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Youth in Transition to Adulthood Support Group

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 2:17pm

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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 first meeting is on January 5th and will feature a presentation on the new [http://www.michigan.gov/mistudentaid/0,4636,7-128-60921_74426---,00.html\|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 barcomec@ewashtenaw.org or 734-544-6874.

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R U OK?

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:12pm

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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 [http://onewashtenaw.org|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, [http://ozonehouse.org|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 [http://www.ruok.training|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?

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Michigan Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment Survey

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 4:29pm

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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 [http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-28313---,00.html|here]. To take the survey over the phone, call Su Pi at (517) 432-0273. Your opinion is very important!

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Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living Job Talk

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 11:41am

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Join the [http://www.annarborcil.org/|Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living] on Tuesday, October 25 from 10 am to 12 pm for Job Talk, part of their [http://www.annarborcil.org/2016/10/13/career-services-workshops/|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 careerservices@aacil.org.

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Networking for Success

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 9:27am

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 careerservices@aacil.org.

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Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living Open House

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 12:20pm

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 careerservices@aacil.org.

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

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 9:30am

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.

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Parenting on Your Own?

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 12:04pm

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Join [http://ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/extension|The MSU Extension] at [http://www.thehopeclinic.org/medical-clinic/ypsilanti-medical-clinic/|The Hope Center] for a weekly parenting session for single parents. [http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/extension/FCS/parentingonyourown.pdf|
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 [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/keyword/parenting| parenting skills]!

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My Turn- Sensory Friendly Sundays

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 4:49pm

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[http://myturncommunity.org/|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 [k:autism spectrum disorder|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 [http://www.lesliesnc.org/|Leslie Science and Nature Center.] Be sure to check out the events calendar to find a My Turn event through March 2017

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It's time for the Dawn Farm Jamboree!

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 9:56am

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You’re invited to have a great time while supporting a great cause at [http://www.dawnfarm.org/event/dawn-farm-43rd-anniversary-jamboree|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 [http://www.dawnfarm.org|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.