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 7/22/21. 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

Due Friday: Enter the CIL Photo Contest for a Chance to Win Prizes!

Photo contest photos are due Friday at 5 pm! So far we have received a variety of great submissions from many of you living life this summer. Whether you are at home or active in the community, we want to see the true YOU doing whatever YOU do.

Categories:
1. Recreation and leisure
2. Together with family and friends
3. At home and in the community
4. Bonus category: What do disability rights mean to you?

Six winners will receive up to $100 in cash cards. Winners will be announced Monday, July 26, the anniversary of the ADA! By submitting your photo, you give the CIL permission to include it in any CIL publicity material.

Submit your photos by text or email: 734-535-1768 or marketing@aacil.org

College Scholarship Program Accepting Applications

The CIL’s John Weir Scholarship program is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year. All high school seniors and first and second year college students with disabilities are invited to apply. This year, for the first time ever, one-time scholarships will be up to $4000. You can apply online or by mailing in your application. For more information, click here.

Applications due Monday, July 26

John Weir was one of the founders of the Ann Arbor CIL and a dedicated peer, role model and advocate for people with disabilities.

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.

Mondays 3-4pm and Wednesdays 4-5pm
Join as often as you like

July 26: Off for ADA
July 28: Participants Choice! Last session before the August break

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

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

Week of July 22: Hotel for Dogs

Week of July 29: Kung Fu Panda

Week of August 5: The Lorax

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!

Wednesdays, 2-3:30 pm

**On break Wednesday, July 28**

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

Info: Claire at cmoore@aacil.org

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.

Tuesdays, 1:30 – 2:30 pm

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.

Hill Week: July 21-29

Coinciding with the anniversary of the ADA, join us for online Zoom meetings with our State Reps and Senators to share the voices and input of people with disabilities on matters that are important to all of us.

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

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Perfectly Seasoned: Considerations for Older Adult Employment

Join Michigan Rehabilitation Services and career development professionals to discuss preparing for jobs in the digital age, making experience work for you, and navigating the work place.

Friday, August 6, 2 pm – 3 pm

Join online or by phone. Email DauP@michigan.gov for info.

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

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.

Wheelchair Basketball

Mondays and Wednesdays, thru Aug. 25, 6:30-8:30 pm
Peace Lutheran Church, 8260 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor
Equipment optional with advance request

Wheelchair Tennis

Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 pm and Saturdays, 9-11 am
Thru August 28
University of Michigan Varsity Tennis Center, 2250 S. State St, Ann Arbor
Equipment available upon advance request

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

U-M Adaptive Kayaking

The University of Michigan’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department is holding adaptive still water paddling kayaking open to the public. Kids and adults welcome. Kayaks provided. You must be able to breathe independently and hold head upright.

July 24, August 21

90-minute sessions between 9 am and 4 pm. Times assigned by the organizers.

Gallup Park Canoe Livery, 3000 Fuller Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Register: Email pmr-umaisetr@umich.edu

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:

  • Thursday, July 22: Online! Mystery Bags with Clues!
  • Saturday, July 24, 11 am: Bowling at the Howell Bowl E Drome
  • Tuesday, July 27, 6:30 pm: Fowlerville Fair and Demolition Derby
  • Wednesday, July 26, 6:30 pm: Craft Night: On Zoom and in person!
  • Thursday, July 29, 6:30 pm: Parent/Caregiver meetup on Zoom
  • Friday, July 30, 6:30 pm: Shrek the Movie on Zoom

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

Reflective Photography Workshop

Interested in capturing life with a disability and impacting social change in the community? Join Detroit Disability Power’s workshop to capture, discuss, and leverage photography for social change. Must be a person with a disability and/or caregiver in Oakland, Macomb, Wayne, or Washtenaw county. $50 Meijer gift cards for participants.

Thursdays, 5:30-7 pm, July 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

Info or RSVP: kaci@detroitdisabilitypower.org