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 email the city communications office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 734.794.6110, ext. 41511. Questions about the commission, specifically, may be directed to staff liaison Amy Seavitt via email at email@example.com 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
CTN Offers Closed-Captioniong Service of Commission on Disability Issues Public Meetings
Community Television Network (CTN) offers closed-captioning service for the Commission on Disability Issues public meeting. Sign language interpretation will continue to be provided as well.
The Commission on Disability Issues meetings are held at 3:15 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month in the Larcom City Hall building, Council Chambers Second Floor, 301 E. Huron St.
Other viewing options for meetings include: Comcast cable channel 16; live web streaming http://a2govtv.pegstream.com/ or online video on demand http://a2govtv.pegcentral.com/.
Please note, the Commission on Disability Issues November and December meetings will be held at CTN due to Larcom City Hall Council Chamber renovation activities. CTN is located at 2805 S. Industrial, Suite 200. Due to the meeting relocation, closed-captioning of the November and December meeting will not be possible, but will resume in January 2015.
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)
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
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.
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