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 Heather Koch via email at email@example.com or by calling 734.794.6120, ext. 41295.
In the News
Ann Arbor Inclusive 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.
- The September 28 program features the co-founder of Mt. Brighton Adaptive Sports discussing how their sports programs helps children and adults with disabilities participate in outdoor recreation. Watch the program online via CTN's Video on Demand.
- The October 12 program features the organizers of the annual UM Army-Navy Wheelchair Basketball Game discussing the details of this year’s game. Watch the program online via CTN's Video on Demand.
If you have an idea for a show, or want to be featured, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ann Arbor Center for 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 email@example.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 Talk 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Research Opportunity: Disability and Disasters
George Washington University is conducting research about how adults with physical disabilities think about and prepare for disasters. To take part in the study, adults must be 18 years or older; live in the United States; and self-identify as a person with a physical disability (limitations with physical functioning, mobility, dexterity or stamina; this includes difficulty walking, moving limbs, etc.).
Participants are invited to complete a survey online or by telephone.
The survey will take approximately 20-30 minutes when completed online and approximately 40 minutes when completed by telephone. Participants will receive a $10 gift card (from Amazon, iTunes, or Target) for their time and effort. Please email email@example.com or call (202) 994-1887 for more information.
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.
- 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
Ann Arbor Commission on Disability Issues
PO Box 8647
Ann Arbor, MI 48107
Staff Liaison: Heather Koch
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 meeting 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.
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 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.