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Washtenaw Literacy and VISTA

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Washtenaw Literacy has been awarded two AmeriCorps VISTA positions by the [https://www.mnaonline.org|Michigan Non Profit Association] for 2017-2018. Click [http://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=67075&fromSearch=true|here] for posting and link to application. The VISTA positions will support the development of the Community Opportunity Center by providing outreach and onsite management. Additionally, VISTAs will be working on projects to improve financial and workplace literacy for adult learners. Interviews are conducted now! For more information, contact Alison. These full-time positions begin August 8 and are a great opportunity for someone just graduating college, changing careers or newly retired. Don't miss out on a chance to have a significant local impact through [https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorpsvista|VISTA] service!

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Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living Career Services Summer Series

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Join [http://www.annarborcil.org/|The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living] in [http://www.annarborcil.org/2017/05/02/career-services-summer-series/|workshops] that are designed to help you find employment NOW! Each workshop will be presented by Elise Hall, a Human Resource professional and a member of the Ann Arbor CIL Career Services Team.

Preparing for Your Job Search
May 19, 2017
11:30am-1pm
Get a list of the top 10 places to look for employment. Know who you are and where the best fit is for you. Learn what employers are really looking for. Get the inside scoop from a hiring professional!

Job Applications and Resumes
June 22, 2017
4pm-5:30pm
Create a wining resume. Create a cover letter that sings “Hire me!” Learn about job applications and why filling them out matters.

Effective Interviewing
July 13, 2017
3pm-4:30pm
Craft the perfect interview answers. Learn the secret to a 15 second elevator pitch designed to WOW them. Hear effective techniques that help you stand out from the competition.

For more information, questions or to request accommodations, email careerservices@aacil.org

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Fitness at the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living

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Are you trying to meet your [http://www.annarborcil.org/2017/04/24/fitness-at-the-aacil/|fitness] goals? [http://www.annarborcil.org/|The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living] can help! They have free open gym hours Monday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm which includes access to an outdoor basketball hoop!

On Thursdays, May 4 through June 29th from 5:30pm to 6:30pm there will be a free Strength and Conditioning Class. Participants will learn about exercise equipment and make progress towards fitness goals in a guided session. Registration is required.

There will be a [http://www.annarborcil.org/2017/04/25/seated-aerobics-at-the-cil/|Seated Aerobics Class] from May 8th to June 28th on Mondays from 10 to 11am and Wednesdays from 5 to 6pm (no class on May 17th). Don’t be fooled: This workout firms and burns much more than you’d think! It will raise your heart rate and help you burn calories, loosen up stiff joints, and increase your strength, power, flexibility and ability to perform everyday tasks. Registration is required.

They are also offering free One-on-One Fitness Consultation Sessions! During a scheduled consultation, participants will discuss fitness concerns and learn how to best approach their fitness journey.

To register or schedule a consultation email info@aacil.org.

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Dawn Farm's Education Series Continues...

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The public is invited to Dawn Farm’s free [http://www.dawnfarm.org/programs/education-series|Educational Series]. All programs are presented in the [https://www.google.com/maps/@42.2734325,-83.7142224,13z|St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center] auditorium, at 5305 Elliott Drive in Ypsilanti. You can also contact Dawn Farm at 734-485-8725 or info@dawnfarm.org. All are welcome to attend! Registration is not required.

Grief and Loss in Addiction and Recovery will be presented on Tuesday April 18, 2017, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm, by Jerry Fouchey, BS, MA, SpA, CADC; Dawn Farm Outpatient and Personal Medicine therapist; and Barb Smith, author of “Brent’s World.” Unresolved grief and loss frequently accompany people throughout the process of moving from the culture of addiction to the culture of recovery. Families of people with addiction experience grief and loss as well. The epidemic of opioid-related overdose deaths has left bereaved families across our country and our community. This program will explain theories of grief and grief recovery related to losses that people with addiction and their families experience throughout the addiction and recovery processes, and will include a personal story of grief, loss and recovery.

On Friday, April 21st, 2017 from 12:30-2:30 PM pm Dr. Kevin T. McCauley, MD; co-founder of the Institute on Addiction Study; writer of the award-winning DVD [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/keyword/pleasure%20unwoven|Pleasure Unwoven] will present a free program on [http://www.dawnfarm.org/event/emerging-darkness-end-drug-war-rise-recovery| the seeming end of the drug war & rise of recovery].The last twenty years produced an explosion of understanding not only about addiction and brain research, but the most current neuroscientific research about addiction - research that explains how the brain constructs pleasurable experiences, what happens when this process goes wrong, and why this can have a dramatic impact in our ability to make proper choices. There will also be a free reception from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM.

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Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living Spring Job Fair

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The [http://www.annarborcil.org/|Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living] is hosting a [http://www.annarborcil.org/events/?event_id=78614|Spring Job Fair] on Wednesday April 19, 2017 from 10am-2pm. Several companies will be present and looking to fill a variety of positions. Come meet, apply and [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1327900|interview]! For more information, or for accommodation requests, please e-mail careerservices@aacil.org or call (734) 971-0277.

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Need a Picture ID?

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If you've been asked for a picture ID and have been unable to produce it, you may likely be able to get a [http://www.washtenawid.com/home|Washtenaw County ID Card]. Applicants must appear in person at the [http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/clerk_register/washtenaw-county-id-card-program/apply#submit-application-to|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 [https://www.facebook.com/IDiskey|Facebook] to find out about events to promote the ID card. Community members are encouraged to get a [http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/clerk_register/washtenaw-county-id-card-program/county-id-card-application-bilingual|card] in an effort to de-stigmatize it for those who have no other identification card options.

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Drop Off Your Old Eyeglasses!

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Do you have eyeglasses that you no longer use or need? The [https://www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/ann_arbor_host/page-6.php|Ann Arbor (Host) Lions Club] has over 25 Drop-Off Locations through out the county. Lions Club International collects an average of 4.5 millions pairs of glasses per year to send to developing countries. You can also donate prescription or [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/sunglasses| regular sunglasses]! Protecting one's eyes from harmful rays can prevent cataracts, which is a major cause of blindness in the world. You can learn about the science of glaucoma & other eye diseases by listening to or viewing this [http://www.aadl.org/video/view/5700| video] that was taped here last year.

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Audio Description Track on DVD!

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AADL continues to grow its collection of films that have a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Descriptive_Video_Service| Descriptive Video Service or DVS] feature. More films are being produced for children and adults [http://www.aadl.org/user/lists/public/search/described%20video| that are Described Video Recordings] for [http://www.aadl.org/user/lists/3724|L Card users to borrow]. When you look at this list, sort the items to show the newest DVDs first! Some DVDs are even available by mail to our [http://wlbpd.aadl.org|WLBPD patrons] as [https://nfb.org/free-matter|Free Matter for the Blind]. If your vision isn't what it used to be, you may want to try watching a film with described narration. That way you don't have to ask other folks what's happening on the screen and can concentrate on the film.

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Crisis Text Line

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Need someplace to turn during a crisis? Looking for some support during a difficult time? Now you can contact the [http://www.crisistextline.org/|Crisis Text Line] by texting 741741. You'll be greeted by an automated message and then connected with a crisis counselor who will help you sort through the situation. The service is free but messaging rates apply if you do not have service though Verizon, Sprint, AT&T or T-Mobile. Interested in learning more about how the Crisis Text Line works? Take a look at the [https://www.ted.com/talks/nancy_lublin_texting_that_saves_lives|TED talk by Founder and CEO Nancy Lublin].

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Youth in Transition to Adulthood Support Group

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[http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/public_health/family_health/family-health-services/ph_hltchild.html|Children’s Special Health Care Services] and [http://www.annarborcil.org/|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 next meeting is on February 2nd and will feature a presentation on [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1467566|financial literacy]. If you would like to attend, please RSVP with the number of attendees by noon on Tuesday, January 31st to barcomec@ewashtenaw.org or 734-544-6874.