Did you see it? We made the front page of the Monroe News! Check out highlights of our disability awareness workshop for 4th graders at Raisinsville Elementary yesterday. To date almost 20,000 students across the region have participated in one of our “DAW” workshops. Every year CIL staff and volunteers provide interactive, hands-on, and fun activities that teach 4th grade students throughout Washtenaw and Monroe counties what it’s like to have a disability. Props to our team… Workshop for students makes the front page of the Monroe News!Read More Workshop for students makes the front page of the Monroe News!
The November 6 election is coming soon! Join us October 24 to learn more about the proposals on the ballot! 6:30 pm at the CIL. Be there! #GetOuttheVote #DisabilityPride #LetsDoThis #NothingAboutUsWithoutUsRead More Voter Info Session! October 24
We need your help! Access Mobility is a program that will help seniors in the region get better, more affordable, and easier access to transportation. Through this program, the Ann Arbor CIL will bring more vans and an easy requesting service for older adults who need this program. The Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation is holding a voting competition that will award funding to this project. We need your vote to enable this program to… Vote online! Help the CIL provide transportation to more seniors!Read More Vote online! Help the CIL provide transportation to more seniors!
This week 23 law students from the University of Michigan Law School joined us to help research and plan new ideas for our advocacy initiatives. Students spent the day researching advocacy programs around education, employment, housing, transportation, Social Security, and guardianship issues and identified concepts to replicate in the Ann Arbor area. They also took a break, rolled up their sleeves, and helped us clean up our grounds, warehouse, and Loan Closet. Whew! Thanks, law… Thanks, Michigan Law Students!Read More Thanks, Michigan Law Students!
That’s a wrap! Youth in Livingston county grabbed a bite, checked out the pet store, and soaked in the sun earlier this week at the last summer youth social group session. This group rocked it this summer with various social enrichment activities over the last 6 weeks in Howell. Want to learn more about youth programs at the CIL? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.Read More Soaking up the last few days of summer
Voter turnout hit record highs in yesterday’s primary election in Michigan, and people with disabilities were a big part of that. The Ann Arbor CIL led a #GetOutTheVote campaign on Facebook leading up to the election. Check out images of the campaign below! * The Ann Arbor CIL participated in the American Association of People with Disabilities’ campaign to promote voter registration. * Robin Bennett, chairperson for the Michigan Statewide Independent Living Council, spoke… Disability Pride in #GettingOutTheVoteRead More Disability Pride in #GettingOutTheVote
This year to celebrate the 28th anniversary of the American’s Disabilities Act, we had BBQ catered by Satchel’s BBQ and cookies decorated by our youth group, along with cycling demonstrations by PEAC – Programs to Educate All Cyclists, garden demonstrations by Project Grow, adaptive tennis and basketball, lawn games, and more! Thanks to our sponsors Chemical Bank, GNS Medical Supplies, Fusion Medical, and Quality Home Medical Equipment for a great day! To see full-size images,… We had a “ball” at this year’s ADA Summer Celebration Party!Read More We had a “ball” at this year’s ADA Summer Celebration Party!
Last week 29 youth in the Monroe transition program tackled resume writing and job searching. We’re so proud of this crew and all their hard work!! Thanks to staff member Tennery McCutcheon for making this program so fantastic!Read More Youth in Monroe Tackle Resumes
The media portrays disability in all kinds of ways — sometimes positive, sometimes negative, and sometimes just plain wrong. This summer, youth in our Girl Talk support and social group examined the issue in a variety of tv, movie, and other forms. Here, they gave kudos to the tv show, “Glee” for its portrayal of the character, Artie.Read More Girl Talk Debates Disability in the Media
Thank you to everyone who came out to join us Wednesday for our spring open house, “Growing Forward.” It was a privilege and honor to host over 100 valued partners and supporters from around the Ann Arbor, Livingston, and Monroe communities. Visitors toured our refreshed spaces (including fresh carpet and newly painted building!), learned about our extensive services, and chatted with staff and Board members. Jacqueline Kaufman, associate professor and director of the division of… Thanks for a Great Open House!Read More Thanks for a Great Open House!