreation programs, sports, arts, culture, etc.
Streets, Buildings and Parking
Including sidewalks, roads, city buildings, housing assistance, parking, etc.
Including buses, trains, the Ann Arbor Airport, etc.
Alphabetical List of City Resources
PO Box 8647
Ann Arbor, MI 48107
Staff Liaison: Amy Seavitt
phone: 734-794-6120, extension 41203
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