Leading a Self-Determined Life...

For people with disabilities, navigating social support systems & government benefits can be an uphill climb. Listen to a couple of local self-advocates- Peg Ball and Lloyd Shelton- share their take on the best ways to engage in self-advocacy in the areas of Public Benefits, Education, Housing & Careers. Peg is a life coach,a person with a disability and has extensive experience with both Center for Independent Living and PPA. Lloyd now works for U of M after getting his MSW there, and is an organizer for students with disabilities at the University. The workshop will be held at the Center for Independent Living on Thursday, January 7th from 3:00-4:30 PM. The talk is sponsored by Partners in Personal Assistance in partnership with the CIL. Please RSVP by calling PPA, 734-214-3890 or CIL, 734-971-0277.

Double Up Food Bucks Program Extended!

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 locally-grown fruits & vegetables. What a fantastic way to stretch your food budget and how cool is it that this program was extended into Spring of 2016!

VisionConnect™ Free Accessible App from the American Foundation for the Blind

VisionConnect™ is a new, free, accessible app for iPhones and iPads from the American Foundation for the Blind that gives support to people losing their vision. The app can also help busy rehabilitation professionals, teachers, doctors and other health care professionals as they provide information about vision rehabilitation services to individuals with vision loss and/or their families.

VisionConnect™ provides:
• A directory of services searchable by service, zip code, and distance, available in the U.S. and Canada.
• Resources and tips for living independently with a visual impairment.
• Links to useful information on VisionAware, FamilyConnect, and CareerConnect.
• Information on products and technology.
• Personal stories and employment advice.
• A way to save directory search results and email them.

You can learn more about the app at AFB VisionConnect™ App and download it for free at afb.org/apps.

Dia De La Familia Latina

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Join us Sunday, October 4th, 2:30-5pm at the downtown AADL, as we partner with the U of M Comprehensive Cancer Center to bring you Dia de la Familia Latina. This informational program - which takes place during National Hispanic Heritage Month - will include health information and resources from local community agencies and organizations, and aims to raise awareness of cancer and other health issues among Latinos. Refreshments and other fun activities will be provided including crafts, face painting, and the talented Magician Cesar Domico to perform for all!

Opiates & Medicine: Where are we, America?

Dawn Farm kicks off their Education Series this year by presenting on the topic of opiates & medicine which has been deemed an "epidemic" by CDC Director Thomas Frieden. Local and national leaders and media headlines echo & highlight this concern. How did we get this way? What drives this “epidemic?” This presentation will be a historically based look at the medical use of opiates, especially in American society. It will focus on the development and use of narcotic medications against the background of the three opiate epidemics in America. The presenter will discuss the history of opiates in medicine, opiate addiction as a brain disease, issues in the use of opiates to treat chronic pain and the medical treatment of addiction. The session is September 22 from 7:30-9:00 PM at the SJMH Education Center.

MI Hidden Talent Tour

A statewide tour to inspire Michigan companies to hire workers with disabilities is coming to Ann Arbor on Sept 24, 2015. Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley and Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard H. Bernstein will share stories about companies who found valuable workers who have a disability. As part of the MI Hidden Talent Tour, these state leaders, along with local organizations helping with this effort, will provide resources and answer questions for business leaders who want to explore this untapped pool of talent. The event takes place at Washtenaw Community College, Morris J. Lawrence Auditorium, 4800 East Huron River Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Welcome reception at 5:30 p.m.; program begins at 6:00 p.m. Please RSVP by registering here.

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 locally-grown fruits & vegetables. What a fantastic way to stretch your food budget!

Need a Picture ID?

If you've been asked for a picture ID and 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 destigmatize it for those who have no other identification card options. Head on down to the Clerk's office in room 120 to look for a special CODE and earn a badge, too!

CodeRED Emergency Telephone Calling System

Boil-water alerts, flooding and other dangers can strike with little or no warning. If you rely on a cell phone only or have recently disconnected your landline telephone, then it’s more important than ever to sign up for the city’s CodeREDTM notification system. This could be the city’s only way to reach you in an emergency situation.

The CodeRED™ Emergency Telephone Calling System is used for mass emergency notifications to notify residents and businesses, within minutes, of an emergency or a potential hazard. The system will call each number and will leave voicemail messages on landlines and cell phones. Register today!

You can select text, cell phone, home phone and even email notification options. When registering, it is important to set up an account so you can manage and update your own contact information. When you set up your account, you can let the city know if you require special assistance in an emergency. This free and vital service is managed by the City of Ann Arbor office of emergency management.

PLEASE NOTE: The City of Ann Arbor's CodeREDTM emergency notification system will only contact residents who live within Ann Arbor city limits. It will not notify outlying areas, such as Ypsilanti, Milan, Dexter, Saline, etc.

The Ann Arbor Commission on Disability Issues is Seeking Commissioners

Are You:

● A Disability Advocate
● Physically Challenged
● Developmentally Disabled
Blind or Visually Impaired
● Deaf or Hard of Hearing
● A Person with a Chronic Disease
● A Care Giver

Become a Commissioner!

The purpose of the Ann Arbor Commission on Disability Issues is to promote and advocate for equal opportunities for all individuals with physical, mental and/or emotional disabilities, including full accessibility in Ann Arbor facilities, programs, businesses and organizations. The Commission addresses issues of significance to the local disability community, through effective committee work and collaboration. Commissioners serve a 3-year term requiring an appointment by the Mayor with approval from City Council. Ann Arbor residents are given priority consideration, but non-residents will be considered if they are viewed to fill a gap on the commission.

Meetings are open to the public and can also be viewed on Community Television Network (CTN)-Comcast Cable Channel 16. You can also view CTN videos On Demand by going to a2gov.org. Public meetings are held at City Hall on the third Wednesday of every month starting at 3:15pm

If you would like an application to apply for a seat on the Commission contact the Mayor’s Office at 734-794-6161 or visit the Resource Page at a2gov.org/disabilityresources. If you want more information about being a commissioner e-mail a2disabilityissues@gmail.com.

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