Great Start Readiness Pre-School Program

Give your pre-schooler the benefit of early-childhood education. Your family may qualify for Free Public Pre-School. The Great Start Readiness Program prioritizes children by risk factors that may typically be a barrier to success in school. To see if you or a family you know qualifies for this program call your local United Way 2 1 1 line, or go to this website for more information.

Double Up Food Bucks!

If you receive Public Food Assistance, you can receive Double Up food Bucks and buy twice the amount of goods at area Farmer's Markets. This program allows recipients to spend any amount up to $20.00 per day using your Bridge Card to purchase Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB). Double that $20 to $40 by spending it on healthy, delicious Farmers Market foods like bread, baked goods plus fruits and vegetables. What a fantastic way to stretch your food budget!

WORLD SIGHT DAY - Oct. 10, 2013

World Sight Day (WSD) is an annual global event, on the second Thursday of October that brings attention to blindness and vision impairment as a major international public health issue. The World Health Organization and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness help coordinate events and activities for this important day of awareness, and Lions Clubs International very actively promotes WSD through their many local organizations. Other WSD goals are to influence governments to be involved and to designate funds to treat this problem. They also hope to educate target audiences about blindness prevention. Locally, the Washtenaw Library for the Blind & Physically Disabled housed at the Ann Arbor District Library, loans books, magazines, and videos in alternative formats (digital cartridge, digital download, large print, Braille, and descriptive video) to individuals of all ages who are certified as unable to read or use standard printed materials as a result of temporary or permanent visual or physical limitations. For more information about this service, call 734-327-4224.

Focus Groups for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

The Washtenaw Association for Community Advocacy and the statewide Partners Against Violence and Injustice in Michigan are gathering information to improve services for adults with development disabilities in Washtenaw County and across Michigan. The team is seeking individuals with developmental disabilities to participate in a 90 minute focus group by sharing ideas and providing examples of what has worked well and what hasn’t during programs or while receiving services. Focus groups will be held on July 16th and 17th at the Ann Arbor Center For Independent Living at 11 am and 2 pm each day. Transportation and other assistance is available, and participants will receive a $25 Meijer gift card for their time. Light refreshments will also be available. To register for one of the discussions, please contact Beth at 734-662-1256 or bgarlock@washtenawaca.org.

Planning for Aging: Informational Event

Whether you are planning for your own future needs, are a caregiver for an older adult or will assist a loved one to develop a personal care plan, this informational event will be of interest to you. Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor are pleased to offer this presentation about three essential topics all aging adults, family members and caregivers should be familiar with: Long term care insurance, Private duty home health care, and Housing options for older adults in Washtenaw County.The session will be held on June 27 from 7:00-8:30 PM at the JCC and is for informational & educational purposes. There will be no marketing of services. To RSVP or ask a question, please contact: Diane Fenske, Older Adult Services Coordinator, JFS (734) 769-0209 or diane@jfsannarbor.org.

Staying Healthy with a Disability

For people with disabilities or long-term health conditions the state of Michigan now offers a six-week workshop that helps you improve your health and manage your symptoms. You will learn how to deal with not feeling well, communicate better with doctors and family members, relax and overcome stress, increase your energy, improve your performance of everyday activities, and stay independent. The program is called PATH (Personal Action Toward Health), and you can get details and find out where the workshop location is in your region by calling Candace Lee at the Michigan Department of Community Health at 517-335-3188, email leec@michigan.gov. For more information at the national level visit National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability.

National Federation of the Blind of Michigan 2013 Scholarship Program

The National Federation of the Blind of Michigan is pleased to offer two scholarships in the amount of $500 to outstanding blind college students in the state of Michigan. Scholarship winners will be required to attend the entire state convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Michigan, and participate in all activities sponsored by the Michigan Association of Blind Students. This convention will take place October 18-20, 2013 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. All convention expenses including transportation, hotel accommodations, and registration will be provided as part of this scholarship. All application materials must be submitted by Sept. 6, 2013, and winners will be notified by Sept. 27. If you have questions or would like an application contact Terri Wilcox at 734-663-4050 or trising@sbcglobal.net.

Insurance Plan A/ABW Open Enrollment

Washtenaw Health Plan's Plan A/ABW Open enrollment is a month-long rare opportunity for uninsured Adult Residents of Washtenaw County to possibly become insured. Under this insurance plan, adults between the ages of 19-64 with NO minor children in their custody may be eligible for comprehensive health coverage-including a $1.00 co-pay for brand and generic prescription drugs. You can apply online or come to one of the numerous enrollment opportunities throughout the rest of April. The Washtenaw Health Plan office will be taking walk-in applicants all month. Additionally, there will be a chance to enroll at the following sites this week: Tuesday, April 23 Packard Health West, 1-3 pm; Ypsilanti Library Whittaker Road, 5-7 pm; Faith in Action-Chelsea;Wednesday, April 24th, 9-11 am; and Packard Health-Main; Thursday, April 25th, 9-11 am. Don't forget every day until May 1 at at Washtenaw Health Plan, 555 Towner, Ypsilanti, 8:30 am-5pm. College Students and other uninsured adults may be eligible for this program.

Dental Screening Day!

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On Saturday, February 2nd, the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and the Washtenaw District Dental Society will be providing a free Dental Screening day. This is happening on the 2nd Floor Pediatric Dentistry Clinic. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and will close after the first 100 participants have registered. Children ages 5-12 years welcome but must be accompanied by their parent or guardian.

The Affordable Care Act: Evolution of Senior Health

The idea of Senior Health has evolved since the creation of Medicare in 1965. The passing of the Affordable Care Act has further changed health care for seniors. Part of the 2013 MLK symposium, this presentation will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2013 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at: the Turner Senior Resource Center. Jacquetta Hinton will be presenting and this free event includes lunch.

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