Tom leads the CIL’s fundraising and development efforts across our three counties. In this role he manages event planning, including the annual Summer Celebration, holiday fundraiser, and more. Additionally, Tom serves as SCI program manager and liaison with the University of Michigan’s Model Spinal Cord Injury Program, providing peer support and education to those with spinal cord injuries. Also, Tom conducts disability awareness trainings with businesses to further advocate for the full inclusion of people with disabilities throughout our community.
Tom Hoatlin’s life changed in an instant when he sustained a spinal cord injury in 1991. While seeking out SCI resources from the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living shortly after his injury, he found his life’s calling. Working on Michigan Medicine’s Rehabilitation Unit, he has co-led and teaches an independent living curriculum to in-patients and their families and provides peer mentoring to those preparing to transition to independent living in the communtiy.
Tom has served as a SCI consultant and research assistant for Michigan Medicine’s SCI Model System since 1995, and in this role has served as the Chair and Co-Chair of the SCI Model System Advisory Board, bridging the gap between stakeholders and clinical staff. He has contributed to the SCI Access newsletter, website and other publications for the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation spinal cord injury support system.
Hoatlin served as the Midwest Regional Coordinator for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation’s Peer and Family Support Program from 2014 -2017. He recruited, trained and certified people living successfully with paralysis throughout the Great Lakes states and nationally.
Tom has been a long-standing consultant and ambassador for NuStep, LLC, an adaptive and inclusive cross training exercise equipment manufacturer based in Ann Arbor.
He is a community advocate and an award winning speaker and mentor in the disability community.
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