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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.

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.

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

AAATA Issues Advisory About Proposed Transportation Funding Cuts   

On December 17, the AAATA issued a media advisory regarding proposed transporation cuts, which if passed by the House could impact transportation resources for those in the disability community. The Commission for Disability Issues urges community members to read the below media announcement and take action today.

AAATA Media Advisory: We need YOUR immediate help. If the House Majority Leader succeeds in cutting public transportation funding, TheRide could see as much as $2 million dollars gutted from our budget.  That kind of cut is equivilant to more than all of TheRide's weekend service.  There is no way TheRide could absorb that kind of a revenue reduction without cutting service.
It looks as though the conference committee may look for an easy compromise and cutting transit fits that mark. Today there was not as much insistence on the full formula to fund roads and public transportation as in other days, and that is troubling.

The key message you could express to the leadership quadrant and Governor is this (you can read it verbatim if you are more comfortable doing that):
"Whatever resolution is found on transportation funding…it needs to include public transportation. Cuts to transit funding now will leave many seniors, disabled, veterans and students without adequate transportation and could severely curtail local transit operations. This would have far-reaching economic impacts on our community. Please include transit in any solution."
We need you to step up big time right now folks and help us with this, as our very existence could hang in the balance!  Please make phone calls this morning to the following offices…and also to your own local Senator(s) and House Representative(s).  You may leave the message with office staffers as you most likely won't get through to the legislators…volume of calls THIS MORNING is what we need!  If you don't get through…keep trying!  If you have to do so, assign one staff person this morning to this task until they get through!  It is that critical.
Leadership Quadrant:
Speaker Jase Bolger:      517.373.1787
Minority Leader Tim Greimel:    517.373.0475
Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville:   517.373.3543           
Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer:   517.373.1734
Governor Rick Snyder:    (517) 373-3400 or (517) 335-7858

  • Washtenaw County State House Districts include Districts 52, 53, 54 and 55.
  • Wayne County State House Districts include Districts 1-17 and 19-21
  • Macomb County State House Districts include Districts 18, 22, 24, 25, 28, 30-33 and 36,
  • Oakland County State House Districts include Districts 26, 27, 29, 35, 37-41, 43-46 and 51.

Calling your representatives office is preferable, but If you do send an email, please put "Transportation Vote" in the subject line. a

If you have any questions on this issue or if you would like to register your call/thoughts with TheRide, please e-mail Deb Freer at

Thank you for your continued support of public transportation options.
CTN Begins Closed-Captioning of Commission on Disability Issues Public Meetings

On Wednesday, September 17, Community Television Network (CTN) will launch 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

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)

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.

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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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