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 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.
In the News
ADA Legacy Bus Tour Will Stop in Detroit July 21
On July 21, 2015, the ADA Legacy Bus Tour will stop in Detroit and Michigan disability community member volunteers are needed to help plan bus stop celebration events, volunteer at the event, and financially support it. For more information visit https://adamichigan.wordpress.com or contact Susan Fitzmaurice at 248.767.2217.
Harvard and MIT Face Lawsuit for Lack of Online Captioning
Read Campus Technology article
Express Your Views on the MITrain Railcar Fleet
The House Transportation Committee has undertaken an inquiry about MDOT rail car leases. This is in response to a critical article in the Detroit Free Press on Sunday February 1, 2015.
These cars have excited crowds throughout Southeast Michigan, during static displays and revenue service, including the Howell Melon Fest and the North Pole Express.
Those wishing to call or email with their views may follow up with any or all of the Committee members.
Online Survey Available Regarding Accessibility of Hotels
The Department of Kinesiology, Sport Studies, and Physical Education (KSSPE) at the College at Brockport, SUNY is conducting a study to determine the accessibility of hotels and accommodation facilities with the life experiences of students or people with disabilities. Survey results are expected to help improve the accessibility of accommodation facilities. The online survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and is intended to be taken by those with disabilities or those who travel with people with disabilities.
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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com 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.