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Disability Living Skill Development

When you have a disability, all kinds of challenges create barriers to your independence. At the Ann Arbor CIL, our team can help you with basic life needs to help you achieve a full, meaningful, and independent life. We firmly believe in the idea that people with disabilities should have the same access to a great quality of life as everyone else.

We also understand that solving complex problems takes a great amount of emotional, physical, and financial energy. We have expertise in a variety of areas to help you improve the quality of your life.
The IL Team members are especially skilled at helping people to set goals, eliminate counter-productive behaviors, prioritize and sequence issues to work on, and devise a long-term approach to making a real difference on challenging issues. And they stay working with people, providing ongoing support and encouragement on their path to achieving their goals.

Below are just a few of the areas where we can help:

Independent Living Skill Building

Having a disability can affect people in many ways. Our team helps people manage disability challenges and learn new ways of doing things. We also help people with budgeting, problem-solving and decision-making, goal-setting, managing home environments, and getting organized. Much of what we do is personal support. We’re great listeners and tireless coaches.

Connecting with Resources and Navigating Bureaucracies

Understanding the world of resources in the community can sometimes be overwhelming and confusing. IL Team members have thorough knowledge of community resources and can help individuals with disabilities seek out the resources they need. The IL Team helps people communicate with employers, landlords, medical providers, and others. They help people fill out forms and make important phone calls.

Individual Advocacy

Often people with disabilities need help standing up for what they need. All of our Ann Arbor CIL staff members help individuals learn about resources, advocate for themselves, and be heard.
“Carolyn Grawi has really helped get support services for my son. She’s helped him get special education, transportation, and other things. I didn’t know there was so much help out there. Carolyn opened my eyes. So much has changed for my son, and she deserves a lot of credit.” Robin Simpson, mother of Tim Simpson, who is an individual with cerebral palsy.

Housing and Transportation

Finding affordable and accessible housing and transportation can be challenging and worrisome for many people with disabilities. Our IL Team members help people find accessible housing and transportation and can also help resolve problems such as disputes with landlords and difficulty paying rent.

Nursing Facility Transition Assistance

Too often, individuals with disabilities are living in a nursing home, not because they need to be, but only because of circumstance. Our Nursing Facility Transition program can help you or a family member move out of a nursing home and into an independent living situation in the community.

Benefits Consultation

Our staff are knowledgeable about various benefit programs available to some people with disabilities, such as Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, subsidized housing, and food stamps. They help people understand their options, make informed choices, and advocate for the benefits they need.

Help Finding In-Home Care

Our staff can help you find in-home care for things like getting in or out of bed, dressing, taking care of personal hygiene, cooking, and shopping. We have also helped people with disabilities advocate with their health insurance providers to help cover needed services.

Connecting People with Social Opportunities

Having a disability can sometimes be very isolating. Our staff place great importance on the social and recreation needs of people with disabilities. We can help you improve your social skills and make meaningful social connections. We can also connect you with support groups and peer support.

Veterans Support

We work closely with the Veteran’s Administration to provide support for the unique needs of veterans.

CIL Loan Closet

We accept a limited number of donations as needed for items such as: tub transfer benches and shower chairs, manual wheelchairs, and bedside commodes that are in very good condition. Please contact the Ann Arbor CIL Receptionist at (734) 971-0277 for more information.

Other resources for used medical equipment in Washtenaw County

A nonprofit, Michigan-based web site where people can buy, sell or give away Assistive Technology. Includes everything from walkers, grab bars, and hospital beds, to power scooters, custom vans, Braille machines, and software.

Emmanuel Lutheran Church

201 N. River St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197
734- 482-7121

Faith In Action, Inc.

603 S. Main, Chelsea, MI. 48118
734- 475-3305

Friends In Deed

734-484-4357 Fax: 734-484-5335
M-F 9:30am-12 noon

Medical Supply Sharing

Belleville, MI

Memorial Christian Church

730 Tappan, Ann Arbor, MI
(734) 662-4245

Saline American Legion

320 Michigan Ave., Saline, MI 48176
(734) 429-7310

Recycle Ann Arbor Reuse Center

Sells used DME, reasonably priced
2420 S. Industrial, Ann Arbor, MI 48104