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You are warmly invited to the UM Disability Studies Group Inaugural Fall Lecture co-sponsored by the Visual Culture Workshop


“Gender and Disability in Visual Culture”

Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 4:00pm in Angell Hall Room 3222Read more ›

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Goodbye Melissa

The Ann Arbor CIL Recreation team is going through some staff changes. Melissa McPherson, who has worked at the Ann Arbor CIL for the last 7 ½ years, most recently as the Coordinator of Arts and Leisure programming will no longer be working at the Ann Arbor CIL. During this change in staffing we will continue to hold as many activities as… Read more ›

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Photography Classes Start April 11

Starting April 11th, the Ann Arbor CIL will be offering Photography classes that are free and open to the public.This photography workshop taught by volunteer Sandee Soloway is a great way to learn the basics of photography. Sandee will go over topics such as camera functions and usage, lighting and composition. You will also learn basic editing… Read more ›

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Register for Digital Storytelling by April 1st!

Digital Storytelling takes the art of storytelling and brings it up a notch. Now, with the use of a free online program you can create beautiful videos that tell a story. The program works by combining text with photos and music to create a live story that can be used at weddings, reunions, fundraising events or as unique and one-of-a-kind gifts… Read more ›

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Facebook Classes Starting In February!

Do you want to use facebook, but are confused about how it works? Do the constant changes leave you frustrated? Do you worry about the kind of information you post and who will see it? If used correctly, Facebook can be a great networking tool, can help you promote your business, and can help you stay in touch with family and friends. This four… Read more ›

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Back by Popular Demand: Stampin’ Up Greeting Card Workshop

Handmade gifts and cards are all the rage right now, they allow you to show someone you care with something unique. Some of you might think that crafty gifts and cards can be hard, but you can make beautiful handmade cards in no time at all. Laurie Krauss is a Stampin’ Up demonstrator who has made thousands of handmade cards. She teaches a variety… Read more ›

The Institute for Community Based Research Education and Evaluation (ICBREE) Unveils Online Marketing Resources for Home-Based Child Care Providers.

Through the generous support of the SBA’s Program for Investment in Micro Entrepreneurs (PRIME), the Institute is making available resources to help home-based child care business owners to improve their marketing practices. These include blog articles, e-Books, and webinars designed to share the very best access to market… Read more ›

Ann Arbor CIL Recreation Participants to be Featured in Local Art Show

Today, artwork created by some of the Ann Arbor CIL’s consumers and volunteers will be showcased as part of the Second Annual Allies… Read more ›

Inspire Magazine- Call for Submissions!

Call for Submissions

For: Works of Art for the second issue of Inspire Magazine.

When: To be published January, 2013

Works of art can be… Read more ›

Girl Talk Summer Series

Girl Talk summer series! Girl talk is a social support group for young women with disabilities ages 14 – 26. Come and join us every Tuesday for six weeks starting June 12 until July 24 (No meeting July 3) and join in on the fun with the girls! Share what’s on your mind and make friends at the same time. Contact Anna with any… Read more ›

Ypsi Garden Fair!

The Ann Arbor CIL community garden has an information booth at the 2012 Ypsi Garden Fair! During the fair, in addition to passing out information about our inclusive gardening program, we will also be giving a presentation on accessible gardening. The Ypsi Garden Fair will be held on May 12,2012 from 10am -6pm at the Growing Hope Center, (922 West… Read more ›

The first ‘Better Together’ garden planning meeting of 2012

Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”

-      Les Brown

To garden is to cultivate relationships.   Through the gardening process, one becomes more familiar with the earth; with oneself; and with being part of a community. For example, through… Read more ›

Journaling Classes Begin in February

Everyone has a story to tell, most people just don’t know where to begin, Uncover your story during our February Journal Writing Workshop. This workshop will tap into your memories and experiences and teach you to turn them into peices of writng you can share with others or keep only for yourself.

Our Journal Writing workshop will be held every… Read more ›

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Gathering Place Tours

Upcoming 2012 Tour Dates

  • Wednesday, August 1
  • Wednesday, August 15
  • Wednesday, September 5
  • Wednesday, September 19

All tours are held from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at 3941 Research Park Drive in Ann Arbor.

The Ann Arbor CIL impacts the lives of individuals… Read more ›

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Gathering Place Tour

More Than You Think.

The Ann Arbor CIL impacts the lives of individuals with disabilities in our community each day.

Please join us for a brief Gathering Place Tour to learn about our programs.  Contact Tom at 734-971-0277 x18 or to RSVP!

Programs… Read more ›

Movie Night – A Walk to Remember

Join us at the Ann Arbor CIL, on Saturday December 10 from 5:30-8:30pm, we will be watching the movie A Walk to Remember.

The story of two teens, Landon Carter and Jamie Sullivan, who are thrown together by chance.  In Beaufort, North Carolina, a prank on a student goes terribly wrong and puts the student in the hospital. Landon Carter, a… Read more ›

Day at Disney World


Saturday, November 5. 1-3 p.m.  Ann Arbor CIL.

Have you always wanted a day at Disney World, but can’t get to Florida?Join your CIL friends for a fun-filled day of  Disney trivia, caricatures, games, and… Read more ›

Halloween Party for Youth

Who: Youth ages 14-26

What: Halloween Party with apple bobbing, Halloween bingo, creeping, crawling candy, pumpkin painting, caramel apples and more. Costumes encouraged.

When: Friday, Oct. 28, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Where: Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living RSVP required to Anna Dusbiber Gossage (734) 971-0277 ext. 17… Read more ›

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Digital Storytelling is Back for Fall!

Digital storytelling is back for fall! Join us for one of the most popular classes that the Recreation program has to offer! Learn new skills while creating something that you can share with family and friends.

What is Digital Storytelling?

Digital Storytelling is the art of telling stories through the use digital… Read more ›

Second Annual Recreation Art Auction to Benefit CIL Arts, Sports & Gardening

Enjoy learning and relaxing with us for cycling, poetry workshops, or gardening at the Ann Arbor CIL? Next week, you’ll have a chance to show the love.

Work submitted for the 2011 Auction

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Gathering Place Tours

Join us for a tour of the Ann Arbor CIL, and learn about the many ways we make an impact in our community. Upcoming tour dates include:

  • Thursday, July 14, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
  • Wednesday, September 14, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
  • Thursday, October 13, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Contact Stephanie at Read more ›

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Opening at 10 am Thursday, May 12

Because of the Spring Gathering event on Thursday, May 12, the Ann Arbor CIL will be opening at 10 am instead of 9 am.

We look forward to seeing you at the Spring Gathering!

- Ann Arbor CIL Staff

Writers’ Workshop Begins in May

This summer the Ann Arbor CIL sports and recreation program plans to publish a creative arts magazine. inspire Magazine will be an inclusive publication, and all content will be created by members of our community. In preparation for the first issue of inspire Magazine, the sports and recreation program will be holding a… Read more ›

Recreation and Career Services Team up to Provide a Resume Writing Workshop

As part of its four month long writing series, the recreation team has been holding practical writing classes during the month of April. So far we have held classes on basic writing skills and email writing basics. Next week, we will be partnering with the career team to put on a resume writing workshop. Whether you are starting from scratch or… Read more ›

Call for Submissions!

Call for: Works of Art for the first issue of inspire magazine.

When: By April 30, 2011.  inspire magazine will be published during the Summer of 2011.

  • Works of art can be any printable media,  including but not limited to: photographs, essays, short stories, poetry, drawings,… Read more ›

Free Pap Test Screening at U-M

It’s ten minutes that could save your life.

Saturday, March 26, 2011, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

University of Michigan  Health System, Briarwood Building 2, Suite B

400 E. Eisenhower Pkway, Ann Arbor MI 48108

To qualify for an appointment, you must

1) Be a… Read more ›

Girl Talk Starting in April

Girl Talk is starting soon!

Come and join in on the fun with the girls! Share what’s on your mind and make friends at the same time.

Topics include:

• Healthy Relationships
• Women With Disabilities and Love Discussion panel
• Homemaking Magic
• Dress For Success
• Dining out Do’s and… Read more ›

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Our Spring Gathering

Join us for our

Spring Gathering

A breakfast reception to support the Ann Arbor CIL.

Thursday, May 12
7:30 am – Reception

8 am – 9 am – Program
Kensington Court

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Living with a long-term health condition? Join us for the PATH workshops

Take the PATH to better health!

What is PATH?

PATH is a series of fun, interactive workshops that helps you improve your health and feel better.

The 6-week workshop is designed to provide the skills and tools needed by people living with ongoing health problems to improve their health… Read more ›

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Snow/Inclement Weather

In Case of Inclement Weather

If there is snow or other bad weather, check Ann Arbor Public Schools.  When Ann Arbor Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather, the Ann Arbor CIL is officially… Read more ›

Help Our Youth Make the Holidays Bright!

Holiday Craft Workshop
Friday December 17, 2010

Join in the fun and help our youth bring Seasons Greetings to their loved ones in the Ann Arbor CIL’s Craft Workshop!

Volunteers will be needed 4:30-8:00pm to help set up, assist youth in craft-making, and… Read more ›

Youth Recreation Volunteer Needed!


Would you like to give youth the opportunity to have tons of fun?  Are you interested in volunteering in a meaningful way at the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living?


To… Read more ›

Youth Game Night

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Come Get Your Game On.

Wii Game Night!

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Wheelchair Rugby

Please join us for

Wheelchair Rugby

Thursday November 11, 2010  7:30-9:30pm
At the Meri Lou Murray County Recreation Center
2960 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor

Chairs will be available for you to use.

Fees:… Read more ›

Seekers & Finders

Here we post various requests, needs, and inquiries from fellow people with disabilities.

If you can help, please contact Sue Probert at or (734) 971-0277 x 34.

October 26, 2010

A CIL consumer in subsidized housing needs kitchen goods.   Specifically, the consumer needs drinking… Read more ›

Army-Navy Wheelchair Basketball Game Coming Up!

Part of Investing in Ability Week, in collaboration with the University of Michigan:

The 4th Annual James T. Neubacher Tip-off Event

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Inclusive Volleyball

Come join us for

Inclusive Volleyball

at the Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center

Thursday, October 21 7:30-9:30pm

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Community Events & Resources

Why Media Matters: Teenage Sexuality and the Public Eye

Presented by:
Genesee County Healthy Sexuality Coalition
Planned Parenthood Mid and
South Michigan and Raise It Up

November, 10, 2010
8:30am – 3:30pm

Genesee Intermediate School District
Health, Safety, and Nutrition Services
2284 S…. Read more ›

Care about accessibility in arts & culture? Join us for a community discussion

Please join us for a Community Discussion reporting on the findings of a focus group of people with disabilities in arts and culture.

October 13, 2010  3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Ann Arbor District Library, Multi-Purpose Room
343 S. Fifth Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

More Info:

A bold initiative took place in 2009 to raise awareness of… Read more ›

PTSD Support Group – New Location!

The PTSD Support Group is now meeting at at new location – the Westside United Methodist Church, at 900 S. Seventh Street in Ann Arbor.  Room 208.

Please join us at our new location!

The facility is wheelchair accessible.

About the group: The Support Group for Women with PTSD gives participants the space to discuss what is happening in… Read more ›

Community Job-Seeker Events & Resources

Job Fair at WCC

Wednesday, October 20th from 11am until 2pm

Morris Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College

20 or so employers expected, mainly in the customer service area.

For more info, contact: 734-677-5155 or

WCC job fairs are open to everyone and free of… Read more ›

Youth Halloween Party Coming Up!

Come one and all and join in on our annual


Door prizes for constumes!

Snacks, games, and thrills!

Friday, October… Read more ›

IRS Open House for Veterans, Persons with Disabilities

Offices in All 50 States Will be Open Saturday, Sept. 25 to Provide Tax Assistance

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service will host a special nationwide open house on Saturday, Sept. 25 to help taxpayers –– especially veterans and people with disabilities –– solve tax problems and respond to IRS notices.

One hundred… Read more ›

Financial Questions? Get Answers

Free Financial Advice Clinic

Image of man looking frustrated over his billsSeptember 24th

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Where?  Ann Arbor YMCA,… Read more ›

Book Club forming at the Ann Arbor CIL!

Join the Book Club for its first meeting on October 21 from 5:30 to 7:30pm.

This meeting will determine the first book and a regular meeting time.  Please bring suggestions of books you would like to read!

If you cannot make the meeting but wish to offer a suggestion or have any questions about the book club please contact Melissa… Read more ›

Cooking Classes Coming Up!

Join us for free cooking classes at the Ann Arbor CIL Gathering Place Kitchen!

August 31 – Peach Pie

September 7 – Deviled Eggs

September 21- Squash Soup

If interested in attending please contact Lauren Ungar at:

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Learn how to use Facebook!

Facebook 101

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Social Networking is becoming very popular, and not just with the younger generations, but with everyone. Read more ›

Nutrition Classes in September!

Are you interested in learning more about nutrition? Do the labels on your food leave you confused? Are you trying to lose weight or get better control over your Diabetes? The Ann Arbor CIL is offering a class for you!

Wednesday, Sept. 8- 1:30 pm- 3:30 pm – Healthy Meal Planning

Wednesday, Sept.15- 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm – How to Read the… Read more ›

Exciting Plans Underway for Gala Benefit Saturday, September 11!

Don’t miss out on the Action!

Our annual Gala Benefit and Auction is a night not to miss!  Join us Saturday, September 11, as we enjoy good times, laughter, and excitement, all to raise needed funds for the Ann Arbor CIL!

RSVP’s are pouring in – are YOU planning to attend?  Last year, more than 125 people attended,… Read more ›

Clay Course Starting Soon!

Clay class taught by UM students is returning this fall!

In this course, participants who have a disability will be partnered with UM undergraduate students who will assist in the creation of sculptural works in clay.  This will be the third time offering this fantastic course, and previous participants can attest – this is a great… Read more ›

AATA & Ann Arbor CIL Hosting Master Planning Meeting at Ann Arbor CIL August 26

Image of bus, map of ann arbor and AATA logo

Be part of your future!  Share your opinions and voice your concerns about transportation in the region.

Please join us for a… Read more ›

Have OCD? A new peer support group is starting at the CIL

A new peer-led group is forming at the Ann Arbor CIL.  If you’d like to stop in or participate in a support group regarding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), please contact Amit Kshirsagar at 734-995-1711 or

Let’s Work Together to Improve Attitudes!

Icon of UM Health System

Through our long-standing partnership with the University of Michigan Health System’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, we are… Read more ›

Recruiting Sponsorships & Auction Items for This Year’s Benefit!

Plans are underway at the CIL for this year’s Gala Benefit Auction, slated for Saturday, September 11!

This event raises needed funds to support the continued work of the CIL.

In order to make this event a success, we need your help!  To learn more about sponsorship opportunities and how to donate a quality item or service to the auction,… Read more ›

Be Part of the Auction Fun!

This year, the Ann Arbor CIL’s most important fundraiser will be bigger and better than ever before, because this year YOU can make it great!

Join our caring and passionate team of Auction staff and volunteers, as we have fun planning one of the most exciting nights of the year at the CIL!

We need many volunteers to make this event a… Read more ›

Sign Up for Summer Youth Advocacy Program!

Join us this summer for our annual Summer Youth Advocacy program!  In this fun summer program, learn to advocate for disability rights! Come learn about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), how to tell if a building is accessible, and then visit locations around the area to test the law in action!  You will also learn how… Read more ›

Acceptance & Inclusion Summer Workshop

Join us for a 4-week workshop to discuss acceptance and inclusion in our communities.  We will discuss how different minority groups have faced obstacles and continue to work for equality.  The workshop will use videos and activities from the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance curriculum to… Read more ›

Need Computer Help?

Be matched up with a Computer Lab Volunteer to assist in basic computer skills, such as:

  • Internet Use
  • Understanding Word
  • Creating an Email Account
  • Filling Out Online Forms

If interested, please sign up for more information at the Reception Desk in the Front Office!

How to Cook with Fresh Produce!

The third installation of our Spring/Summer Gardening Series will be taking place, Wednesday, May 12th from 1pm to 3pm in the Ann Arbor CIL Gathering Place/Kitchen. The workshop will be focusing on how to incorporate fresh produce into your regular meals, as well as new and easy recipes using fresh garden-grown produce. You will find a… Read more ›

May Calendar

This month, we are featuring 2 great workshops you won’t want to miss!  On Wednesday, May 5, we are featuring “Rejection Detection,” to help you figure out clues why you may not be getting the jobs you want.  On Wednesday, May 19, we are featuring “Stand Out Interviews,” back by popular demand, after we first featured this workshop at WCC in… Read more ›

Photos for LinkedIN

Do you need a professional-looking photo for your LinkedIN profile?  If you did not get your photo taken at the LinkedIN with Lisa class on Wednesday, April 28, but you would still like a photo, feel free to contact Stephanie.  We can set up a time to take your photo at the CIL!

Lawn Mowing Assistance?

Talent Exchange

I have a Talent Exchange request that I need help finding a match for. A member needs her lawn mowed. If you know anyone who could help, of if you know of resources for this kind of thing within the community, please let me know! Any suggestions will be helpful.

Journaling Workshops in the Month of May!

Have you always wanted to write, but weren’t sure how to get started?

Journaling is something that is different for all of us. Some write about their day to day life, other write about their thoughts and what is going on in the world around them, others write publicly for an audience about a specific subject. Our journaling class will… Read more ›

Bring Your Laptop to LinkedIN with Lisa!

At our LinkedIN with Lisa workshop, you are welcome to bring your laptop to follow along in class.  It is not necessary for you to have a laptop, but feel free to bring it!

Also, we will be on-hand to take a professional-looking photo of you for your profile if you’d like.

FREE adjustable height computer table

An adjustable computer table is available for FREE.  It’s in good shape, just come get it!  Pick up is at Arrowwood.  The computer table is white, and is 30″ x 30″.  If interested, please contact Sue Probert and ask about item #30.

V-Tech Magnifier – Free

FREE to a good home: V-Tech magnifier.  “Big & old, but it works.”  It also needs a knob.  If interested, call and ask Sue Probert about item #2383.

Section 8 Wait Lists Open in Plymouth & Dearborn Heights

Plymouth & Dearborn Heights Housing Commissions are opening their Section 8 waiting lists.  The applications will only be available from 8:00 AM on April 23, 2010 through 5:00 PM on April 26, 2010. After 5:00 PM on April 26, 2010 the Waiting List will be CLOSED Applications are available only on-line (visit the library or our AT Lab for… Read more ›

New Books & DVD’s at the AACIL!

We’ve just been lucky enough to have received some new items to our library, courtesy of the Ann Arbor District Library (thanks!).  Some tasty samplings for your review:

Books on Tape:
-Slum Dog Millionaire (just listened to it – it’s fabulous!)

DVD’s for kids:
- Marley & Me (heart-warming tear… Read more ›

Fitness Gym Getting Popular!

Our fitness gym is getting popular!  Come use our fitness center at the Ann ARbor CIL.  We have accessible weightlifting machines as well as a NuStep, or cardio machine.

Orientation with Mary is required.  Call or email for an appointment.

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