Safe and Effective Management of Pain & Addiction

The Institute of Medicine estimates that around a 100 million Americans suffer with chronic pain, & it’s estimated that about 10% of our population has or has had a substance use disorder. People with pain deserve relief and there are many strategies for both acute and chronic pain management that are safe and effective for people at risk of or in recovery from substance use disorders.

You’re invited to learn about Safe and Effective Management of Pain and Addiction on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the SJMH Education Center. Learn from local addictionologists and pain management specialists Dr. Carl Christensen, MD, Ph.D., FACOG, FASAM, ABAM; and Dr. Mark A. Weiner, MD, about various methods of both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic pain management; their relative risks and benefits, and describe creative approaches to effective pain relief for people in recovery from substance use disorders. To learn more about the Dawn Farm Education Series, click here.

Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living Open Gym

Winter is here! Do you have a fitness plan? Start today by attending an orientation at the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living Open Gym and setting a fitness goal before the New Year is here. To attend open hours at the gym you must go through orientation with a staff member. Each orientation session runs for an hour. Orientations will be held at the following times:

December 14, 2016 at 1pm
December 15, 2016 at 6pm
December 19, 2016 at 3pm
December 20, 2016 at 6pm

Open gym hours are on Tuesday from 10am to 4pm and Thursday from 10am to 6:30pm. For more information, to RSVP and/or request accommodations, email

Youth in Transition to Adulthood Support Group

Children’s Special Health Care Services and The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living will be co-sponsoring a Youth in Transition to Adulthood Support Group for youth with disabilities and chronic illnesses and their parents. This fun and informative group will be meeting during the first week of the month in January, February, June, and August and later in the months of April and September. The meetings will take place from 6:30 to 8:00 at The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living in Conference Room A. The first meeting is on January 5th and will feature a presentation on the new MiAble savings program for youth with disabilities. If you would like to attend, please RSVP with the number of attendees by noon on Tuesday, January 4th to or 734-544-6874.


Here's a disturbing statistic: One out of seven Washtenaw County middle and high school students have contemplated suicide. What can we do about it?

Through the collaboration of ONE Washtenaw, agencies, organizations and the faith community are working together to coordinate their efforts to prevent suicide, especially of our young citizens. One of their joint ventures is the 'R U OK?' Suicide Prevention Campaign. Community Mental Health, Ozone House and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline have created this awareness campaign. Additionally, training is available for anyone who would like to be a 'lifeguard'. By following the training components of R U OK community members & students can learn how to detect signs of depression & hopelessness, what to say and resources to share. Sometimes just ONE positive interaction can make all the difference for someone contemplating ending their life.

If you feel like you're not O.K. and need someone to talk to here are some important phone numbers: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255, Washtenaw Community Mental Health Access: 734-544-3050 or 800-440-7548 and Ozone House: 734-662-2222.

Spread the word & find out: R U OK?

Michigan Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment Survey

Are you an individual with a disability or a friend or family member of someone with a disability? Do you want to share your opinion about the needs and services for individuals with disabilities in your community? If you answered yes, then you qualify to take an important survey about the service needs for people with disabilities in our Michigan communities. To take the survey online, click here. To take the survey over the phone, call Su Pi at (517) 432-0273. Your opinion is very important!

Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living Job Talk

Join the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living on Tuesday, October 25 from 10 am to 12 pm for Job Talk, part of their Career Workshop Series. Job Talk is an opportunity to meet your peers to learn from each other, provide support, and share your experiences. The focus of these sessions is positive strategies and peer support to create a community where people help each other with job leads, kind words, and sincere interest. For more information, or for accommodation requests, please e-mail

Networking for Success

Have you ever felt a little reluctant when it comes to networking? Join the Arbor Center for Independent Living as they welcome Greg Peters, founder of The Reluctant Networker, as part of their Career Services Workshop Series on November 16 from 10am to 12pm. Greg coaches individuals, trains staff, and presents to associations and other groups on how to get past their reluctance and start building better connections and stronger networks. He is a professional member of the National Speakers Association and the author of the radio program "Calm, Cool, and Connected at the Networking Event." Come out and learn how to get connected through networking! For more information, or for accommodation requests, email

Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living Open House

Join the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living for an Open House on October 6, 2016 from 3pm to 6pm. You'll learn more about the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living including career services workshops, youth services, advocacy supports and peer support. You'll also get to explore the building and meet the staff! For more information, or for accommodation requests, please e-mail

Launching a Business No Matter What: Starting a Business With a Disability

Join Cheranissa Roach, Business Consultant with the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, as she discuss how to launch a business with a disability. She has worked with over 350 people to help them start small businesses! This free workshop will be held on Tuesday, September 20 from 1 to 3pm at the Entrepreneurship Center at Washtenaw Community College. The workshop will cover what it takes to launch a small business, what types of supports are there to help people with a disability in business, developing the mindset to win at business given your disability, and a few other tips to help you understand what is necessary to be successful in launching a business. Register here.

Parenting on Your Own?

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Join The MSU Extension at The Hope Center for a weekly parenting session for single parents. Sessions are every Thursday from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and are at no cost. Pre-register by calling 734-222-3943. AADL has a large collection of parenting books and there's plenty to peruse on the Parenting Shelf in the Youth Department, too. It never hurts to brush up on your parenting skills!

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