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…
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…
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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…
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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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
We are having a Community Garden Preparation Event this coming Saturday, March 31st, from 1 – 4pm. The purpose of this event is to get our garden ready to grow herbs, vegetables, and flowers, in the upcoming gardening season. To get our garden ready, we have to transfer soil, spread compost, move some garden beds,…
As some of you know, the focus of this gardening season is on building relationships with the community and with each other, as well as on growing food and flowers. It is in this spirit of building relationships, that I would like to thank Project GROW for their collaboration in and help with, our garden so far.
In case you…
“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…
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…
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…
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 Tom@aacil.org to RSVP!
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…
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…
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…
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
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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.
• Healthy Relationships
• Women With Disabilities and Love Discussion panel
• Homemaking Magic
• Dress For Success
• Dining out Do’s and…
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…
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…
Are you FUN, POSITIVE and ENERGETIC? Are you looking for a GREAT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY?
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?
Here we post various requests, needs, and inquiries from fellow people with disabilities.
If you can help, please contact Sue Probert at firstname.lastname@example.org or (734) 971-0277 x 34.
October 26, 2010
A CIL consumer in subsidized housing needs kitchen goods. Specifically, the consumer needs drinking…
Why Media Matters: Teenage Sexuality and the Public Eye
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
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
A bold initiative took place in 2009 to raise awareness of…
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…
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 email@example.com.
WCC job fairs are open to everyone and free of…
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.
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…
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:
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…
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,…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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…
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!
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…
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…
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!
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.
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…
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.
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…
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…
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.
You are Cordially Invited to Attend the Ann Arbor CIL’s 2016 Gala Benefit Auction and 40th Anniversary Celebration!
Friday, February 5, 2016
DATE: March 12, 2016
TIME: 6:00 pm
VENUE: The Atrium of the Biomedical Sciences Research Building
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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Diversability will always be about theatre but it is moving beyond that every Wednesday night!
We have created movies, music, read poetry, wrote poetry, created art work — all… Read more ›
The Motley Crew returns Tuesday Nov. 26th to host another fun filled themed part for youth from 6:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m.
Monday, January 25, 2016
Come to the Ann Arbor CIL for a fun filled evening with our wonderful U of M volunteers!
These themed parties will take place on Tuesdays from 6:00 pm -7:30… Read more ›
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Please save the date, March 12th, 2016 and plan to join us at the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living’s 40th Anniversary Gala Benefit Auction.
We are busy planning the… Read more ›
Community Event: Town Hall presentation by Washtenaw County CMH on the programs, services and new changes.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Come to a Town Hall presentation by Washtenaw County CMH, Wed., Jan 20, 5:30pm at the Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center… Read more ›
The Ann Arbor CIL will be Closed Monday, January 18th in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.
Thursday, January 14, 2016
While the CIL, all government agencies and many private business will be closed, we encourage everyone to find ways to honor the legacy of Dr. King and give back… Read more ›
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
This holiday season, we hope you’ll consider supporting the Ann Arbor CIL with a tax-deductible donation.
Your year-end contribution will help us to… Read more ›
Monday, December 28, 2015
Thank you for choosing to support the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living and our 40 years of pushing boundaries!
Matching Gift Program - Your dollars can have a greater… Read more ›
Monday, December 28, 2015
Many generous supporters have already pledged to help us continue pushing boundaries. To date the 2016 Annual Giving Campaign has raised over $75,000 and to those you have donated the… Read more ›
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
It is the season of giving and we ask you to join us in pushing boundaries to ensure that children, youth, and adults with disabilities have opportunities to succeed.
The… Read more ›
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- Lyn Hewitt on Join us Thursday, Sept. 24th, for the MI (hidden) Talent Tour!
- Janice Pardy on The Mi (Hidden) Talent Tour is coming to Washtenaw County, Sept. 24th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- Scott Turner on Working from Home Seminar, Wednesday June 17th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
- Sheri on Working from Home Seminar, Wednesday June 17th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
- Scott Turner on Join us for a Town Hall Meeting About Women’s Health and Disability: A University and Community Partnership Thursday, May 14 7:00PM–8:30 PM
- Career Services: Job Talk
Feb 9, 2016 @ 10:00 amLaunch the new year with support from Sandy and Edwina as we kick off the first Job Talk of the year. Join our two favorite facilitators as they encourage, inspire and uplift you in your job search. Calling ALL Job Seekers! Join us for Job Talk at the Ann Arbor CIL. An opportunity to meet your peers to learn from each other, provide support, and share your experiences. Sometimes we simply want someone who understands the ups and downs of the job hunt. The focus of these sessions is positive strategies and peer support to create a community where people help each other with job leads, kind words, and sincere interest. Dates for the series are: January 12th & 26th February 9th & 23rd March 8th & 22nd Session Times: 10:00 am—11:30 am Location: 3941 Research Park Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48108 For more information, or to contact us with accommodation requests, please visit us on the web at: www.annarborcil.org or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Healthy Cooking Class
Feb 9, 2016 @ 10:30 amThe Ann Arbor CIL will be hosting healthy cooking classes again this winter. These classes are open to people of all ages and abilities. It is a great opportunity for everyone to gather, and learn how to cook cooperatively. If you want learn a new healthy way of cooking, this class is for you. Participants must RSVP at least one week prior to each class. There is a $5 fee per person for each class. Class will meet on select Wednesdays from 10:30am-12pm. The fol-lowing dates are as follows: January 19th February 9th and 23rd March 8th and 22nd April 19th , 26th special time 4-5:30pm Contact Anna Dusbiber Gossage with questions. (734) 971-0277 ext. 17 Or email email@example.com
- General Support Group
Feb 9, 2016 @ 1:00 pmDo you like to chat with others, provide support, and receive support from others? Do you have a disability but don’t want that to be the sole focus of your conversation? Talk, vent, support, and discuss various topics about experiencing life with disability. At the Ann Arbor CIL, we believe strongly in helping people help themselves, and helping others to transform their lives. Participants collaboratively support each other to inspire transformations both individually and as a group. Meets Every Tuesday from 1:00-2:00 PM If you are interested in attending please email Manjula Jindal firstname.lastname@example.org or Jason Jones email@example.com
- Networking and Peer Support Lunch
Feb 10, 2016 @ 12:00 pmNetworking and Peer Support Lunch Meets every Wednesday from 12:00-2:00PM Join us each week for a networking and peer support lunch. The CIL will provide a portion of the lunch and we ask that those who are able to bring a disk or item to share with other attendees.
- Diversability Theatre
Feb 10, 2016 @ 5:00 pmDiversability will always be about theatre but it is moving beyond that every Wednesday night! We have created movies, music, read poetry, wrote poetry, created art work — all while enjoying a home-cooked meal. Diverse-ability is about doing and celebratingall these things expressive, creative and fun. Please come and join us and celebrate Diversability. Our celebration begins every Wednesday at 5:00 pm at the Ann Arbor CIL. Diversability Theatre Flyer
- MS Support Group
Feb 15, 2016 @ 7:00 pmSupport group for people who have multiple sclerosis. Contact: Jody Burton Slowins by email or at 734-663-0785.
- General Support Group
Feb 16, 2016 @ 1:00 pmDo you like to chat with others, provide support, and receive support from others? Do you have a disability but don’t want that to be the sole focus of your conversation? Talk, vent, support, and discuss various topics about experiencing life with disability. At the Ann Arbor CIL, we believe strongly in helping people help themselves, and helping others to transform their lives. Participants collaboratively support each other to inspire transformations both individually and as a group. Meets Every Tuesday from 1:00-2:00 PM If you are interested in attending please email Manjula Jindal firstname.lastname@example.org or Jason Jones email@example.com
- Career Services: Working from Home.
Feb 17, 2016 @ 10:00 amSo you wanna work from home but do not know where to start? Please come hear how you can find legitimate opportunities that will allow you to work from home. You will be given a list of work from home companies that you can research and apply to after you leave the workshop.
- Networking and Peer Support Lunch
Feb 17, 2016 @ 12:00 pmNetworking and Peer Support Lunch Meets every Wednesday from 12:00-2:00PM Join us each week for a networking and peer support lunch. The CIL will provide a portion of the lunch and we ask that those who are able to bring a disk or item to share with other attendees.
- Diversability Theatre
Feb 17, 2016 @ 5:00 pmDiversability will always be about theatre but it is moving beyond that every Wednesday night! We have created movies, music, read poetry, wrote poetry, created art work — all while enjoying a home-cooked meal. Diverse-ability is about doing and celebratingall these things expressive, creative and fun. Please come and join us and celebrate Diversability. Our celebration begins every Wednesday at 5:00 pm at the Ann Arbor CIL. Diversability Theatre Flyer