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​ABLEDATA

http://www.abledata.com/
8630 Fenton Street 
Suite 930 
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(800) 227-0216

ABLEDATA provides objective information about assistive technology products and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources. Although ABLEDATA does not sell any products, they can help you locate the companies that do.

Access Board, U.S.

http://www.access-board.gov/ 
1331 F Street NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20004-1111
(800) 872-2253
(800) 993-2822  TTY

The Board is structured to function as a coordinating body among federal agencies and to directly represent the public, particularly people with disabilities. Twelve of its members are representatives from most of the federal departments.  Thirteen others are members of the public appointed by the President, a majority of whom must have a disability. The Access Board is an independent federal agency that promotes equality for people with disabilities through leadership in accessible design and the development of accessibility guidelines and standards.

Accessible Design for the Blind

http://www.accessforblind.org/ 
Barlow Design, Inc. dba Accessible Design for the Blind
3 Manila Street
Asheville, NC 28806
(770) 317-0611

Accessible Design for the Blind is committed to making travel safer for pedestrians with disabilities through research, consultation, education and advocacy. There are Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists with a long history of teaching safe travel techniques to pedestrians who are blind or who have low vision, many of whom also have cognitive, mobility or hearing impairments. Building on this direct service background, they have participated in an extensive research program designed to make the built environment more accessible to pedestrians with disabilities.

Affordable Colleges Online (ACO)

http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/resources-for-students-with-disabilities/
140 Washington St. LL-30
Reno, NV 89503
info@affordablecollegesonline.org

 With the advances of adaptive technologies and trend toward progressive legislation, prospective college students with disabilities now have countless resources available to make their transition to postsecondary education less stressful. Affordable Colleges Online (ACO) helps students find affordable college options and provides information about financial aid and college rankings. ACO creates in-depth resources that address topics, questions and concerns related to higher education with an eye on affordability and accreditation. Resources include comprehensive guidebooks, student interviews, user-friendly search tools, federal datasets and other materials created and vetted by experts in their fields.

Alzheimer Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter

http://www.alz.org
310 North Main Street, Suite 100
Chelsea, MI 48118
Click on the link to find the regional office nearest you.
(800) 272-3900  24 hours/7 days a week

Our group works on a global, national and local level to enhance care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and related dementia. We are one of many chapters across the nation, providing services within each community. We have a professionally staffed 24/7 Helpline that offers information and advice and we can connect people across the globe through online message boards. We provide caregivers and families with comprehensive online resources and information which features sections on early-stage, middle-stage and late-stage care giving and can help people find clinical trials. We are here to help!

Alzheimer's Foundation of America 

http://alzfdn.org 
322 8th Ave., 7th Fl.
New York, NY 10001
(866) 232-8484

We unite more than 1,600 member organizations from coast-to-coast that are dedicated to meeting the educational, social, emotional and practical needs of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses, and their caregivers and families. Under AFA's umbrella, these organizations collaborate on education, resources, best practices and advocacy —all resulting in better care for people affected by the disease. Our focus is "Caring for the Nation...One Person at a Time."

American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD)

http://www.aapd.com
1629 K Street NW, Suite 503
Washington, DC 20006
(800) 840-8844 (Voice/TTY)

The American Association of People With Disabilities is the largest national nonprofit cross-disability member organization in the United States, dedicated to ensuring economic self-sufficiency and political empowerment for the more than 56 million Americans with disabilities. AAPD works in coalition with other disability organizations for the full implementation and enforcement of disability nondiscrimination laws, particularly the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

American Council of the Blind (ACB)

http://www.acb.org/
2200 Wilson Boulevard,
Suite 650,
Arlington, VA 22201-3354
(800) 424-8666

The Council strives to improve the well-being of all blind and visually impaired people by: serving as a representative national organization of blind people; elevating the social, economic and cultural levels of blind people; improving educational and rehabilitation facilities and opportunities; cooperating with the public and private institutions and organizations concerned with blind services; encouraging and assisting all blind persons to develop their abilities and conducting a public education program to promote greater understanding of blindness and the capabilities of blind people.

American Diabetes Association

www.diabetes.org  
Attn: Center for Information
1701 North Beauregard Street
Alexandria, VA 2231
(800) 342-2383

We lead the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fight for those affected by diabetes by funding research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes. We deliver services to hundreds of communities and provide objective and credible information. We give voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes.

American Foundation for the Blind

http://www.afb.org/
2 Penn Plaza, Suite 1102
New York, NY 10121
(212) 502-7600

In the last decade, we have helped to ensure that children with visual impairments receive their textbooks and classroom materials at the same time as their sighted peers. That iPhones, iPods, and iPads are accessible and popular prime-time and children's TV shows are video described. Pharmacies use best practices in providing accessible prescription drug labeling to customers with vision loss. We have led the blindness community for over nine decades, proving that vision loss need not stand in the way of success.

Amtrak - Traveling With Amtrak - Special Needs and Accessibility

http://www.amtrak.com/accessible-travel-services
325 Depot St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 994-4906
(800) 872-7245
(800) 523-6590  TDD/TTY
Also to contact Amtrak click on the link above and use their “Contact Us” option

Our goal is to provide safe, efficient and comfortable service to all of our passengers. We are pleased to provide additional services to passengers with disabilities. Amtrak supports the Americans with Disabilities Act and we have worked to make our facilities more accessible to customers with disabilities.

Ann Arbor ADA Complaint Procedure (APP)

http://www.a2gov.org/Pages/Accessibility.aspx
City Clerk's Office
301 E. Huron St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104Ann
(734) 794-6140

City of Ann Arbor administrative policy #108 - Americans with Disabilities Act Complaint Procedures designates the Ann Arbor City Clerk as coordinator for ADA compliance. The clerk’s office will maintain grievance forms for allegations of disability discrimination related to city services.

Ann Arbor Airport

http://www.a2gov.org/government/publicservices/fleetandfacility/Airport/Pages/default.aspx 
801 Airport Drive
Ann Arbor, MI  48103
(734) 994-2841

The Ann Arbor Airport is a municipally owned airport operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They offer a full array of services including aircraft fuel, aircraft maintenance, flight instruction and car rental. It is home to over 180 aircraft housed in hangars owned and leased out by the Airport.

American Heart Association

http://www.heart.org
National Office
7272 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75231
(800) 242-8721

Local Detroit area branch:
http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Affiliate/Southfield/Michigan/Home_UCM_MWA007_AffiliatePage.jsp 

40 Oak Hollow St. Suite 220
Southfield, MI  48033
(248) 936-5800

Their mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. That single purpose drives all they do. The need for their work is beyond question. Cardiovascular diseases and stroke are the #1 cause of death. Survivors, volunteers, advocates, healthcare providers, donors - all are building healthier lives in Michigan.

Ann Arbor Stroke Association
http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/
7272 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75231
(800) 242-8721

Our mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. That single purpose drives all we do. The need for our work is beyond question.

Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living (AACIL)

http://www.annarborcil.org/
3941 Research Park Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
(734) 971-0277

Assists people with disabilities and their families in having full and productive lives. Our mission is to assure the quality of opportunity full participation, independent living and economic self sufficiency of people with disabilities in our community.

Ann Arbor Commission on Disability Issues
Meeting Information
Attn: Heather Koch
PO Box 8647
301 East Huron Street
Ann Arbor, MI  48107-8647
734.794.6120, extension 41295​
Send emails to: a2disabilityissues@gmail.com
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. Meetings on the third Wednesday of each month with public comment time available. Meetings are televised by CTN with closed captioning and a  picture-in-picture sign language interpreter.

All persons are encouraged to participate in public meetings. Accommodations, including sign language interpreters, may be arranged by contacting the city clerk's office at 734.794.6140; via email to cityclerk@a2gov.org; or by written request addressed and mailed or delivered to:

City Clerk's Office, 301 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Requests need to be received at least two business days in advance of the meeting.

Visit the accessiblity website for more information.  

Ann Arbor Housing Commission
http://www.a2gov.org/departments/planning-development/housing/Pages/default.aspx
(734) 794-6720
727 Miller Ave
Ann Arbor, MI  48103
(734) 794-6720

Ann Arbor Housing Commission (AAHC) seeks to provide desirable housing and related supportive services for low-income individuals and families on a transitional and/or permanent basis. AAHC will partner with housing and service providers to build healthy residential communities and promote an atmosphere of pride and responsibility.

Section 8 Rental Assistance:  The AAHC administers Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers. These Vouchers allow a participant to live in a privately owned rental unit with the AAHC subsidizing their rent for the difference between 30% of their income and the monthly rent charged.

Low Rent Public Housing: The AAHC manages and maintains low income rental housing units at 17 sites in the city of Ann Arbor. We provide housing for the elderly, disabled, and for families. Unit sizes range from 1-5 bedroom units. The rent charged is 30% of the adjusted family income of the tenant. Residents have the option of choosing a flat rate for their rent.  Our new residents are eligible applicants chosen from our waiting list.

Ann Arbor Project Grow: Discovery Gardens
http://projectgrowgardens.org/community-gardens/discovery-gardens
P.O. Box 130293
Ann Arbor, MI  48103
(734) 996-3169

Project Grow's core focus is facilitating organic community garden sites throughout Ann Arbor. Each site offers a variety of plot types that accommodate diverse gardeners -- we want as many thumbs turning green as possible! All of our sites use sustainable practices, enriching the land through natural soil improvement, organic growing methods, and careful stewardship. Everyone is welcome to apply for a plot. Specially designed raised garden beds, with accessible pathways, for gardeners who use a wheelchair are offered at both Discovery Garden locations. Additionally, the Discovery Garden located at the County Farm Park is well suited for low-vision or no-vision gardeners. Instructional help and guidance is available for the visually impaired gardener upon request. Our mission is to provide the space, education, and inspiration to make organic gardening accessible to all.

Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AAATA)
http://www.theride.org/
Business Office:
2700 S. Industrial Hwy
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 973-6500
TTD (734) 973-6997

Blake Transit Center:
328 S. Fifth Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Trip Planning Information: (734) 996-0400
Night Ride: (734) 528-5432
See: Aride and MyRide for accessible ride service information 

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide), a not-for-profit unit of government, operates the local public transit system for the greater Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area. TheRide enables the area's residents to reach their destinations at reasonable cost, and offers the region efficient, environmentally sound transportation alternatives. In addition to fixed route buses, TheRide offers many other services such as door-to-door accessible services (Aride),  mobility management services (MyRide), van pools, express buses, and more.

Avalon Housing Inc.
http://www.avalonhousing.org 
1327 Jounes Dr   (*take out the suite number it is no longer on the website)
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
(734) 663-5858

A community-based, non-profit organization that was created in 1992 to develop, own, and manage permanent supportive housing. Our mission is to provide affordable housing and support services for Washtenaw County's lowest income households, with a priority on people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness,  and who have a mental or physical disability.

Bookshare
http://www.bookshare.org 
480 S. California Ave
Palo Alto, CA  94306
(650) 352-0198

Bookshare insures that all individuals with print disabilities have equal and timely access to print materials. They are an online library of digital books for people with print disabilities. It operates under an exception to U.S. copyright law which allows copyrighted digital books to be made available to people with qualifying disabilities.

Bureau of Services for Blind Persons

(formerly Michigan Commission For the Blind)”
www.michigan.gov/BSBP

Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs,
201 N. Washington Square, 2nd Floor
P.O. Box 30652
Lansing, Michigan 48909
(517) 373-2062
(800) 292-4200
(517) 373-4025    TTY
(888) 864-1212   TTY

The Bureau of Services for Blind Persons was established by Executive Order 2012-10, issued by Governor Rick Snyder on June 27, 2012. This executive order established the Commission for Blind Persons, indicating the responsibilities for this advisory commission. The executive order took effect on October 1, 2012. Check out the web stie for services.

Bus Service In Ann Arbor

See Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AAATA).

Camp Quality USA, Inc.
http://campqualityusa.com/
1444 Mockingbird Circle
Stow, OH 44224
(330) 671-0167

Camp Quality lets kids with cancer be kids again. They serve children with cancer and their families by providing year-round programs, experiences, and companionship, at no cost. Camp Quality promotes hope and inspiration while helping children foster life skills and develop their full potential.

Ann Arbor Communications Office
http://www.a2gov.org/departments/communications/Pages/CommunicationsOffice.aspx
Communications Director
Lisa Wondrash
734.794.6152
Email: lwondrash@a2gov.org

The City of Ann Arbor Communications office is committed to communication practices that enhance citizen and employee understanding of city objectives, issues, decisions and challenges. Equally important, the communications office seeks to increase citizen engagement and offer meaningful opportunities for feedback about city services and operations.

The Communications office also operates CTN, one of the oldest access television operations in the country. Funded from cable franchise fees, CTN offers Ann Arbor residences and non-profit organizations free multimedia resources and video training opportunities. CTN's local programming is available online via Video on Demand and via Comcast cable channels 16, 17, 18 and 19.

All persons are encouraged to participate in public meetings. Accommodations, including sign language interpreters, may be arranged by contacting the city clerk's office at 734.794.6140; via email to cityclerk@a2gov.org; or by written request addressed and mailed or delivered to: City Clerk's Office, 301 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Requests need to be received at least two business days in advance of the meeting.

Visit the accessiblity webpage for more information.  

CodeRED

http://www.a2gov.org/departments/emergency-management/Pages/Alert-Systems.aspx#codered

The CodeRED™ Emergency Telephone Calling System is used for mass emergency notifications to notify residents and businesses, within minutes, of an emergency or a potential hazard. The system will call each number and will leave voice mail messages on landlines and cell phones. You can select text, cell phone, home phone and even email notification options. When registering, it is important to set up an account so you can manage and update your own contact information. This free and vital service is managed by the City of Ann Arbor office of emergency management.

Community Mental Health, Washtenaw County (CMH)

Community Support and Treatment Services
www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/community_mental_health/
555 Towner St.
P.O. Box 915
Ypsilanti, MI 48198
(734) 544-3000

We support the people we serve in leading lives rich in community membership and personal fulfillment. We accomplish our purpose through excellence in service to individuals and families, advocacy and education, and partnerships and alliances with others who share our vision. Our goal is that consumers belong to and participate in a community that they choose, that families maintain their relationship with their loved ones, that, CSTS Staff are a team of valued, qualified employees committed to excellence in service, and. Washtenaw County is an inclusive community that offers a high quality life to all.

C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital – Support Groups

http://www.mottchildren.org/mott-support-services 
1540 East Hospital Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(734) 936-6641

At C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, we do more than provide the most advanced medical care available to your child. Our reach extends to a wide variety of support systems we’ve put into place to help you, your child and your family make your way through potentially challenging times. From our team of specialists trained to help your child cope with difficult medical procedures to spiritual guidance in time of need, we’re here to support you each and every step of the way.

Department of Human Services, Michigan (DHS) in Washtenaw County

http://www.michigan.gov/dhs

22 Center St.
Ypsilanti, MI 48198
(734) 481-2000
(734) 481-2119 TTD
Cash, Food, Medical, or Home & Burial Assistance: (855) 275-6424  (855-ASK-MICH)
Child Support: (866) 540-0008
Report Abuse and Neglect: (855) 444-3911

The Department of Human Services (DHS) is Michigan’s public assistance, child and family welfare agency.  DHS directs the operations of public assistance and service programs through a network of over 100 county departments around the state.

Department of Justice ADA Webpage

“See Americans with Disability Act (ADA)” 
www.ADA.gov

Information line and Technical assistance:
(800) 514-0301     
(800)514-0383  TTY

Disability Rights Section:
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Civil Rights Division
Disability Rights Section - NYA
Washington, D.C. 20530
(202) 307-0663

Specialists are available to provide ADA information and answers to technical questions. The regulations, technical assistance materials and publications are available in standard print as well as in alternate formats for people with disabilities. Call the ADA Information Line 24-hours a day to order through the automated system.

Department of Justice - Section 508 Home Page

http://www.section508.gov/

One Constitution Square
1275 First Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20417
ATTN: SECTION 508 HELP DESK
For Technical Assistance with Section 508 contact the Access Board at 508@access-board.gov

Section 508 requires that Federal agencies' electronic and information technology is accessible to people with disabilities. IT Accessibility & Workforce Division, in the U.S. General Services Administration's Office of Governmentwide Policy, has been charged with the task of educating Federal employees and building the infrastructure necessary to support Section 508 implementation. Using this web site, Federal employees and the public can access resources for understanding and implementing the requirements of Section 508.

Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center 

www.adagreatlakes.org

Provides information, training, and technical assistance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Great Lakes ADA Center
University of Illinois at Chicago
Institute on Disability & Human Development (MC 728)
1640 West. Roosevelt Road, Room 405
Chicago, IL 60608

Main Number:
(312) 413-1407   V/TTY
Technical Assistance:
(800) 949-4232   V/TTY

The Great Lakes ADA Center's mission is to increase awareness and knowledge with the ultimate goal of achieving voluntary compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. This is accomplished within targeted audiences through provision of customized training, expert assistance, and dissemination of information developed by various sources, including the federal agencies responsible for enforcement of the ADA. We are not an enforcement or regulatory agency, but a helpful resource supporting the ADA's mission to "make it possible for everyone with a disability to live a life of freedom and equality."

Disability.gov

https://www.disability.gov

Disability.gov, is a federal government website for comprehensive information on disability policies, programs and services in communities nationwide.  They connect you, your family and caregiver(s) to important information about disability benefits, health care, and housing programs, as well as tools and resources for students making the transition from high school to college or work.  You’ll also learn about programs in your community that can help you find a job, access transportation and get the services and supports you need to live independently.  Disability.gov is an “information and referral” website and cannot provide personalized advice. Please note that Disability.gov does NOT process requests for disability benefits checks. You need to visit the Social Security Administration (SSA) instead.

Division of Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DODHH)

http://www.michigan.gov/mdcr/0,4613,7-138-28545---,00.html
Division Phone: (877) 499-6232
Division Videophone: (517) 507-5223
Contact us: DODHH@Michigan.gov
  

This state office concentrates on helping improve the lives of Michigan's 1 million Deaf and Hard of Hearing citizens. Our mission is affirming the indisputable right of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons to secure effective communication.

DTE Payment Assistance Programs

https://www2.dteenergy.com  then click on “Residential”,  then “Payment Assistance” at bottom of first list
DTE Energy
P.O. Box 740786
Cincinnati, OH 45274-0786
(800) 477-4747
Emergency Numbers:
Customer Service/ Power Outage or Downed Power Line Emergency  (800) 477-4747
Natural Gas Emergency or Leak  (800) 947-5000

DTE offers several programs to assist customers with paying their energy bills. Please contact us at 800-477-4747 BEFORE your service is subject to shutoff. We will work with you to set up a payment plan or advise you of assistance agencies in your area.

Elections

http://www.a2gov.org/departments/city-clerk/Elections/Pages/Elections.aspx

Information about absentee ballots, accessible voting, and your polling location are available through the City Clerk's website.  Questions about accessibility of polling places should be directed to the City Clerk. 

e-Michigan Deaf and Hard of Hearing People

Michigan Coalition for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People

http://www.michdhh.org/

For questions about the E–Michigan Web site or the Michigan Coalition for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People write to: info@michdhh.org
(586) 778-4188
FAX: (586) 285-1842

The mission of the Coalition is to provide a forum to promote networking, communication, and information sharing, collaboration and service delivery through the mutual efforts of its diverse membership. To put it simply, we are a dedicated group of people who are Deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing, working together to improve life in Michigan for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Eastern Michigan University Disability Resource Center

http://www.emich.edu/drc/
240 Student Center
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
(734) 48702470

We work collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff to create an inclusive educational environment for students. We acknowledge that classroom and campus accessibility needs and considerations is expanding as more classes and campus experiences incorporate online and technological components. We are happy to discuss any course or campus barriers that may be preventing access to education and an equitable campus experience for students.

Federal Relay Service (FedRelay)

http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/104626?utm_source=FAS&utm_medium=print-radio&utm_term=fedrelay&utm_campaign=shortcuts 

FedRelay provides telecommunications services for federal agencies and tribal governments to conduct official business with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities.
The general public who are deaf or hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities can also use this service to conduct business with federal agencies. Please follow the instructions for each service. There are six services.

Garbage Collection

See Solid Waste Collection

Great Lakes ADA Center (DBTAC)

http://www.adagreatlakes.org/

Great Lakes ADA Center
University of Illinois at Chicago
Institute on Disability & Human Development (MC 728)
1640 West. Roosevelt Road, Room 405
Chicago, IL 60608
Main Number:  (312) 413-1407   V/TTY
Technical Assistance:  (800) 949-4232   V/TTY

The Great Lakes ADA Center's mission is to increase awareness and knowledge with the ultimate goal of achieving voluntary compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. This is accomplished within targeted audiences through provision of customized training, expert assistance, and dissemination of information developed by various sources, including the federal agencies responsible for enforcement of the ADA. We are not enforcement or regulatory agency, but a helpful resource supporting the ADA's mission to "make it possible for everyone with a disability to live a life of freedom and equality."

Handicap Parking in Ann Arbor

Residential handicap parking spaces can be requested.

It is the policy of the City of Ann Arbor to accommodate, where possible, requests for on-street disability accessible parking. A resident with a disability may request that the City designate an on-street disability accessible parking space in the vicinity of his or her residence. The City will add signage and designation where feasible, at no charge to the resident. A business may request that the City designate an on-street disability accessible
parking space in the vicinity of the business.

Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan

http://www.hfmich.org
1921 W. Michigan 
Ypsilanti, MI 48197-4816
(734) 544-0015

The Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan strives to improve the quality of life for all people affected by hemophilia, von Willebrand disease, other coagulation disorders and related complications (including HIV/AIDS and hepatitis). HFM offers numerous programs to support people living with bleeding and clotting disorders. Woman, youth and HIV/AIDS patients are offered programs including education and support. Telephone consulting, financial aid, scholarships, and free or low cost dental care can be found thru HFM.

Housing Bureau for Seniors 

http://www.med.umich.edu/seniors/

Housing Bureau for Seniors
Turner Senior Resource Center
2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
(734) 998-9339 

The Housing Bureau for Seniors is a place where people, 55 and older, can find answers to questions about housing and care options. It is a community support for seniors and caregivers seeking advice or information on planning ahead, making transitions or handling a crisis.

Huron Valley HIV/AIDS Resource Center (HARC) - Now Merged with Unified 

http://www.miunified.org/Home 
3075 Clark Rd
Suite 203
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
(734) 572 9355

Mission: Rooted in the history of our fight against HIV, UNIFIED - HIV Health and Beyond advances prevention, access to health care, community research and advocacy.

Job Accommodation Network

http://www.jan.wvu.edu/
(800) 526-7234 (V)
(877) 781-9403 (TTY)

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employ-ability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace. JAN’s trusted consultants offer one-on-one guidance on workplace accommodations, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related legislation, and self-employment and entrepreneurship options for people with disabilities. Assistance is available both over the phone and online. Those who can benefit from JAN’s services include private employers of all sizes, government agencies, employee representatives, and service providers, as well as people with disabilities and their families.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF)

http://jdrf.org/
26 Broadway
New York, NY 10004
(800) 533-CURE (2873)

JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence, and a working plan to better treat, prevent, and eventually cure T1D.

Leader Dogs for the Blind

http://www.leaderdog.org/
1039 S. Rochester Rd.
Rochester Hills, MI 48307
Main Number: 248-651-9011
(888) 777-5332 (Voice)
(248) 651-3713 (TTY)

Founded by three Detroit-area Lions Clubs members in 1939, Leader Dogs for the Blind empowers people who are blind, visually impaired or Deaf-Blind with skills for a lifetime of independent travel, opening doors that may seem to have closed with the loss of sight. Thanks to the generosity of our dedicated supporters, all programs are provided free to clients, including meals and housing during training, travel and equipment. Leader Dog programs are crafted to address individual situations and adapt to our clients’ changing needs at any point in their lives. From youth camp to orientation and mobility cane training through guide dog training and GPS technology integration, Leader Dog’s programs give clients the confidence and skills they need to live independent lives.

LifeLine 

http://www.fcc.gov/lifeline

Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20554
(888) 225-5322  Voice
(888) 835-5322  TTY
(844) 432-2275  Videophone for ASL

The Lifeline program has provided a discount on phone service for qualifying low-income consumers to ensure that all Americans have the opportunities and security that phone service brings, including being able to connect to jobs, family and emergency services. In 2005, Lifeline discounts were made available to qualifying low-income consumers on pre-paid wireless service plans in addition to traditional landline service. Lifeline is part of the Universal Service Fund. The Lifeline program is available to eligible low-income consumers in every state, territory, commonwealth, and on Tribal lands. Consumers with proper proof of eligibility may be qualified to enroll.

Metro Detroit HELP (MDH)
A Herpes Support Group
http://www.annarborhelp.org
Headquarters
P.O. Box 781
Clarkston MI 48347
(586) 445-4919   Messages are checked daily and you will get a return call within 24 hours.

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Support Meetings
St. Joseph Hospital
Administration Services Building/Education Center
Room 2B25 (on 2nd floor across from elevator)
5305 Elliott Drive
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197

MDH is a support group for people with herpes and HPV. We offer support, information, understanding, and sharing of personal experience in a non-judgmental atmosphere. HELP meetings are open to people with herpes and their partners. The meetings have varying formats including discussion, videos, and speakers. The purpose is to share our strength, knowledge, and experience. Many of our members have 10 or more years experience dealing with herpes. Feedback from other members often helps to see things from a different, more positive perspective.

Michigan AIDS Hotline

http://www.aidspartnership.org 
Fisher Building
3011 W. Grand Blvd., Suite 230
Detroit, MI 48202
(800) 872-aids (1437)
(313) 446-9800

The most passionately committed HIV/AIDS organization in the area. They are interested in only two things: prevention of the disease and providing the very best services for those who are infected. They know all the latest developments about the disease, and will gladly tell you. They have no secrets; there is nothing too “private” or embarrassing to discuss and take HIV and AIDS personally.

Michigan Department of Education: Special Education and Early Intervention Services (OSE-EIS)

http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,1607,7-140-6530_6598---,00.html 

608 W. Allegan Street
P.O. Box 30008
Lansing, MI  48909
517-373-3324

The function of the Office of Special Education (OSE) is the general supervision, administration, and funding of special education programs and services for children and youth with disabilities ages 3-21. A free appropriate public education (FAPE) is provided to eligible children according to federal statute and regulations, state statute, administrative rules, and department procedures.

Michigan Protection and Advocacy (MPAS)

http://www.mpas.org/
4095 Legacy Pkwy Ste 500
Lansing, MI 48911-4264
(517) 487-1755  
(800) 288-5923 (Voice or TTY)

Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS) is the independent, private, nonprofit organization designated by the governor of the State of Michigan to advocate and protect the legal rights of people with disabilities in Michigan. MPAS services include information and referral, short-term assistance, selected individual and legal representation, systemic advocacy, monitoring, and training.

Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS)

http://www.michigan.gov/mdcd/0,1607,7-122-25392---,00.html 

Ann Arbor Main MRS Office
3810 Packard Road, Suite 170
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
877-901-9195

The mission of Michigan Rehabilitation Services is to assist individuals with disabilities into employment and self-sufficiency. The MRS On-Line Orientation allows you, the customer, to view videos explaining what MRS does and if they can assist you with obtaining employment.

Michigan Relay Center

http://www.michigan.gov/mpsc/0,1607,7-159-16372-212100--,00.html 

AT&T Relay Customer Care: 
800-682-8706 (Voice)
800-682-8786 (TTY)
Email:  rm-attcustomercare@att.com
This number directly lets you use the service:
(800) 649-3777 or 711

The Michigan Relay Center is a communications system that allows hearing persons and Deaf, hard of hearing, or speech-impaired persons to communicate by telephone. MRC is fast and easy to use. There is no additional charge to use this service. Only normal telephone charges will be applied. There are no limits to the length or number of calls you place.
You can also find information at att.com/relay

Multiple Sclerosis Self-Help Support Group

http://multiplesclerosis.com
To contact the National MS Society go to their contact page on the website and leave the requested information.
http://www.nationalmssociety.org/

The National MS Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now — to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. MS stops people from moving. We exist to make sure it doesn't. The Society's mission is to mobilize people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. Their vision is: A World Free of MS.

Multiple Sclerosis Local Support Group
See Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living

Meetings are held at the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living
3941 Research Park Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. They meet Monday evenings (except legal holidays) 7–8:30 p.m. People with MS and their families and friends are welcome.

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
http://www.msfocus.org/

6520 North Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309-2130
(888) -673-6287

Our resources assist people who have MS, their families and caregivers, regional support groups, and healthcare professionals. Access to our programs and services is available through our interactive web site or our national, toll-free helpline staffed by caring caseworkers and peer counselors. Our priority is to serve with empathy, resourcefulness and responsibility.

National Alliance on Mental Illness, Washtenaw County (NAMI)

http://www.namiwc.org/
1100 North Main St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 994- 6611

There mission is to educate people in the community about these illnesses and available resources, to advocate for optimal treatment, rehabilitation services, desirable living situations and meaningful work for all individuals coping with mental illness. NAMI support those who are suffering from mental illnesses, their families and friends and eradicate the stigma surrounding these disorders by encouraging openness and by stressing that these illnesses are biological in nature.

National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD)

http://www.ncpad.org
e-mail:ncpad@uic.edu
4000 Ridgeway Drive
Birmingham, AL 35209
(800) 900-8086 

The NCHPAD seeks to help people with disability and other chronic health conditions achieve health benefits through increased participation in all types of physical and social activities, including fitness and aquatic activities, recreational and sports programs, adaptive equipment usage, and more.

National Council on Disability (NCD)

http://www.ncd.gov/
1331 F Street, NW, Suite 850
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 272-2004 Voice
(202) 272-2074 TTY

The overall purpose of NCD is to promote policies, programs, practices, and procedures that guarantee equal opportunity for all people with disabilities, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability, and to empower them to achieve economic self-sufficiency, independent living, and inclusion and integration into all aspects of society.

National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

https://nfb.org// 
200 East Wells Street
at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230
Phone: (410) 659-9314

The purpose of the National Federation of the Blind is two-fold—to help blind persons achieve self-confidence and self-respect and to act as a vehicle for collective self-expression by the blind. By providing public education about blindness, information and referral services, scholarships, literature and publications about blindness, aids and appliances and other adaptive equipment for the blind, advocacy services and protection of civil rights, development and evaluation of technology, and support for blind persons and their families, members of the NFB strive to educate the public that the blind are normal individuals who can compete on terms of equality. The NFB knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.

National Organization on Disability (NOD)

http://www.nod.org/
77 Water Street, Suite 204
New York, NY 10005
(646) 505-1191 ext. 122

NOD is a private, non-profit organization that promotes the full participation and contributions of America’s 56 million people with disabilities in all aspects of life. Today, NOD focuses on increasing employment opportunities for the 79 percent of working-age Americans with disabilities who are not employed.

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)

http://michiganpva.org/
801 Eighteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006-3517
(800) 424-8200
(800) 795-4327  TTY
Healthcare Hotline:
(800) 232-1782
Benefits Helpline:
(866) 734-0857

PVA, a congressionally chartered veterans service organization, has developed a unique expertise on a wide variety of issues involving the special needs of our members – veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction. PVA will use that expertise to be the leading advocate for quality health care, research and education,  benefits and civil rights for our members.

Paws With a Cause

https://www.pawswithacause.org/
National Headquarters: 

4646 South Division
Wayland, MI 49348

(800) 253-7297

Local Office:
Southeastern Michigan Regional Office
1328 Wheaton
Troy, MI 48083
 (248) 619-9201

Paws With A Cause enhances the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities nationally through custom-trained Assistance Dogs. PAWS increases awareness of the rights and roles of Assistance Dog Teams through education and advocacy. Paws With A Cause trains Assistance dogs, Service dogs, Hearing dogs, Seizure Response dogs, and service dogs for children with Autism.

Post-Polio Connection

http://www.michiganpolionetwork.com/supportgroups.htm

This website supplies a list of support groups in Michigan. Click on the link above to find more locations.

In Southeast Michigan:
Chair: Bonnie Levitan (313) 885-7855
Bruce & Dianne Sachs (586) 465-3104
Bobbie Stevens (248) 549-2149
Meetings are on 4th Saturday March thru October 10am-Noon

Post-Polio Syndrome
http://www.uofmhealth.org/medical-services/post-polio-syndrome

Post-Polio Clinic, University of Michigan Hospital
Medical Center Drive
To make an appointment:
(734) 973-2400

Post-polio syndrome affects about 50 percent of people who have had polio. Even those who managed to work their way out of braces and spent 20 years or more without the need for assistance can start experiencing extreme fatigue, joint pain and muscle weakness. Our Post-Polio Clinic, part of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Michigan, utilizes the skills of a multidisciplinary group of experts to comprehensively treat people struggling with post-polio syndrome, from physical issues to emotional challenges.

Public Transportation

See:

AAATA (bus)

Aride (ADA/Disability Services)
http://www.theride.org/Services/ARideADADisabilityServices

(734) 973-1611 or
(734) 663-6636
Also see MyRide for accessible ride service

A-Ride is an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) shared-ride, demand-responsive public transportation service for individuals with disabilities who, because of their disability, are prevented from using our accessible, regular fixed-route bus service. A-Ride is comparable to the regular bus service in terms of shared rides, service area and days of operation. A-Ride trips are provided in ramp-equipped buses, lift-equipped vans and sedan type vehicles. To use the A-Ride service, individuals are required to complete an application and fulfill the eligibility requirements

MyRide
http://www.theride.org/Services/MobilityManagementService

(866) 977-9423
Also see Aride for accessible ride service

MyRide is a Mobility Management service of the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority that provides transportation coordination to transit dependent individuals. Transportation coordination is based on the individual's trip needs in Washtenaw County and select areas in Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, Oakland, and Wayne Counties. Trip Planning: routes and trips; matches customer to the most appropriate service; assesses ability to pay fares; and/or schedules trips with transportation providers from the provider network.

Amtrak (train)

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFBD)

See Learning Ally
Learning Ally
http://www.learningally.org

20 Roszel Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
(800) 221-4792.

Started in 1948 in the New York Public Library as Recording for the Blind, the organization utilized volunteers to record books for blinded veterans returning from WW II. We now offer the world’s largest collection of human-narrated audio textbooks and literature as well as solutions, support and community for parents, teachers and students. We have helped millions of students who are blind, dyslexic or have other learning disabilities achieve confidence and independence in the classroom and in life. We work with our partners to raise awareness of learning differences. We support the community, parents, students and educators, by providing free public workshops, online resources and training. Working together we can help impact students' educational journeys.

Recycling

See Solid Waste Collection

Social Security Administration (SSA)

http://www.socialsecurity.gov
Local Office:
3971 Research Park Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
(734) 741-2475
(800) 772-1213
(800) 325-0778  TTY

Our mission is to deliver Social Security services that meet the changing needs of the public. We deliver a broad range of services online at socialsecurity.gov and through a nationwide network of over 1,400 offices.

Social Security Disability Benefits

http://www.ssa.gov/disabilityssi/

(800) 772-1213
(800) 325-0278  TTY

Social Security pays disability benefits to you and certain members of your family if you have worked long enough and have a medical condition that has prevented you from working or is expected to prevent you from working for at least 12 months or end in death.

Social Security Benefits for Children

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/EN-05-10085.pdf

(800) 772-1213
(800) 325-0278  TTY

About 4.4 million children receive benefits each month because one or both of their parents are disabled, retired or deceased. These benefits help to provide the necessities of life for family members and help to make it possible for those children to complete high school.

Solid Waste Collection 

The City of Ann Arbor offers side door recycling and trash pick-up for disabled residents.

Trash

See above information.

University of Michigan Council for Disability Concerns

http://ability.umich.edu

Email Anna Schnitzer with questions at:
schnitzr@umich.edu

The University of Michigan Council for Disability Concerns (CFDC) act in an advisory capacity regarding University programs and policies which affect people with disabilities. They meet monthly to address disability issues affecting the University of Michigan community. Members represent a broad cross-section of the University. The Council is organized into committees reflecting the concerns and interests of its members including: Construction Advisory Committee, Investing in Ability Week (IAW) Speakers Committee, and the Neubacher Award Committee.

University of Michigan Initiative on Disability Studies

http://www.umich.edu/~uminds
Department of English Language and Literature
435 S. State Street
3187 Angell Hall
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

The goal of UMInDS is to establish a degree-granting program that will advance knowledge about, by, and for people with disabilities and to promote their full and equal participation in society. The first stages of the initiative propose a number of resources for the university community and the community at large. 

University of Michigan Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSWD)

http://www.umich.edu/~sswd/

G-664 Haven Hall
505 South State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1045
(734) 763-3000
(734) 615-4461  TTY
(734) 619-6661   VP

We support the University’s commitment to equity and diversity by providing support services and academic accommodations to students with disabilities.  We share information, promote awareness of disability issues, and provide support of a decentralized system of access for students within the University community.

Voting

See Elections

Washtenaw Association for Community Advocacy (ACA)

Formerly Washtenaw Association for Retarded Citizens

1100 North Main, Suite 205
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 662-1256

ACA strives to ensure that people with disabilities and their families have choices, opportunities, and the supports they need to be fully included in community life through advocacy and education. They envision a community that fully supports equality, dignity, respect and inclusion for all people.

Washtenaw Community College Learning Support Services

http://www.wccnet.edu/resources/learningassistance/learningsupport/

Learning Support Services, LA 104
Washtenaw Community College
4800 E. Huron River Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
(734) 973-3342

“Helping Students Learn Successfully”
Tutoring is provided for all students enrolled in credit classes. Tutoring is a free service provided one-to-one on a drop-in basis. All levels of math are covered as well as chemistry, general studies, ESL, computers, business, science and English. Group tutoring or Supplemental Instruction Groups may be arranged. Disability Services are available for students who have a physical or hidden disability. Learning Disabilities Assessment. Diagnostic testing and recommendations are available to enrolled WCC students who suspect they may have a learning disability and who have not been tested previously.

Washtenaw County Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled (WLBPD)

 http://wlbpd.aadl.org/ 
Housed in the Downtown Ann Arbor District Library
343 S. Fifth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 327-4224

In Washtenaw County this free service administered by the Ann Arbor District Library, loans books, magazines, and videos in alternative formats (digital cartridge, digital download, large print, Braille, and descriptive video) to individuals of all ages who are certified as unable to read or use standard printed materials as a result of temporary or permanent visual or physical limitations. A talking book machine and materials are mailed at no cost as Free Matter for the Blind. In addition to mailed materials, all eligible individuals also have access to downloading tens-of-thousands of books and dozens of magazines from the National Library Service's Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) site. An application for access to BARD is required and available through the NLS website.

We Connect Now
http://weconnectnow.wordpress.com

weconnectnow2008@gmail.com

We Connect Now is dedicated to uniting people interested in rights and issues affecting people with disabilities, with particular emphasis on college students and access to higher education and employment issues. One of the goals of this site is to help college students with disabilities to succeed in their studies by getting the information and support they need, through resources, , links, blogs, latest news, studying existing laws and regulation  and through personal contacts.