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!

My Turn- Sensory Friendly Sundays

My Turn is a non-profit organization created by families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders and is managed by the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. Project Partners include the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Leslie Science and Nature Center, and Therapeutic Riding Inc., all of whom host Sensory Friendly Sunday sessions.

Each program will last for two hours and will allow My Turn visitors to have the opportunity to explore at their own pace and in their own way, in a less sensory stimulating and crowd-free environment. Families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder are invited to attend each free program and participate in hands-on activities designed specifically for ASD audiences.

The next event will be held Sunday, September 11th from 10:00 a.m. - noon at the Leslie Science and Nature Center. Be sure to check out the events calendar to find a My Turn event through March 2017

It's time for the Dawn Farm Jamboree!

You’re invited to have a great time while supporting a great cause at Dawn Farm's Fantastic 43rd Anniversary Jamboree on Sunday, September 11th, 2016 from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm! Admission and all activities are free! This is a great family activity with hayrides, pony rides, crafts and a children’s tent, too. Visit the working farm or bid on unique items in both silent and live auctions. Food and beverages will be for sale for a variety of tastes. Funds raised from the auctions will help support critical addiction services for individuals who need help and lack resources. For more information, or if you would like to volunteer at the event, call 734-485-8725.

Need a Picture ID?

If you've been asked for a picture ID and have been unable to produce it, you may likely be able to get a Washtenaw County ID Card. Applicants must appear in person at the Washtenaw County Vital Records Division. There are point values attributed to a broad range of documents that can serve as proof for applicants to get a picture ID card when they may have been unable to get ID in the past. The cost of the card is $25.00 and is for all ages. Check out the Washtenaw County ID Project on Facebook to find out about events to promote the ID card. Community members are encouraged to get a card in an effort to de-stigmatize it for those who have no other identification card options.

Meet Up & Eat Up!

Over 14% of the population in Washtenaw County are considered food insecure. During the school year, kids on the Federal Lunch program have, thankfully, a couple of meals built into their day. In the summer months, children can still rely on a considerable number of Summer Food Service Programs so that no one goes hungry. These programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and sponsored by Food Gatherers. Spread the word to ensure all of Washtenaw County's children are adequately fed this summer!

VISIONS 2016 Vendor Fair: What's New In Technology And Services for the Blind And Visually Impaired

Wednesday May 11, 2016: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm -- Washtenaw Community College - Morris Lawrence Building

This 2016 VISIONS Vendor Fair is presented by the Ann Arbor District Library (which also serves as the Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled) and is cosponsored by the State of Michigan's Bureau of Services for Blind Persons and Washtenaw Community College.

A variety of Michigan exhibitors will demonstrate the latest products and services for the blind and visually impaired. Electronic readers, magnifiers, support services for the blind, Braille devices, library services, CCTVs, leader dogs, and transportation services are just a few of the many outstanding services and products that will be on display.

Presentations will also be offered each hour on topics related to vision health, services, and assistive technology.


11:00 am: Karen Keninger, National Library Service Director This session Highlights new developments at the National Library Service, including partnerships with technology developers to access the NLS's Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) site on their devices; changing Braille technology, improvements to BARD and BARD mobile, and more.

12:00 pm: Dr. Lylas Mogk, Center for Vision Rehabilitation and Research at the Henry Ford Health System Learn more about the different patterns of vision loss, their respective common causes, their functional and psychosocial impact, and strategies for living fully with vision loss.

1:00 pm: The AT Guys, Assistive Technology Experts J.J. Meddaugh, host of the Blind Bargains Qast, discusses the latest technology to improve your quality of life. He will discuss accessible mobile phones and tablets including iPhone and Android devices, the latest computer software, portable devices, and what's on the horizon. Bring your technology questions.

2:00 pm: The Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled The Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled @ AADL was honored to receive the prestigious National Award for Subregional Library of the Year from the National Library Service at the Library of Congress this past summer. Learn more about what WLBPD@AADL can do for you as Library Director Josie Parker highlights services available to individuals of all ages in Washtenaw County who are unable to read standard printed materials.

There is no admission charge and ample free parking is available.

Five hundred people attended the 2014 Visions Vendor Fair and this year's fair, featuring presentations addressing national and regional issues, promises to be even more eventful.

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