Phone: 734-971-0277 Email: info@aacil.org

Current Activities

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We are here to help you with any question, concern, or goal you may have. Join us for any of our current activities below. During the pandemic, our offices are closed, and we are working by phone, email, and video to serve your needs. For info, contact info@aacil.org or call 734-971-0277.

Page updated 8/23/21. You can also check out our activities on our calendar.

1:1 Assistance

We are here to help you with any question, concern, or goal you may have. Contact us for help with these topics and more:

  • Community resources and benefits
  • Living independently with a disability
  • Working with a disability
  • Education and accommodations
  • Transitioning out of care facilities to community living
  • Supporting a family member or friend

 

Virtual Movie Club

Watch a movie, then chat with folks! Beat the stay home blues and join the CIL’s virtual movie club! How does it work? Each week, watch a planned movie on your own time, and then we get together virtually to talk about it and have some fun! It’s that easy! Movie club sessions include trivia, thought-provoking questions, and laughter.

Thursdays at 3 pm
Fall session starts September 16!

RSVP: Shannon at sclark@aacil.org or 734-971-0277 x 29

Virtual Art

Join us for art in a relaxed, online social environment. Rotating through different media on a monthly basis, we explore new materials and techniques in a guided manner. No previous experience is necessary. Note: No special equipment or supplies needed!

Next session starts September 14.
Virtual Art will take place on both Tuesdays and Thursdays this fall!
Stay tuned for more details.

Check out the art program website for full info and materials to explore:Click here

Info: Claire at cmoore@aacil.org

Be Active at Home: Spirit Club Fitness

Join us for at-home fitness classes to have fun and stay healthy. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced, we’ll provide activities to fit your level. All abilities and disabilities welcome and encouraged! Adaptations for disabilities will be offered by the instructors.

** Currently on end-of-summer break. Returning September 13!**

RSVP: email mhymes@aacil.org or click here to register online

Trivia Tuesdays!

Get silly, get goofy, most of all, put on your thinking cap!

Every Tuesday we’re getting together to play trivia! Whether you like easy questions or the tough ones, join us for some Tuesday fun. We’ll also talk about ideas, solutions, and problem-solving for whatever disability-related challenges you might be having. We’re using the Zoom! app! Participate online or by phone.

Returning this fall!

Thru August 17

RSVP: anna@aacil.org or 734-971-0277 x 17

SCI Virtual Meet Up

Living with a spinal cord injury can be challenging in many ways. Join us to connect with others with SCI, get help tackling your own needs, and provide help and advice to others.

Next meeting: Tuesday, Sept. 14, 12 pm – 1 pm

* No meeting in August *

Info or RSVP: tom@aacil.org or 734-971-0277 x 55

Technology Access Program

The CIL wants to make sure you have access to the internet, especially now during the pandemic. Through the Technology Access Program, if you meet some basic eligibility criteria, you can:

  • Get a free tablet device
  • Get internet connectivity devices for your home
  • Get help setting up technology and learning how to use it

In collaboration with the Michigan Aging and Disability Resource Collaboration and the Michigan Area on Agency on Aging 1-B.

You may also qualify for reduced price internet service. Through the Federal government’s Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program, qualifying low-income individuals can receive $50 per month off the cost of internet service.

Info: info@aacil.org or 734-971-0277

Disability Community Action Lab (DCAL)

Care about important issues facing our community? Join us for DCAL, a collaborative group taking action on issues facing people with disabilities and providing support in making a difference. In this program, you will connect with others who care about similar issues and develop plans to make a difference.

Info or RSVP: mhymes@aacil.org or 734-971-0277

Also check out the DCAL website and sign up for the advocacy newsletter!

COVID-19 Info

Do you need help figuring out if and how you should get a COVID-19 vaccine? Are you vaccinated and not sure if you should still wear a mask or go to a certain public place? Are you tired of hearing about it all and just want someone to talk to? Give us a call for help sorting through any COVID-19 info. We can help you make sense of everything and help you find a vaccine appointment if you want.

Note: Several transportation providers are offering free rides to vaccines. Call us for help getting connected.

Contact: info@aacil.org or 734-971-0277

Community Info

The Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media and Your Job

Join Michigan Rehabilitation Services and career development professionals to discuss how your activity on social media can impact your chances of getting or keeping a job.

Friday, September 10, 3 pm – 4 pm

Join online via Zoom by clicking here.
Contact henryh@michigan.gov for accommodations.

DanceAbility on Zoom

DanceAbility can be high-energy or slow and gentle, so come as you are to co-create dance in a diverse community. This class is for people with and without disabilities, with and without formal dance training. Newcomers are welcome through August 27. Cost: $0 – $180 depending on your ability to pay.

Fridays, 11:30am to 1pm

Thru Sept. 24

Register: Click here

Info: Cara at caragraninger@gmail.com

U-M, EMU, USTA Adaptive Tennis Clinic

All persons with disabilities age 16+ are invited to play standing adaptive and wheelchair tennis. Sport wheelchairs, tennis balls, and some rackets will be available. Please bring your own racket if you have one.
Saturday, August 28, 4:30-6:30pm
Chippewa Tennis Club outdoor courts, 2525 Golfside Dr, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
RSVP by clicking here by Monday, August 23.

Adaptive Sports & Fitness

The University of Michigan is launching adaptive sports open to all community members on a drop-in basis at no cost. Advance registration is required.

Fall Season Social Icebreaker
Monday, September 6 (Labor Day)

Fall program lineup coming soon!

To register or sign up for updates from the program, click here.

EMU Adaptive Sports

Eastern Michigan University is looking to launch an adaptive sports program spanning a range of sports including bocce ball, ping pong, floor hockey, and more!

To share your input, contact adaptivesportsclubemu@gmail.com

Livingston Get-Together Activities

The CIL is working with Special Ministries of Livingston County on a variety of programs. A few include:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 25, 6:30 pm: Zoom Game Night: Wheel of Fortunte
  • Thursday, Aug. 26, 6:30 pm: Parent/Caregiver Meeting at 2|42

Register or info: Brook at brook@livingstoncc.org.

AARP Ride@50+ Program – Washtenaw County

Would you like to view all your public transportation options in one place and compare times, locations, and pricing? Learn more about the AARP Ride@50+ program, a partnership with AAATA bringing transportation information to citizens in one place. To learn more, visit the AARP Ride@50+ program website, call 844-900-4892, or download the app by searching for Feonix.

Many transportation providers offer discounted rates through this program.

Re-Establish the Michigan Legislature’s Disability Caucus

With the CIL, Developmental Disabilities Council and the Self-Advocates of Michigan, be part of the advocacy work to bring back the Disability Caucus within the Michigan Legislature.

Info: Brett Williams, Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council, at WilliamsB18@michigan.gov

Autism MeetUp

Peer group for adults 18 and over with autism in collaboration with the Developmental Disabilities Council of Michigan and the Ann Arbor CIL.

Meets online the first Tuesday of every month, 6-8 pm

Info: Ibullock@aacil.org

Your Input Needed: Survey about Pregnancy and Spinal Cord Injury

The University of Michigan is conducting a research study about pregnancy considerations among women with spinal cord injury. If you are over 18, have a spinal cord injury and are actively planning a pregnancy or in the process of making a decision about whether or not to get pregnant, your input is needed about a new pregnancy decision-making tool for women with SCI. Compensation is available. To sign up for more info click here.

Your Input Needed: Survey about Disability and Media Use

The California School of Professional Psychology is conducting research to learn more about disability and media. If you are an adult 18-65 with a mobility disability for at least 2 years, you are invited to participate. People who complete the online survey enter a raffle to win a $25 or a $100 Amazon gift card.

Your Input Needed: Survey about Wheelchair Use

Do you use a manual wheelchair, either for partial or total support of your mobility? If you are age 50+, the University of Michigan is requesting your input via a brief online survey that will take 10-15 minutes to complete. Participants will receive a $10 gift card.
Email tabattak@umich.edu or call 734-764-9965 for info.