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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 lwondrash@a2gov.org or call 734.794.6110, ext. 41511. Questions about the commission, specifically, may be directed to staff liaison Heather Koch via email at hkoch@a2gov.org or by calling 734.794.6120, ext. 41295.

In the News

Free Transportation to Feb. 23 NCD Meeting in Detroit

Transportation will be provided for those who want to travel to the National Council on Disability (NCD) Issues meeting on Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. Buses will depart from the East Lansing Marriott at 10 a.m. and the Ann Arbor Blake Transportation center at 11:15 a.m. Buses will return to Ann Arbor at 6 p.m. and arrive in East Lansing at 7:15 p.m. Public comment will be limited to three minutes from 2-2:30 p.m. Anyone interested, please email Odynorkin@gmail.com.

NCD is an independent federal agency charged with advising the President, Congress, and other federal agencies regarding policies, programs, practices, and procedures that affect people with disabilities. NCD is comprised of a team of Presidential and Congressional appointees, an Executive Director appointed by the Chair, and a full-time professional staff.

LSNC Hosts Free ASD-Friendly Event March 12 

On Sunday, March 12, 2017 Leslie Science & Nature Center will be hosting a FREE, ASD-friendly My Turn event from 10:00am-12:00pm. Explore Spring in the great outdoors at this nature-based MyTurn event! You can see live animals, try hands-on activities, and explore LSNC and Black Pond Woods using our app for iPads and iPhones designed specifically with your family in mind. All participants should come dressed for the weather--rain, snow, or shine--and be prepared to get messy and try new things! Accompanying adults should view our "Guidelines for Grown-ups" and  "Dressing for the Weather" guides for more information on how to get the most out of your family's visit.

Do you use a stroller, wheelchair, or other mobility device? While most activities will be in ADA accessible areas and buildings, our wooded trails are not paved or wood chipped and are difficult to navigate by strollers, wheelchairs, and other mobility devices. Please contact Etta Heisler, Camp & Public Programs Director if you would like to discuss how we can make this program most accessible for your family, 734-997-1553.
Space is limited and registration is required.

Michigan Flyer-Air Ride Announces Alternative Stops at DTW

Michigan Flyer-AirRide passengers now have a better choice of where to get on and off our coaches at Detroit Metro Airport’s McNamara Terminal.
Our “standard location” is still at the south end of the Ground Transportation Center (GTC) in the parking garage across the road from the terminal.

In addition, the airport recently set up new “alternative stops” closer to the terminal for people with disabilities—or anyone who needs extra time or assistance—along with their travel companions.

The new stops are a real plus for our passengers who fly airlines served by the McNamara Terminal—Delta, Air France and Virgin Atlantic:
Our “alternative stop” for picking up passengers from arriving flights is at Door 402 of the GTC indoor waiting area. That’s right near our customer service desk, where you’ll normally find an agent who’ll be happy to assist with luggage, baby strollers, etc.

 Our “alternative stop” for dropping off passengers for departing flights is at the Departures Level curb near the Air France/Delta entrance to the ticket counters. Our buses stop here after dropping other passengers at our “standard location.”

You can use the closer bus stops for any reason, and without having to explain why. The airport only requires that you ask to use the “alternative stops” in advance. There are three easy ways to do so:
 When purchasing your Michigan Flyer-AirRide tickets online, just write “alternative stop” in the Special Needs box on the Passenger Information webpage.
 Or, just tell your driver that you wish to use an alternative stop.
 Or, if you are in the GTC waiting area, just tell our agent at the customer service desk.


Of course, any passenger can board or de-board the bus at our “standard location” without advance notice. By the way, our coaches serve all of our stops at DTW, and drivers announce when their bus is approaching each stop. 

Ann Arbor In​​​clusiv​​​e​ Programs 

The Ann Arbor Commission on Disability Issues hosts a talk show program on CTN, called Ann Arbor Inclusive, which explores topics of interest to persons with abilities of every level, with a focus on awareness and education.  

If you have an idea for a show, or want to be featured, please email  a2disabilityissues@gmail.com.

Ann Arbor Center f​​or Independent Living Events 

Better Together Community Garden

The gardening season at the Ann Arbor CIL, is going great! If you still want to be involved, there are many community plots that require upkeep. The community workdays are Wednesdays from 12pm-2pm, and Fridays from 3 -6 pm. If you want to get involved in the garden and attend a workday please RSVP the garden coordinator at aacilgarden@gmail.com . All new garden participants need to complete a background check before they attend a workday and/or volunteer in the garden.

On the Job Tal​k Support Group

Getting a job isn’t easy; keeping your job can be even more challenging.
We know we can’t complain to our co-workers, and our families can tire
hearing about our dissatisfactions as well. On the Job Talk is a safe place to vent your frustrations and strategize work-life solutions. Whether you are an intern, new hire, mid-career, manager, executive or nearly retired, this group will provide support from others who share your struggles.
We Meet the Third Tuesday of the Month, 6-7:30 pm
For more information, or to contact us with accommodation requests, visit www.annarborcil.org or email careerservices@aacil.org.

Other ​​CIL Events

General Support Group: Meets every Tuesday from 1-2 p.m.
Diversability: Theater, Poetry, Music, Food, Games Wednesdays 5-7 p.m.

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 D​isability Issues

PO Box 8647

Ann Arbor, MI 48107

Staff Liaison: Heather Koch

email: hkoch@a2g​ov.org​  

phone: 734.794.6120, extension 41295

  • Unless otherwise noted on the city meetings and events calendar​, meetings are held monthly on the third Wednesday of each month with public comment time available. The monthly meetings take place at 3:15 p.m. in City Council chambers, second floor, Larcom City Hall, 301 E. Huron St. Watch the live me​eting​ online or view public meetings at your convenience online via CTN's video on demand.

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. 

Questions

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