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.

Help For Young Parents & Pregnant Teens

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Life can be tough out there if you are a parent under the age of 21 or a pregnant teenager. Add to that being homeless or aging out of (or still in) foster care and things can seem hopeless. Fortunately a new grant to serve this group of young people is available in our community. Services are available to resolve immediate needs as well as future planning.To refer a teen parent who is at risk, contact Catherine Kabira, Wraparound Facilitator at 734-929-6509 or

Music Services for Blind and Physically Handicapped Individuals

The Library of Congress, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicappped (NLS) offers an extensive music program for its patrons. The NLS Music Services has scores, music theory, instrument instruction, biographies, and articles reprinted from periodicals. They are available in large print, Braille, Web-Braille, and on cassette. Anyone residing in the U.S. or its territories, or an American citizen living abroad, whose visual or physical impairment prevents them from reading regular-print, is eligible. Music lovers with disabilities can get in tune with this wonderful program by calling 800-424-8567 or by going to the NLS Web site.

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