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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

Citizens United vs. the People Presentation at AADL
Four years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down campaign finance regulations dating back to 1907 and affirmed that corporations are entitled to the same rights of political free speech as individuals in Citizens United (CU).

In an effort to encourage public discussion on the consequences of this landmark decision, A2Ethics ( and the Interfaith Partnership for Political Action ( are hosting two special presentations (restoringthevoicefullbios-4-2.pdf):

Citizens United vs. The People Presentation
Tuesday, April 29, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Malletts Creek Library located at 3090 E. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor
Corporate Behavior vs. Human Moral Values: Why Corporate Responsibility Is Not Enough

Wednesday, April 30, 12 noon – 2 p.m.
Downtown Library located at 343 S. Fifth Avenue, Ann Arbor

Save the Date for Three Events in May at the AADL
Friday, May 2, 7-8 pm, 3rd floor: The Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled will host 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.

Sunday, May 4, 2-3:30 pm, Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room: Michael Hudson on Child in a Strange Country Or Why is Helen Keller At the Water Pump The Only Person Who Was Blind That Most Americans Know? Michael A. Hudson, Museum Director at the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind in Louisville, KY explores major advances made in learning and literacy for folks who are blind or visually impaired since 1784, and introduces a few interesting characters that most people do not know about. Michael has been the museum director at the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind since 2005. He holds an M.A. in the History of Technology from the University of Delaware and spent the first eighteen years of his professional life working in collections and exhibits at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort. This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up.

Wednesday, May 14, 10 am -3 pm: "VISIONS 2014: What's New in Technology for the Blind & Visually Impaired" will be held at the Washtenaw Community College Morris Lawerence Building. A variety of Michigan exhibitors will demonstrate the latest products and services for the blind and visually impaired.

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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

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 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)

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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