Caring for a Loved One with Dementia


On Sunday, January 10, from 11:00am - 12:30pm at the Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family Services will continue their "Caregiver Conversations" group, a monthly drop-in educational and support group for adult children in a variety of caregiving roles for their aging parents. This conversation is titled "Caring for a Loved One with Dementia." The group holds a potluck brunch at the meeting. RSVP to Abbie at 769-0209 or

Bountiful Bowl Program

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With all that's going on in our economy, it can be hard for families to afford feeding their pet. The Humane Society of Huron Valley has a program that helps to supplement one's supply of pet food called Bountiful Bowls. The Humane Society relies on donations of quality pet food for this program. The winter holidays are often a time that people like to organize food drives. Have you ever considered a pet food drive? Look at their wish list for more information!

Canned Food Drive


The Washtenaw Youth Mentoring Coalition and the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living are hosting a canned food drive to benefit Food Gatherers November 30 through December 12. Please bring non-perishable items that have not passed their expiration date, and avoid bringing items in glass containers. Food Gatherers also accepts toothbrushes, toothpaste, diapers, soap, and shampoo. Bring the items to the Ann Arbor CIL, 3941 Research Park Drive, Ann Arbor. The CIL is open Mondays through Fridays 9 am to 5 pm.

Curious about Blindness?

Do you have kids or family friends who know someone who is visually impaired? I know I was fascinated about the subject as a child. I've run across a couple books lately that would have fit the bill for me. One is "Do You Remember the Color Blue?" And Other Questions Kids Ask about Blindness by Sally Hobart Alexander & although it is somewhat outdated regarding Assistive Technology, the book asks & answers some tough questions to its blind author. The other book, The Black Book of Colors, has descriptions of color based on imagery & illustrations made with raised lines. Both books, as well as our collection of Braille + Print books can make for an interesting family discussion.

Career Development Workshop


Worried your disability may hurt your chances of getting a job? Wonder whether you should disclose your disability? Need work experience that will make a difference? Learn about opportunities in Michigan's AmeriCorps and other Michigan corporations at a career development workshop presented by Henry Ford Community College and UM-Dearborn in partnership with DiverseAbility LLC and Michigan's AmeriCorps. The workshop is on Tuesday, November 3 from 10am to noon at the Henry Ford Community College ASCC Building Rosenau Rooms A, B, and C at 5101 Evergreen, Dearborn, MI 48126. Register today, and feel free to request any accommodations that you might need by calling Brenda Buchanan at 313-845-9617.

Assistive Technology at AADL

The Downtown Library has a new dedicated area of assistive technology devices that are available for anyone with a visual or learning disability, including a Kurzweil 1000 scanning station and JAWS text-to-speech software, a Braille embosser, a closed circuit reader and magnifiers at all public desks. Public computers at Malletts Creek, Traverwood, West and Downtown Youth have JAWS, and a function that enlarges type is on all public computers. Assistive technology trainer, Nick Wilcox, is ready to help walk-in patrons on the second floor at the Downtown Library from 2-6pm on Tuesdays or by requesting an appointment at WLBPD: 734-327-4224.

Investing in Ability Week


Join the University of Michigan's Council for Disability Concerns, in collaboration with the University of Michigan Health System and the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, for 12 days of celebrating arts and abilities! Event subjects include understanding autism, service dogs, adaptive technology and more! Click here for a calendar of events. All events are free and everyone is welcome. If accommodations are needed, please contact

Friday Art Group at Center for Independent Living


Join the Center of Independent Living every week as they exercise creativity in the Friday Art Group. Art sessions begin at 1 pm and generally end at 3 pm. Participants choose which project to do each week. Past projects have included trinket boxes, mosaics, decorating ceramic plates before firing, and jewelry. Bring your creativity, music to share and, if you like, a snack. Projects generally take between two and four weeks to complete. The program is free, but please call if you plan on coming so there will be more supplies on hand. The art comes to life at the Ann Arbor CIL, 3941 Research Park Drive, Ann Arbor. For more information, contact Sue Probert at (734) 971-0277 x34 The group now meets in the Gathering Place or kitchen in the CIL.

Holistic Health Fair


Community Collaborative Outreach Gift Board, a nonprofit organization whose primary function is to improve the lives of the citizens of the Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor area, is hosting a holistic health fair on Saturday, August 29, from 10:00am until 2:00pm. The fair will be held in the Fellowship Hall of Community Church of God located at 565 Jefferson Avenue in Ypsilanti and will address issues relating to health, education, children, veterans, seniors, and finance. This will be a great family event with light refreshments, prizes, and trinkets. There will truly be something for everyone!

Free Pottery Class for People with Disabilities


The University of Michigan School of Art and Design and the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living are jointly offering a class on working with clay for people with disabilities September 21 through December 7. Classes take place Mondays from 2 to 4 pm at the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living. The classes are free, and no tools or prior experience is necessary. Space is limited to 20 people who must make a firm commitment. To join, contact Carolyn Grawi at or 734-971-0277 x. 16.

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