Disability Resources

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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 Commission for Disability Issues, please submit an online application

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

Traffic Calming Feedback Needed

The City of Ann Arbor has been working on an update to the existing Traffic Calming Program for local streets. An Open House for community discussion and a presentation to the Transportation Commission were completed on June 20. Thank you to all who participated; materials presented on June 20 are now available on the Traffic Calming Program webpage


An online survey for community feedback on the proposed Traffic Calming Program updates is now available. Please share your input regarding the Program objectives, engagement process, project area qualification criteria and toolbox of devices by visiting A2 Open City Hall;  and choosing ‘Traffic Calming Program Update’ from the open topics listing. The deadline for online feedback is July 6.


Episode Ideas Wanted for CTN's Ann Arbor Inclusive

CTN's original program, Ann Arbor Inclusive, is seeking guests and topic ideas for upcoming 2018 episodes. Produced in conjunction with the City of Ann Arbor Commission on Disability Issues, Ann Arbor Inclusive explores topics of interest to community members with abilities of every level, focusing on awareness and education. Check out past episodes to learn more about this series (search: Ann Arbor Inclusive).

If you have an idea for a topic or guest to be featured on Ann Arbor Inclusive, please contact one of the show’s producers, Linda Evans, or contact CTN.

Closed captioning coming to Council meetings

Ann Arbor City Council meetings are about to become more accessible than ever. Sign language interpreters and assistive technology have both been provided upon request for decades. But these accommodations only help those attending Council meetings in person. Beginning on Monday, Oct. 2, Ann Arbor Community Television Network will begin closed captioning City Council meetings.   https://www.a2gov.org/departments/communications/ctn/Pages/default.aspx

All City Council meetings held in Council Chambers going forward will be closed captioned. The Oct. 9 and Nov. 13 City Council work sessions, which will be held at CTN, will not be closed captioned.

City of Ann Arbor meetings can be viewed on CTN Channel 16 for Comcast Cable and AT&T U-verse, and also live or on demand online.  https://a2ctn.viebit.com/

CTN, which has provided closed captioning of the Commission on Disability Issues meetings for several years, is pleased to expand this service to an even broader audience.

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. 


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 lwondrash@a2gov.org or jesatterlee@a2gov.org 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.​

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ADA compliance contact: jbeaudry@a2gov.org ​

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