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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.

Disability Commission Application 

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.

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.

This page is a work in progress, and your questions and feedback are welcomed! Please email 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 email at or by calling 734.794.6120, ext. 41203.

In the News

Free Workshop January 20: Affordable Housing Options for Seniors and People with Disabilities

Washtenaw Association for Community Advocacy and Partners in Personal Assistance are offering free workshops each month related to the needs of senior citizens and people with disabilities. On Tuesday, January 20, 2015 the workshop "Affordable Housing Options for Seniors and People with Disabilities" will be offered at 6:30pm at Washtenaw Community College's Gunder Myran building, Room 316.

The free speaker series, to be held through May of 2015 at Washtenaw Community College, will educate the public about important issues regarding disabilities and aging, and increase outreach about services available, offering follow-up support/assistance for help in each area covered. The speaker series is co-hosted and sponsored by Partners in Personal Assistance (PPA) and Washtenaw Association for Community Advocacy (ACA) as part of their missions of education and service to the community.  Since seating is limited to approximately 40 persons per workshop, reservations are recommended by calling PPA, 734) 214-3890 or Washtenaw ACA, (734) 662-1256.

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 or online video on demand

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. 


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